You can’t have a Jeannie to fulfill all your wishes but you surely can own something which will listen to all your commands with no questions asked policy!! Take a guess…giving up already?? Well, it is none other than the Smart Home Devices.

Think about it: Every aspect of your life has been improved in some way including the home life with smart technology and I’m sure you can’t deny the fact. The way you control the appliances, lighting, security, and even the temperature in your home has been developed over the years with smart home automation technology.

In this guide, you’ll learn about smart home automation that has helped people improve their lives. To begin with, you need to know- 

Summary

Why smart homes? 

What is smart home automation?

What can smart home automation do?

How to connect smart home devices?

 Types of Smart Home Automation

Entertainment 

Kitchen & Home Appliances 

Climate control 

Light and fans

How does smart home technology work?

How to choose smart home devices? 

Final Thoughts 

Why smart homes? 

You travel a lot and rarely stay at home and so you have second thoughts of investing in a smart home?!! Well, I agree that this kind of thoughts are valid but let me tell you, whether or not you are home, having a fully automated smart home will always benefit you

Control from anywhere 

Many people, including you and I, might tend to lock the doors or turn off the lights when running late for the office, but what’s best about having a smart home is that you will not have to ring up your neighbour to check the doors of your home because you can then handle everything right from the palm of your home. You can easily control various aspects of your home from your office or even from a different state, all from an app on your smartphone. Saves money 

Wondering how home automation can help you save money? By turning off lights when they’re not in use and automatically adjusting the temperature so you’re not heating or cooling an empty home, you can save on your monthly bills. To give you a rough idea, a smart thermostat saves homeowners up to 12% on their energy bills every year. 

 Saves energy 

Not only money, with home automation, but you can also save energy as well. With lights that automatically turn off when no one is home, for example, you can help conserve power, reducing your carbon footprint. 

 Saves time

You can save much of your time by letting smart home devices do the annoying little tasks like shutting the blinds, setting the thermostat, or even turning off the lights, leaving you free to enjoy more of your me-time 

 Safety 

When you have kids and the elderly at home, worrying for them when you are away is pretty normal. And so, with smart home devices, you can keep a close watch on your home. Smart security devices can monitor the doorsteps, ensuring that package pirates don’t take your deliveries and, if they do, it will provide you with a clear view of who it is and what exactly happened. They can also work to detect smoke, fire, water damage, and carbon monoxide for you, therefore protecting your family’s life from these common threats.

What is smart home automation?

 Your home will have the ability to automatically change the temperature, adjust the lighting, lock the door depending on the criteria that you have set, all thanks to automation. Basically, home automation will connect different devices and systems around the house with each other to allow the automation of various purposes in your home.

What can smart home automation do?

 Well, smart home automation can make your stay at home a lot more fun and interesting. Returning home from a hectic day at the office will instantly cheer up your mood. Let me give you some examples of what so special it is to have a smart home. Starting from- 

  •  Turning on lights the moment you step into a room and then turn off as soon as you leave
  • Locking the doors automatically after waiting for a set amount of time
  •  Unlocking the doors for a quick escape if a smoke detector goes off
  •  Detect lurkers and begin recording automatically with surveillance cameras 
  • Adjusting the temperature of your home with a smart thermostat 

 And there’s a lot more that a fully automated smart home can do, you will just have to pick up the right devices!! 

 Now, before we move on, be honest, didn’t you already begin imagining about staying in a fully automated smart home as and when you were reading the above-stated examples, you surely must have, so, wasn’t the experience pretty cool!!

How to connect smart home devices?

 Were you aware of the fact that you didn’t really require smart home speakers like Amazon echo dot to control the other smart home devices installed at your home?

I believed in the myth that to manage all the smart home devices altogether, having an echo dot speaker was a must but it was pretty much recently when I was finally exposed to the fact that all the smart home devices can be controlled together by a smart app installed in your smartphone, Alexa app is the most preferred ones!! 

However, you need to ensure that all of your smart home devices and the smart app like the Alexa app installed on your phone are connected to the same Wi-fi network

How to connect smart home devices to the Alexa app?

  •  Open the Alexa app 
  •  Click on the More option and select Add a device 
  • Select the type of smart home device you want to connect 
  •  Select the brand of your smart home device and continue to follow the on-screen instructions

 Types of Smart Home Automation

 Before we go ahead with this, the 2 mandatory things required to set up home automation are Wi-Fi and a smart home app. I would like to advise you to have the best of the Wi-Fi connectivity to make the most of your smart home automation and the Alexa app, since, it's promising and easy to manage all your smart home device at your fingertips

  • Security

CCTV cameras

No more thefts and trespassing!! With a collection of sensors, security cameras, and alarms installed and connected via the home network, you can set an alarm and expect it to ring when someone breaks in. With CCTV cameras like QuboMI, for a 3 BHK, you can have 3-4 CCTVs installed in and around the different corners of the house and get access to monitor your house 24/7 on your smartphone through the Alexa app.

 Video Doorbells 

With Zebronics or Ring installed at your main door, you can see and communicate with the person at your door without you walking all the way their

 Motions Sensors 

This smart device from Philips is best to be installed near a door or windows do detect the entry and exit of a person 

Smart Locks

With Godrej smart locks installed you can open and close the doors of your home from anywhere in the world. 

Entertainment 

Have a theatre-like movie watching experience right in your living room with the optimized visual and audio systems installed. To enjoy watching movie or games from anywhere in the home including the porch, your yard, or kitchen, distribute the AV systems throughout your home 

 Smart Tv

 For the best movie-watching experience, going for LG 65-inch smart Tv would be great but if you are tight on budget then you can surely look for a budget-friendly option like Samsung 32 inch smart Tv

Universal Remote 

Managing tv remote, streaming device remote, speaker remotes altogether can be quite a task and so, to skip such a situation, turn to the Logitech universal remote, the touchscreen feature will surely give you a fantastic user experience

Smart Curtains

 With Nicetown Smart Curtains, you can say goodbye to getting up from your comfortable sofas and pulling curtains by hand, thanks to the smart curtains you can draw themselves completely open or closed depending on your command. Smart curtains can also be remote-controlled

Soundbars

 Easily connect to your music apps and dance to your favourite music with smart home JBL soundbars placed in your entertainment room

Kitchen & Home Appliances 

Well, when it comes to kitchen and home appliances, there are endless needs of smart devices but having them all isn’t really possible right and so I have come up with the most common devices that would definitely cut down your time which you otherwise spent in cooking and cleaning IFB smart washing machine, iBell Robot vacuum cleaner, Multi-pot smart rice cooker all allow remote access and control, and can alert you to information that’s relevant to each appliance 

Climate control 

The constant fluctuation in temperature can make you sick but with smart thermostats such as Nest, Emerson, you will not have to worry about it. This smart home device will analyze your routine and set up the temperature of your home based on your preferences which means if you are off to the office, you will still find a cool atmosphere once you are back home. 

Light and fans

 Turning lights, fans on and off is one of the most annoying tasks and if you feel the same way then with Philips hue lighting and Halonix fan  automation you can follow a set schedule, one single button on your phone can control the lights and fans of your entire house

How does smart home technology work?

For having an automated home, you need to connect various devices ensuring that they communicate with each other. There are several smart home technologies that can do the connectivity work but the most common ones are- 

 Wifi

WiFi brings the Internet into your home and helps connect your smart devices together. As per studies, many smart home hubs operate via WiFi.

Bluetooth 

You're probably already using Bluetooth technology on your phone to connect speakers and headphones. You can use it for smart home automation as well. But you will have to ensure that there is close proximity for it to function properly

Z-wave 

Z-wave can help you connect a greater number of devices. Basically, Z-wave technology allows appliances and various other devices to connect to share data

Zigbee

It is what is used in Amazon’s Echo Plus. With a unique personal area network, this technology can help you to connect devices. Generally, it has a range of 10 to 20 meters, though this changes. 

How to choose smart home devices? 

Did you know that there are hundreds and thousands of smart home devices available in the market today that can help you in every possible way but that doesn’t mean you should or you can buy each and everything, right? There are certain factors that you need to consider which would help you make the right choice

 Cost 

There are smart devices available starting from a few hundred to a few lakhs, so, you need to decide upon where your limits lie before you plan to buy any

Lifestyle

Everyone is different, so the smart gadget your neighbour swears by might not work for you. So, think carefully about whether or not the particular smart device would suit your lifestyle 

Research 

With lots of smart home devices come lots of brands offering the same products so before buying any, make sure that you read customer reviews and buyers guide.

Final Thoughts 

 Whether you reside in an old century house or are planning to build a new one if you don’t consider opting for a smart home automation system, then, believe me, you are going to regret it because you will fail to match up to the future standards of living. From giving you more control over your home to making it safer, helping you save your time, and improving your quality of life, smart home devices promise to give you a luxurious lifestyle.