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-
Why smart homes?
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
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 Qubo, MI, 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.
This smart device from Philips is best to be installed near a door or windows do detect the entry and exit of a person
With Godrej smart locks installed you can open and close the doors of your home from anywhere in the world.
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
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
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
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
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 brings the Internet into your home and helps connect your smart devices together. As per studies, many smart home hubs operate via WiFi.
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 can help you connect a greater number of devices. Basically, Z-wave technology allows appliances and various other devices to connect to share data
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
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
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
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.
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.