Smart homes are not the future anymore, they are the present. You can now control and automate almost any aspect of your home, thanks to new technology dubbed the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2015, it is estimated that there were 15 billion IoT connected devices. By 2025 it is projected that there will be over 75 billion! What this means for us is that more and more devices will start to be connected and controllable from the palms of our hands, whether we are home or not. If you are looking to “smarten up” your home, check the most common reasons to do so below.
Big Energy Savings
Smart homes are especially proficient at reducing energy usage. Programmable thermostats have been around for years, but smart thermostats kick it up a notch. You can easily change your air conditioning and heat settings thru apps on your phone. Many smart thermostats offer completely customizable settings and give you stats on your usage. Some can even learn your schedule and what temperatures you use the most. This means that you can save money on heating and cooling costs. Another way you can save money with IoT technology is lighting control. You can get smart light bulbs that dim to turn off on timers or thru apps. You can shut your lights even after you leave your house if you forgot to turn them off!
Safety and Security
Smart homes really prove their worth when they provide you and your family with the comfort of knowing that your home and loved ones are safe and secure. Smart cameras and sensors placed around the home serve various purposes. Smart smoke, carbon monoxide, and radon sensors serve their usual purpose with the added benefit of you being able to monitor these things remotely, and can tell you exactly where it detects these harmful gases. They can even be silenced from your phone, so no more standing on chairs or using brooms to silence smoke detectors after you burned dinner! Home security is also a great asset to help protect your home and family. Door cameras, exterior, and interior cameras can be easily accessed from mobile devices. Door cameras can be set up to alert you when someone is at your door even if you’re not home, or you can look in on the little ones sleeping in the middle of a movie on your smart TV! Smart locks are also a great addition to a smart home, and can be connected to your other devices, so if someone forgets a key they can be let in remotely.
Smart homes can help make our lives run a little smoother and more securely thanks to IoT technology. You can make your home smarter with a bit of research and professional installation, and you’ll be reaping the benefits in no time.