There are many factors that come into deciding the best smart home system for you and your family. These include the following:
And then, while you’re doing the research itself, you might want to ask yourself the following questions:
✔ What specific rooms or areas in the house need automation first and the most?
✔ Are there particular smart automation features you want to prioritize getting?
✔ What particular tasks do you want to automate? Which of those are the most important?
Simply put, smart home devices are gadgets and appliances that are controlled and accessed through a central hub – which can be your smartphone, a console, tablet, or PC.
There is a wide range of things in the home that can be hooked up to your smart home system and controlled remotely. These include televisions, thermostats, lights, door locks, home monitors (or CCTVs), cameras, and even appliances like the refrigerator or washing machine.
The ideal smart home automation system makes it super easy to control all your smart devices. This means having access and control to your smart home devices all from one central hub, from any point in the house (or even when you’re not around).
For instance, modern smart automation systems have their own mobile applications you can install on your smartphone. You can control the lights, sockets, and thermostat all on that application, even when you’re not actually in the house.
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Smart home automation is when a centralized system merges hardware and software thru a wireless network to access and manage smart devices with one device. Smart devices include electronic gadgets and home appliances, such as televisions, refrigerators, audio/video systems, and even washing machines.
This controller (or central hub) can be anything from a smartphone, tablet, gaming console, laptop, or a model-specific home automation control hub system. Using your smartphone or designated central hub, you can control your smart devices 100% remotely, even when you’re outside your home.
Now, how does smart home automation work, exactly? Each of your smart devices are connected via WiFi. This makes it possible for you to access and control them from your smartphone remotely. You can switch on your lights, lock the doors, or even turn the heat up, whether you’re at home or miles away.
Here is a short step-by-step guide to automating your home:
1. Choose your first smart device
Try not to go overboard. It’s best to start slow with one or two smart devices before working your way to more and more smart home automation equipment. You might want to get a starter kit so you already have a set of smart devices you’ll have no problem setting up. Here are some devices you can consider starting with:
✔ Smart speaker
✔ Smart lighting
✔ Smart plug
✔ Smart thermostat
✔ Security camera
2. Choose your smart home platform
Now, although you might want to get the system that works with everything, it’s practically impossible to find a single smart home platform that’s compatible with every type of device.
The smarter (and more practical) option would be buying smart devices that can connect to different smart home systems. You should also make sure to get an expandable home automation system so you can keep adding new devices to the platform. This makes it all the more important to purchase a platform compatible with multiple brands.
3. Choose more devices
Start connecting the rest of your smart devices to the hub with the provided instructions on the manual or on-screen prompts.
4. Create routines and triggers
This can include setting up your lights to turn off and the doors locking up at 11pm for bedtime. You might also have the lights automatically turn on when motion sensors pick up on movement, e.g. a door opening or someone entering the room or area.