Smart homes have become increasingly popular among homeowners and also real estate buyers. Smart upgrades are sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things. By 2023, smart homes are expected to generate $3.8 billion in revenue in the U.S. alone.
The term smart home isn’t specific. It’s very broad and can refer to various integrated smart home tech.
The following are some of the general things to know about smart homes and their current implications.
In general, a smart home refers to a setup where appliances and gadgets and devices can be controlled automatically and remotely from anywhere, as long as there’s an internet connection with mobile or another networked device.
The devices that are part of a smart home are all connected to one another through the internet.
The user can control functions like security access to their home, lighting, and temperature.
You can customize your home to control everything essentially through the Internet of Things or IoT.
Home automation is one of the fastest-growing tech markets, and the potential applications continue to grow rapidly.
Popular Smart Home Features
Some of the more popular smart home features people frequently use include:
- Smart speakers: Smart speakers are like a personal assistant, and you can get the weather, the news, search online or use them to control your entire smart home system as a central hub. When you opt to use a smart speaker as a hub for home automation, you have to make sure you choose devices that will be compatible with your speaker.
- Smart TVs: With a smart TV, the term may be a reference to all the streaming devices that come with it, as well as the TV itself.
- Thermostats: A smart thermostat can save you money and make your home more sustainable. You can monitor your heating and air no matter where you are and set a schedule to avoid wasting energy. A smart thermostat will also usually have a sensor that automatically changes the temperature as needed.
- Automated lights: Light automation benefits are similar to those of thermostats, plus they’re good for home security.
- Video doorbells: A video doorbell can not only show you who’s outside but can also gather footage that you can see later if necessary.
Smart Kitchen Technology
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s quickly becoming a hub of smart technology as well.
Many types of kitchen technology will also connect with smart speakers. The following are some of people’s favorite smart kitchen technology:
- Smart refrigerators: There are a wide variety of capabilities with smart refrigerators. For example, they can simply let you know if a door is left open, or they might tell you what you need to buy. There are even a few types of refrigerators that stream TV.
- Smart ovens: You can control some of these through devices like Alexa. With some apps, you can find the recipes you’re going to make, and then from your phone, put the proper settings in terms of the timer and temperature.
- Dishwashers: These appliances will run on apps that are similar to smart ovens and refrigerators. You can check the status of a load, start and stop a load remotely, and they’ll run diagnostics on the units in many cases.
- Laundry machines: You can check on your load no matter where you are and pause it or start it if you need to
How Do Smart Homes Work?
A smart home again has devices that are all connected with one another. These devices can then be accessed through a central point, like laptops or smartphones.
The system can be installed on a networked device, and then you can automate when you want certain things to happen.
Many smart home features and appliances also self-learn. They can eventually adjust to your schedule once they “learn” it.
Once devices are connected, they are part of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things means a network of physical items that can share information with each other.
A smart home can have wireless or hardwired systems, or perhaps both. Wireless systems tend to be preferable because installation is easier.
You get convenience and cost savings from lower energy costs.
There are downsides to be aware of, however, which include security risks. Hackers can gain access to your internet-enabled components in your home. To protect against this type of threat, you should make sure your devices have a strong password, and when available, you should use encryption.