It used to be ‘Smart Home’ would conjure up 007 Bond-like, custom-made gadgets and high-tech gizmos of the future. Now, it’s for all of us. Now we can outfit our home with high tech systems that are elegantly controlled with the push of a button, whether we’re there, or not. The choices provide endless options for comfort, security, convenience and energy efficiencies we never even imagined.
A Smart, or Connected Home is no longer just about home theaters. It’s about conveniences throughout the home that benefit today’s busy, on-the-go homeowners and their family. It’s about connecting systems to communicate with each other to enhance a homeowner’s living space. It’s about lighting, window coverings, heating/AC, appliances, security, computers, media and entertainment…all communicating with each other so that even a low-tech homeowner can navigate his home as easily as a computer guru.
With easy-to-use networking software for smart phones and tablets, and a bevy of moderately priced products, connectivity and integration are no longer a luxury for the rich. A Smart Home is a wise idea for anyone wanting to simplify their life and enhance their home.
Integration and connectivity is not limited to new construction, though that is the perfect time to incorporate today’s modern technologies. There are now “retrofit” products on the market that allow homes with relatively newer systems to work together in a smarter way, all connected by easy-to-use networking software.
How can a Smart Home benefit YOU?
Internet and Digital Optimization – All your WiFi, Broadband and Streaming content needs integrated and accessed in a centralized place. No need for several different remotes or a high tech IQ. Wire your home so anyone can find and air their favorite show.
Security System and Surveillance Camera System – See what’s going on inside and outside your home on your TV or smart device. Lock all doors and windows and set your home alarm with the push of a button, even if you’re not home. This is great for homeowners who travel frequently or just want more comprehensive control of their security.
Lighting and automatic shades – Automation of lighting and window coverings to provide safety, energy efficiency savings, peace of mind, and an enhanced look and feel for your living space
Acoustics and Entertainment – Enjoy sound and video where you want it throughout your home. Enjoy a state of the art home theater, indoor music, a bathroom TV, outdoor theater, or a home office with boardroom-like multi-media capabilities.
Thermostatic control – Warm or cool your house when you need it…lower or shut it off when you don’t.
Smart Appliances – “Smart” refrigerators, ovens and other appliances are just starting to enter the marketplace and could be widely available as early as next year. Imagine a refrigerator-freezer with interior cameras. You’d be able to check what you need from the grocery store without having to stop at home first.
A smarter, more integrated home can make your life simpler and more enjoyable now, and in the future.