By definition, a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer.

“You can contact your smart home on the Internet to make sure the dinner is cooked, the central heating is on, the curtains are drawn, and a gas fire is roaring in the grate when you get home”

What are the advantages and disadvantages of these systems?

Advantages

– Convenience. All of your products will be programmed to your needs.

– Customization. You can include as many or as few of these products as you choose.

– Security. As mentioned above, smart homes are well-known for their improved security.

– Ease. It’s quick and simple to install these systems.

– Environmentally friendly. Thermostats, air conditioning, and lighting can all be controlled for optimal energy efficiency.

Disadvantages

– Cost. Some smart products can be fairly expensive.

– Learning. There may be some learning curve for non-tech savvy people.

– Reliability. Smart homes are reliant on your internet connection.

Installation of smart products give the home and its occupants various benefits-the same benefits that technology and personal computing have brought to us over the past 30 years-convenience and savings of time, money and energy.

Most homes do not have these appliances and systems built into them, therefore the most common and affordable approach is for the home owner to retrofit smart products into their own finished home.

Many product offers are all DIY friendly and were created with retrofitting in mind (such as installation of smart lighting switches without needing to run any new wires). Some software offerings are homeowner friendly and can be installed on any existing PCs.

An emerging important feature of smart home is conservation of the earth’s limited resources.  More and more people are becoming aware of the ability to make their homes truly smart-and green-by utilizing home controllers integrated with all home sub-systems to increase savings by controlling lighting, window coverings, HVAC, irrigation and by monitoring usage.  Many home controllers have built-in monitoring systems whereby they calculate and log usage by all connected devices, giving the home owner heightened awareness and the knowledge to make changes as necessary.  These systems can even be accessed over the internet from anywhere in the world so the homeowner can adjust consumption anytime, anywhere.

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