Smart Home Technology
Did you know that any device in your home that uses electricity can be part of your smart home technology upgrade? Yeah, I didn’t either! You can control all your devices by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone, and your home devices simply respond. When we’re talking about smart home technology, we’re mostly referring to lighting, home security, home theater, and thermostat regulation.
The devices that are out now are becoming so sophisticated that they can now talk with each other and perform functions automatically. They can anticipate your every need; for example, the thermostat will turn down your heat in the kitchen when your oven is on, or your refrigerator will set up a grocery list that will connect to your phone. I wanted to take this blog and dig a little deeper into all technology has to offer our homes to make it a safer and more energy efficient place to live.
Get Smart in the Kitchen
The kitchen is becoming more high-tech, thanks to appliances from Samsung, Miele, and LG Electronics. Smart refrigerators will allow you to scan your receipt from the grocery store so that it can keep a record of your items, alerting you if your milk is about to expire or when you need to replace something. It can even recommend recipes based on what you have in the fridge. Now, if only it would cook it for you as well!!
Smart ovens will allow you to control and monitor your oven via your smartphone. It will also connect and communicate with your smart refrigerator, allowing you to share recipes from one to the other. When you pick a recipe, the oven will preheat to the correct temperature.
Having a Smart Thermostat will give you the capability to remotely control the temperature in your home via your smartphone or any internet-connected device. This makes programming your thermostat easier and way more convenient, giving you greater control of your heating and cooling. Not only will you be able to connect instantly to your thermostat, but your Smart Oven will also be able to communicate with your thermostat. For example, when your oven turns on it will send a signal to the thermostat to lower the heat in the kitchen area making your house that much more energy efficient.
Get Smart in the Living Room
The living room is generally the most used room of the house next to the kitchen and the heart of the home. This a great place to start with home self-regulation because one remote can control everything; TV, music system, lighting, and security.
In-Home Theatre Systems
Movie night at home has never been so relaxing. Start the movie, set the mood by lowering the lights, and set the temperature all with a single touch of a button.
Depending on how much money you want to put into your in-home theater, you can get a sweet theater. About $2 million will get you a private in-home IMAX screening room, decked out with actual movie theater features. The features include a curved wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen, a dual-projection system for 2-D and 3-D formats, and laser-aligned loudspeakers. If you want to throw an extra $40k at your in-home theater, you can have access to movies the day they are released to the public. Thanks to Prima Cinema, movies are downloaded automatically and all with one fingerprint scan.
Smart Home Security
There is nothing more important to me than the safety of my family. So if there is one thing you update in making your home “smarter,” this is it!! There are automated systems where you can access your security features from your mobile phone or tablet, enabling you to check your alarm (including turning it on or off), lock or unlock any of your doors, and even check the feed from your home camera. You can also program your lights to imitate your usual patterns to appear as if you are home when you’re not!
With a smart home, you could enjoy life a little more and worry a little less. You will have peace of mind with all with a quick glance at your smartphone or tablet.