November 3 is National Smart Home Day!
Each year, more and more people are choosing to prioritize convenience, comfort, and quality of life by upgrading to a smart home. But naturally, some are still reluctant to do it.
What makes a house a “smart” one? How do you upgrade to a smart home? And more importantly, what are the benefits of having a smart home?
Let’s take a look!
What is a smart home?
A smart home is a home that uses an interconnected system of devices to automate, control, and manage certain tasks and settings around the house. Also called home automation, these systems are commonly used for things like security, lighting, energy management, internet, and more.
A common example would be using an Amazon Echo Dot (Alexa) or a Google Home. These are usually connected to other devices, such as your phone and speakers, and are controlled by voice commands.
How do you upgrade to a smart home?
Don’t worry. You don’t need to get a new house to upgrade to a smart home. It’s all about the smart systems that you install around your space that make it smart.
For example, most people love the level of safety they feel with a smart security system. This usually comes with security cameras, alarms, locks systems, lighting, and an app. All these components are interconnected and work side by side to automate and elevate your security.
And with apps on your devices, you can control the settings, set how each component performs its task, and manage your security wherever you go.
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What are the benefits of having a smart home?
There’s more to a smart home than just controlling security cameras, asking Alexa questions, or playing music. Home automation can also upgrade your…
Smart locks: Yep, even doors and windows can be smart! With a smart system, you can lock & unlock doors wherever you are. If unexpected visitors or a repairman comes while you’re away, you can unlock doors or give them a code so they can unlock the door themselves.
Smart cameras: You can also monitor your home and your loved ones with smart cameras. This can also help you monitor activity around your home for suspicious activity and take action wherever you are.
Fire safety: A smart home shouldn’t just protect you from crooks. It should also protect you from fires and even help you manage the situation. With Advanced Tech and Alarm.com, your fire safety system can monitor and control temperatures so smoke doesn’t spread, control your sprinklers, and even call the fire department for you.
Thermostats: With the changing seasons, the weather can get very unpredictable. But with Alarm.com, you can manage your home temperatures when you’re in bed, chilling on the couch, or even when you’re away. You can come home to a nice, cool home in the summer and a nice, warm space in the winter. You can even program your thermostats to adjust the temperature depending on the time of day.
Lighting: Smart lighting is helpful in more ways than one. Of course, you can manage your lights to your advantage at home (e.g. programming lights to turn off with your alarm so it’s easier for you to get out of bed). But smart lights can also be used to enhance your security. You can program your lights to turn on at certain times when you’re away or when you notice strange activity from your surveillance cameras.
Set routines: Your smart home makes your daily routines easier to do by giving you fewer things to do! With Advanced Tech and Alarm.com, you can batch specific commands for different appliances and have them turn on at given times. For example, if you struggle to get up in the morning, you can program your alarm and lights to turn on at the same time; adjust your heating so you can roll away from your cozy blankets, and open the lights in the kitchen to help you get started on breakfast.
With a smart home, the possibilities are endless!
And with Advanced Tech and Alarm.com, you’ll be sure that your home automation system fits your specific needs and is tailored to make you happy.Learn more about Alarm.com on their website or talk to one of our experts on how you can get started.