Ever had one of those nights when you’re all snuggled up in bed, ready to go to sleep, but then you realize you forgot to turn off the kitchen light? Well, that wouldn’t be a problem if you had a smart home.
With the growing need for extra security and home controls, more and more people have converted to smart homes.The Connected World reports that market growth is on the rise, with a 25% forecasted growth rate by 2025. The market value for smart homes is predicted to jump from around $65 billion to almost $250 billion. But what exactly is a smart home? Well, HomeServe’s Katie Thompson describes smart homes as properties that make use of devices that work together via the internet to let you control different parts of your home, wherever you may be. Such a degree of accessibility provides plenty of benefits for you and everyone else in the house, and here are four key reasons to convert to a smart home:
4 Reasons to Turn Your Home Into a Smart Home
Get yourself a smart home hub, or the main device that acts like your central command center. It comes either in the form of a device or an application and can connect to all the smart devices you have. Once they’re all connected, you can control your smart devices from just about anywhere, so long as you’re connected to the internet.
No more getting yourself out of bed to turn off a light you accidentally left on. Grab yourself a box of smart light bulbs, and you’ll never have to touch a light switch again. Many smart light bulbs also let you adjust the color of your lighting with just a press of a button, which can be useful for keeping your home nice and serene, as well as easy on the eye.
Smart home security bundles add an extra layer of safety to your house. In most bundles, you can expect to find smart burglar alarms, multiple motion sensors, and even keypads that can be attached to your doors.
If you want to go the extra mile, you can invest in a smart lock. Smart locks let you control doors from anywhere in the world with a Wi-Fi connection. You can lock it from your phone, unlock it when a housemate needs to get in, and even keep track of everyone who comes and goes.
3. Energy saving
Smart home hubs keep track of how much electricity your smart devices are using. By investing in smart plugs, you can also control and track the electricity use of non-smart devices. This is useful for items like air conditioners or heaters. You’ll be able to set schedules for these devices, ensuring that they don’t run longer than they need to.
Additionally, heightened awareness of how much energy your house needs leads to more mindful usage. We Speak IoT’s Guido Vogel claims that smart homes help with energy saving by making people more conscious of their energy consumption. In the long run, this awareness can evolve into a better, more empowered sense of responsibility.
Who needs remotes when you have a smart TV? Change the channel with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice. If you already have a TV, you can get a smart streaming stick. Just plug it into your HDMI port, and your old TV becomes a smart device. They also come with a voice-controlled remote.
These four are just the beginning, as the technology continues to develop in new and exciting ways every single day. Imagine it — accessibility in every facet of living. It’s hard to say no to that, so get shopping now. For more interesting pieces, we’ve got tons of lifestyle articles for you here at Style & Society, so be sure to check those out, too.