What are Smart Homes?

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With great power comes great responsibility – said someone famous.

The above is also true for the concept of smart homes.  Smart homes don’t just allow us to avert accidental house fires from unattended ovens. Smart appliances use current computer trends and communication technology to make functions faster, cheaper and more energy-efficient. The key feature of a smart house is conservation-will switch off lights in unoccupied rooms, water from a tap left open or even devices connected to power for charging and are fully charged. This would cut on your utility bills.

Smart home is a regular house, except every piece of electrical equipment is hooked up to a computer system. With home automation, you will no longer be depending on switches. Instead, every light bulb, every TV is controlled remotely from a computer database. Everything in the residence can be maintained with a remote control or a laptop. Your smart appliances will know when to turn on and off, how much energy is required of them, and how to maintain themselves. This is not only a handy time saver; it is also energy efficient, which is friendly to both the environment and your utility bills. Plus, a computerized house can adapt to the way you live: it knows the time you turn the lights on in the morning, it knows what temperature you like your house to stay at, and it even knows when to open the garage door. The system can sense a water failure and turn off the mains. Your house will know when it’s raining and close the windows for you, even while you’re away.  The best and brightest of the smart refrigerators can read bar codes of your food, send you photos of your fridge’s contents, and help you order groceries online. They can also sync up the various calendars of people in your home, send notes to everyone, display weather information, play music, and locate recipes on the internet. The smartest of the washing machines notify you remotely when your laundry is done or when start a load of laundry. If you’re out of town, you can even turn your lights on and off to keep away burglars. Or set up some cameras and watch your home at any computer terminal.  But the most fascinating aspect of smart homes is that the possibilities are completely limitless because you can now actually communicate with your house.

But there are many pros and cons to consider when deciding whether you’d like to convert your home into a smart home. Smart homes aren’t for everyone. They can help bring down electricity bills, simplify daily tasks, and help to give a feeling of security. But for some people smart home product will simply turn into an economic burden. It’s ultimately up to you to decide which category you fall into.

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