A Smart Home is defined as a residence that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems such as heating and lighting.
So that may sound fantastic, but what’s the reality of actually having one of these innovative homes? We spoke to Smart Home owner, Chris Riminton about the biggest perks of the creative new way of living.
- “It has to be power saving” - The complete control features means bad habits that contribute to power waste such as leaving taps and lights on accidentally can be set to automatically turn off after a certain time period therefore saving energy and money.
Chris: “there’s always days where you’re running around trying to do a million things at once and you become careless with small things around the house such as leaving the lights or the TV on, a Smart Home helps to eradicate these minor problems that ultimately contribute to have huge consequences.”
- “The house is safe and secure 24/7” - Security is a huge factor in the Smart Homes rise to prominence. In today’s world there is always apprehension about the safety of your property when you aren’t there. However, Smart Homes allow owners to put security measures into place so that this worry is reduced significantly.
Motion detectors allow homeowners to receive text messages if there is movement in the house while they are away. Also, window and door catches can be fitted and are triggered when a previously closed window or door is opened unexpectedly, again alerting the owner.
Chris: “In my house, I have the window and door catches set to alert me if there is unsuspected movement in the house at any point. I can control the lights and sound in my home remotely so if their catches at triggered, I set my lights off in a rapid, crazy fashion and blast an alarm sound through all the speakers in the house.”
- “It’s so easy to manage both inside and out” - Regardless of where you are in the world, as long as you have internet connection you can manage your home efficiently and effectively. Whether you’re inside the home and turning lights on and off with a simple clap or managing the heating system from a holiday resort, a Smart Home allows for ultimate convenience, all of the time.
Chris: “Everything is so fast paced and intense nowadays that simplicity and ease is hard to come by, so having a Smart Home that provides ultimate convenience whether I’m at work, on holiday or sat in my front room is a blessing. Little things like turning the heating on just as I leave work so that the house is warm for when I get home and I haven’t had to leave the heating on all day makes such a big difference.”
- “It’s a great return on investment” - Although obtaining a Smart Home does come with its financial difficulties initially, the savings that a homeowner is able to make through the house is fantastic. Constant control from any location with internet connection means that no household appliance is wasted. Anything from water usage to heating can be managed to perfection to allow only the necessary use 100% of the time.
Chris: “In the winter months it can be tempting to leave the heating on all day even when you aren’t at home just so you have a warm house to come back to. With a Smart Home you can switch the heating on 3 minutes before you arrive home so the house is the perfect temperature and you’re only paying for what you’re using. This applies for water, electricity and gas consumption - all of them can be controlled so that you only use what you absolutely need.”
It is estimated by Statista that there were around 4 million Smart Homes in the UK in 2017 but they predict that by the year 2022 there will be around 10.8 million. Smart Homes will certainly continue to grow in popularity and demand as technology develops even more fantastic ways for homeowners to control their homes remotely and efficiently.
In coming years we may be constructing homes that are designed to fit Smart Home technology and we can’t wait for what lies ahead.
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