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Making Your Home Smarter

Enjoy this general overview of smart homes, including both their advantages and disadvantages.

A smart home is a house in which electronic devices, such as appliances, lights, televisions, etc., are connected through the internet and share information. Even if you think your home isn’t “smart”, many people own at least one device, like a Ring doorbell or an Alexa. Around 65% of Americans own at least one smart home device, the most common being a speaker, according to a Value Penguin survey. Additionally, a blog from Comfy Living estimated that there were 175 million smart homes in the world at the beginning of 2022. This number is only predicted to increase as technology advances and becomes more accessible. Here is what you need to know about smart homes before making the commitment yourself.

There are so many different types of smart devices now available on the market. One great feature of smart homes is that they’re fully customizable - depending on your specific needs and wants, you can pick and choose which devices to purchase. Small, cheaper options include color-changing lightbulbs you can control from your phone or a speaker that recognizes your voice. There are also security systems, thermostats, refrigerators, washing machines, and so many more devices that can be added to your home to make it smarter and run more efficiently. If you’re not willing to spend a few thousand dollars on a smart refrigerator, there are other less expensive appliances that will still improve the efficiency of your home. Because this market is growing, there are countless options available to satisfy everyone’s requirements. 

Smart homes are becoming more popular due to all of the benefits that they can provide to the homeowner. Firstly, having a smart home enables you to have greater control over your energy usage. For instance, you can easily view and change the temperature in your home based on time of day and season to help conserve energy. In addition, you can view which devices are running the longest and using the most energy, allowing you to adjust accordingly. Furthermore, there are many smart security systems that can be set up to protect your home. From your phone, it is possible to view a live feed of your front door and even speak to visitors while you’re away. Another convenient feature is remotely locking or unlocking doors to ensure your home is always secure. Smart devices also save time and money. Instead of spending your own valuable time manually running your home, smart devices allow you to automate some processes. Due to the energy efficiency of smart devices, you can save money on your energy bills. These are just a few of the benefits provided by smart homes. 

Although smart homes may seem advantageous, there are some drawbacks that every homeowner should be aware of before making the switch. Switching out all of the equipment in your home for smart devices is a large upfront cost. To mitigate this, try spreading out purchases of larger appliances or building up to them. Privacy is also a large concern when it comes to smart houses. Devices such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa are constantly listening for vocal cues, which some people view as an invasion of privacy. Additionally, having everything in your home connected to the internet through Wi-Fi opens the door to hacking or data selling. Finally, there are some limitations associated with owning and operating a smart home. If the internet or Wi-Fi goes out (which can happen often), then every connected device will stop working. Your internet may need to be upgraded in order to support the addition of new devices to the network. Installing a full system may be tricky, so consider asking a professional to do it for you.

This is just a basic overview of smart homes, so if you are interested in a more comprehensive guide, try conducting some online research. You can contact a home security company, such as ADT or SimpliSafe to learn more about their smart systems. In addition, visiting an appliance store to check out their options is a great way to evaluate alternatives. Overall, smart homes are growing in popularity due to their energy efficiency, so consider exploring your options now to save money in the long run.

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