In current times, it appears nothing is impossible when it comes to technology. Today’s world is packed full of wired and wireless advancements in technology that most people can access, using just their fingertips. Living in an ever-changing and fast-paced technological world, people are busy, and so, any help to make people’s lives easier and simpler should be pursued. It’s important, then, that people understand the many benefits of smart home technology.
Smart homes enable homeowners to automatically control and manage a wide variety of tasks and functions that would have previously had to have been done manually. This includes the lighting and atmosphere, heating and ventilation, blinds and shutters, multi-room music, home security, energy usage and much, much more. Almost anything can be automated and even controlled remotely.
Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular, more frequent, and more affordable. The smart home benefits are not to be ignored and have the potential to save a homeowner up to 50,000 tasks each year according to Loxone – that’s 50,000 tasks you’ll no longer need to remember to do!
To explain further, here are our top 5 Benefits of Smart Home Technology:
1. Ease of use
We’ll start with one of the main benefits – a smart home’s ease of use. Once installed and integrated within your very own home, they’re incredibly easy to control and manage. A Loxone smart home can be entirely managed via one dedicated Loxone app. Once the app has been downloaded to your smart device, whether a tablet or a smartphone, and connected to your smart home network, controlling the lighting, heating, music, and more is a piece of cake, even if you’re not very technical yourself. Individual features like mood lighting and music level can be controlled on a wall switch too.
A Loxone smart home is intuitive and works exactly as you’d expect it to but controlling your smart home’s devices through the app still requires a small bit of manual work. That’s where automation comes into play. Preforming automated routines is where a smart home boasts its power. You can create and configure routines that carry out tasks depending on the requirements you set. Want music to play as soon as you enter a room, and to stop when you leave? What about the same for lighting to turn on and off, and the heating to cool down when nobody is around? As well as the time-saving element to creating routines, there is an incredibly likeable energy-saving element too. A smart home can save you time and save you money.
2. Home security and safety
Home security, whether actively or subliminally, is always a big concern for all homeowners. And to make matters worse, security systems and devices of yesteryear that are currently responsible for protecting what matters to you might no longer be up to the job. That’s no surprise then that homeowners’ investment in home security systems has seen a huge increase over the last couple of years.
With an automated home security system, you’ll feel safe knowing that even when you’re at your most vulnerable i.e. out of the house or asleep, your smart home will work constantly and alert you of any potential intruders or issues with elemental damage. For example, motion sensors can alert homeowners of any unwanted guests via smartphone notifications and automatically turn on music, lighting and open the blinds, following an alarm routine. Contact sensors on doors and windows can alert you of any attempt to intrude or of any damage. The presence of smoke or a water leak can be monitored, and your smart home will call you to inform you to let you know, wherever you are at the time.
3. Energy efficient
More and more people are beginning to explore green technology and beginning to understand the incredibly positive impact it has on the environment. And for good reason, too. Not only does ‘going green’ help save our planet, but it also saves you money too, especially when those devices are integrated within an automated system.
A well-built home automation system can save the homeowner hundreds and potentially thousands of pounds each year thanks to cost-effective routines and no unnecessary energy wastage. Within a smart home, features like lighting and heating can be set up so that they’re not using power when they don’t need to be doing so. Nobody in the room? – the lights will automatically switch off. Not using certain appliances? – they’ll automatically power off. Is the sun providing enough warmth? – the heating won’t waste gas.
Energy-saving measures can all be managed within the smart device app which can access and control your smart home from wherever you are. Speaking of remote access…
4. Remote access
Even when you’re away from your smart home, you can still manage it. With the help of the app, you can monitor your smart home’s security, consumption, and more. Ever left the house and worried yourself because you didn’t turn something off, or perhaps forgot to lock the door? With a smart home and accompanying app, with a tap of a few buttons, you’ll have the answers you need within seconds. Not only that but if you did leave the light on or did forget to lock the door, you can fix it straight from within the app, providing you have successfully connected all involved devices. How cool is that?
On the flip side, if you’re on your way home and want to prepare for your arrival, you can remotely turn on the heating, switch lights on, pre-heat the oven… the possibilities are endless.
Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular and are great for helping people with varying disabilities or for helping people who need that extra bit of support. For instance, homeowners or family members who have problems with their sight can utilise the voice-activated features of a Loxone smart home and control the TV, lighting, heating, music, and more. Residents with poor memory or with elderly family members can have routines created to remove the need to remember to turn devices on/off, shut windows and doors and even take medication if required.
Individuals with a muscle-degenerating illness or disability may find themselves unable to reach light switches or blinds and other similar devices/appliances. As a result, they’ll able to control and manage such devices from a smart device with one tap of a button. For residents in a wheelchair, motion sensors can help open automatic doors to prevent any possible struggle navigating around the house.
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