Every year, smart home devices become more advanced and more commonplace. We are slowly moving toward a future where all new homes will be smart homes—at least on some level. This prediction might sound radical on the surface, but that’s only because smart homes are often thought of as being more futuristic than they are. In truth, a smart home is just a home outfitted with multiple intuitive technologies that connect with one another (and to your computer, tablet, or smartphone) via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networking technologies.
As the concept of the smart home begins to feel more within reach for the average homebuyer or homeowner, more and more companies are embracing this subset of technology. Right now, there is no shortage of smart home-related products on the market. The question is, which products deserve a spot in your smart home design? Read on to learn more about the technologies that are currently forming the backbone of smart home design.
- Apple Home/HomeKit: Apple has been the leader in lifestyle electronics for more than a decade, so it stands to reason that the company would also be an early leader in smart home technology. Apple offers an iOS app called “Home,” which you can use to control and monitor things around your house directly from your iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch. What can it control? The answer depends on what HomeKit accessories you have. The HomeKit line includes a wide range of devices, including thermostats, security cameras, locks, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, light bulbs, outlets, and more. It is certainly possible to leverage the Apple HomeKit range to create an entire smart home design. You can then use the Apple Home app to control everything from one place—an attractive option if you are already a staunch Apple device user.
- Personal Assistants: With Apple Home and HomeKit, you can create a network of devices that you can easily control from your preferred mobile device. This simplistic, self-monitored and self-controlled design may align perfectly with your expectations for a smart home. However, many people want their smart homes to be even smarter, and that’s where personal assistants come in. Artificial intelligence was always going to be a part of the smart home revolution, and thanks to personal assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Echo, it already is. Both devices are voice-activated and smart enough to do an array of things, from playing songs to keeping track of your daily schedule. They can also make it easier for you to control the smart devices in your home using nothing but your voice. This hands-free functionality can make smart home designs even cooler and more helpful.
- Other Brands: Apple, Amazon, and Google are big names in technology, but they certainly aren’t the only companies that are embracing smart home technology. Nest, for instance, is a very notable company that makes some of the best-reviewed Wi-Fi security cameras and thermostats on the market. August is a favorite brand for smart locks. Philips Hue sets the standard in lighting. And while the Amazon Echo and Google Home are the most well-known smart home hubs, they arguably fall short of the Wink Hub2, a hub that is compatible with just about every other smart home device on the market.
As you can see, there are many technologies to choose from when it comes to devising a smart home design. What you need to decide is what types of smart home technologies would make your life better. Thermostats, lighting systems, and home security systems are the logical places to start, but there are also systems that can give you remote control of cooking, cleaning, and more. Our tip? Make a priority list and go from there.
Alternatively, you could just buy a home that is already enabled with smart home devices. If you are in the market for a new home in Belmont, Campbell, Cupertino, Fremont, San Mateo, or Willow Glen, Twinley Homes might be able to help. We are investors who buy and sell homes in the California Bay Area. We often renovate the properties we purchase and outfit them with the latest features, often including smart home technologies.
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