Smart home automation is the automatic and electronic control of features in the home via your network or the Internet. It allows you to manage things like temperature, entertainment, appliances, and home security through a smartphone, tablet, laptop, and smartwatch. You can even use virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant to control these connected gadgets verbally. With the convenience of smart home automation, you can program the coffee machine to turn on before your morning alarm and the heater to power up when you walk up the driveway wearing your smartwatch. Let’s take a look at some of the fabulous examples of smart home automation.
- Housekeeping Robots. Robots are not just something we see in old sci-fi movies. The automated reality is well and truly here. There are robots to vacuum floors, clean pools and windows, clean grills, and tidy the yard. There are even robot pets that can be used for home security. The Amazon Astro is a robot that acts as a virtual assistant and can follow a person from room to room, monitors home security, and can be used for remote care of elderly people.
- Smart Thermostat. This is a wifi enabled device that automatically adjusts heating and cooling in the home. You can program a schedule of heating, cooling, and zoned temperature control or use a high-tech version that can learn your schedule from your behaviour and adjust the temperature accordingly.
- Smart Appliances. These days more appliances, including refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and vacuums, are being specifically designed to connect to the internet to be operated remotely. Smart refrigerators can look up recipes, create a shopping list and even notify you if food is about to spoil. Smart dishwashers will modify the cycle according to the load and turn on automatically, and smart microwaves can be operated with voice commands.
- Automatic Blinds. Controlling the blinds from a voice command or tablet has taken motorised blinds to the next level. These automatic blinds can even be operated remotely or programmed to be opened and closed, which is great for security if you are away from home on holidays.
- Home Security. Devices like smart doorbells, smart locks, smart cameras, and smart smoke alarms add another layer of safety to the home. With home security connected to your wifi, you don’t need to be home to ensure safety. Security cameras, door locks, and smoke alarms can all be checked remotely.
Many smart home technologies could technically be added to your home after it’s built, but the more you plan ahead, the more you can include them seamlessly. For instance, you could have a special spot for household robots built into cabinetry or storage, or a thermostat connected to the built-in HVAC system rather than separate split systems. By thinking ahead during the building process, you can make your home even smarter and more convenient.