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An example of smart home automation
An example of smart home automation
A smart home is a setup where appliances and household devices are connected via an online network and can be automated, voice-controlled or controlled remotely via devices. Smart home technology is on the rise globally as people begin to see the convenience of having automated systems in their homes, with many new homes now including integrated smart home technology as standard

Smart home technology can also help households to live more sustainably and save money on their energy bills, which is more important than ever given the current climate change crisis and cost of living crisis.

Security Systems

An example of smart home security
An example of smart home security
Smart homes offer enhanced security capabilities, including doorbells with live video feed capabilities that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via a smartphone. Some of these allow for video-calling capabilities with whoever is at your door.

Many smart security systems also include motion sensor detectors, remote capabilities for locking doors and windows and activating lights, and smartphone alerts of suspicious behaviour.

Lighting Automation

An example of smart home lighting
An example of smart home lighting
Smart lighting systems allow your home's lighting to be centrally controlled remotely from any room - or even when you're away from home. Lights can be turned on and off or automated to come on or switch off at set times. They can be synced to your home's light levels, for example, turning off at sunrise and coming back on at dusk.

Some smart lighting symptoms are even capable of detecting motion and altering the lighting in your home accordingly - switching lights off after you leave a room. Light systems can also be customised for different moods and activities, for example, you might have one light setting for working during the day and another for relaxing in the evening. Smart lighting isn't just a futuristic gimmick. Giving people total control over their lighting needs can actually help to significantly reduce a household's energy consumption and lower its electricity bills.

Entertainment Options

An example of smart home entertainment
An example of smart home entertainment
One of the most enjoyable aspects of having a smart home has to be the smart entertainment systems available. New technology makes it possible for many different products to communicate with one another, allowing you to control your entertainment from a single smart remote.

This allows you to play games and stream music, films or TV shows via voice command. You can even increase or decrease the volume without needing to hunt for the remote!

Convenience and Efficiency

An example of smart home convenience and efficiency
An example of smart home convenience and efficiency
Smart home technology allows for the seamless integration of smart devices through a centralised hub, making life more convenient and efficient.

You can set automated scenarios for your daily routines, including wake-up or wind-down and control your home remotely when you're away, for total peace of mind.

Smart homes are also key in improving the energy efficiency of your home, allowing you to adjust your thermostat at the touch of a button from anywhere, turn off lights that aren't needed, and monitor your energy usage in real-time.

Security and Privacy Concerns

An example of smart home privacy concerns
An example of smart home privacy concerns
While smart home technology can help keep your home secure, it can also make you vulnerable to malware and hacking. That's why it's crucial to only buy smart tech products from brands you trust and invest in products that have robust encryption and security measures.

In the same way that you would protect your personal information online by setting strong passwords and only trusting reputable websites with your data, the same applies to your smart home technology. Another potential concern with smart homes is their reliance on a power supply. If your entire home is controlled using electricity and WiFi, then in the event of a power cut or internet outage, all the systems and appliances in your home could suddenly stop working. When choosing smart technology, opt for products with a backup battery where possible, and make sure that your home security isn't wholly dependent on your smart home set-up to function.
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