Owning a home is an essential part of the American Dream. A typical dream house for many would have around four or more bedrooms, an open kitchen, hardwood floor, a swimming pool, fenced backyard, a walk-in closet, and a beautiful view. But nowadays, it’s not about what kind of wood you used on your floor, or the type of marble you have in your countertops rather, it’s about how smart your home is.
In 2018, it is estimated that about 45 million smart home devices were installed in residential homes in the US and are expected to have dramatic increases. Smart homes are regular homes that have high tech, integrated features. Things like internet capable appliances, devices or instruments. From your door locks, to kitchenware, lights and entertainment room, every aspect of your house creates a form of ecosystem run by internet technology.
But before you go to Amazon to check out devices on sale and turn your house into a smart home, there are a few things to consider.
Your Smart Ecosystem
Setting up your smart home starts by deciding which system or AI platform you are going to use. The top players in the smart home ecosystem market include:
- Amazon’s Alexa
- Microsoft’s Cortana
- Samsung’s SmartThings
- Apple’s HomeKit
- Google’s Nest and Assistant
These platforms ensure that your smart devices can sync and talk to each other and that you have fully automated and real-time control over each device – thus creating an ecosystem.
Each smart home system has its own redeeming qualities and it is up to you which one works best with your lifestyle or the compatibility of the devices you already own.
Setting up a smart home is more expensive than traditional houses. The ability to turn off your lights with your voice is simply convenient and amazing, thus it cost more money. On average, a basic smart home setup can cost you to a minimum of $1000 to $4000. The cost covers wireless system, controls, smart devices, maintenance, internet utility, and installations.
If your budget is tight, start small by adding a smart assistant. You can use an inexpensive firestick to turn your tv into a smart TV. This can allow you to stream shows and movies. If you live in an area where there are restrictions, you can still gain access by using a VPN.
As you save up you can add in new features like smart locks and lighting.
Your technology should work for you and make every aspect of your day better. It is important to just buy what you actually need and something that would help you with your daily living. Your smart home and your devices should be compatible with your lifestyle. It should be able to make your life more comfortable and simplified.
Waking up in the morning is a struggle for many Americas. There are alarm clocks that have bright lights that slowly intensify to mimic the sun. You can install smart blinds to open on their own to let in early morning light.
If you are forgetful or just stressed it can be hard remembering if you turned the lights off or set the right temperature. A smart home can help you.
Have you ever been at the store and wondered if you needed more milk? If you have, a smart fridge is exactly what you need. The refrigerator has cameras inside them to let you see what you have….or don’t have!
When choosing what to purchase take a look at your like and what you need to make your day easier and more convenient.
If you live in the rural areas, or in the mountain where a signal is hard and difficult to get, then your smart home won’t work as efficiently and as effectively as you imagined. They need internet connection in order to work and talk to each other. Your smart lock and security need a connection to be able to alert you that there are trespassers at your home. No connection, no alert.
Be sure that the area you live in can support your devices.