It is simple to adopt smart technology at home, even if you don’t wish to renovate. Each room in the house is already equipped with technology. Dryers, washers, hair straighteners, sound system, laptops, air conditioners – technology invaded our home decades ago. However, the difficulty lies in the fact that this technology is unconnected, works in silence, and require your attention to switch on, switch off, or adjust.
With the help of smart home technology, all your appliances and devices having internet connectivity can be integrated together to work under one remote control – your smartphone. It is important to do so as the interconnectedness not only makes your appliances more user-friendly, but also makes them more efficient and permits you to control them from anywhere in the world with an internet connection through a smartphone, laptop, or tablet.
Almost all our home appliances and electronics now have a smart version available. Your refrigerator, music system, dishwasher, air conditioner, and even small domestic items such as lights, vacuum cleaners, smoke alarms, and ceiling fans can be connected with an internet connection. Many people are buying smart home technology. Keeping that in mind, it is logical to jump on board and invest in technology that meets your requirements.
There are mainly two factors that you should consider. First, the range of your smart home technology is only going to benefit you if you have a good internet connection. Second, investing in a smart home may not add to the resale value of the house except if you plan to leave behind the technology when you move out of that house. Either way, smart home technology can make a big difference to your lifestyle.
It makes no difference if you choose to hardwire your devices or go with the easier wi-fi services. You only need to have a connection that is fast to assure smooth functioning. If you are using a wi-fi network, invest in an efficient router and upgrade from the one that comes with a plan as they are normally not well regulated. By investing in a good router, you can cover your entire house effortlessly and avoid weak or dead regions.
Spending in smart home technology is not just for individuals building a new home, and you can also retrofit your current home without too much hassle or without cutting any holes in the walls. But, you should definitely think about certain factors involved with smart home technology before you invest in one.
Old Technology Vs. New Technology
Many older homes weren’t originally designed to run a kitchen full of devices, charge tablets and phones, have the computer and TV running all at the same time. This functioning of various appliances simultaneously can cause an overload which can trip you safety control and cut electricity in your house. This could lead to a costly upgrade; hence have your electrician check this matter if you are unsure.
Some constructional details can also add to the complexity and is common in homes that were built during the 70-80s era. The wiring methods in these houses are not easily upgradable. This is when wi-fi networks come into use.
While connecting and integrating smart home technology through the walls may appear sharper, it is not necessary to do so and will cost you more. You can easily upgrade and improve the quality of your home with smart technology and possibly make no structural changes with wi-fi enabled devices.
What You Should Look Out For
The minute you are sure you want to get a connected network in your house is when the fun begins – purchasing the latest smart home technology available in the market. The question you need to ask before purchasing a new appliance: will it make your life easier and more comfortable? If the answer is yes, then the investment is worth it.
Smart home technology isn’t the same as using a tablet or a smartphone. You will be using this smart technology on most days, but you wouldn’t want to think about it. Rather, you want it to think for you and make your life uncomplicated. Firstly look for features and then the aesthetics. You might get amazing usability from an average looking home appliance than a great looking but a hard-to-use device.
With a smart home comes a smart lifestyle. There are numerous ways to describe the advantages that come along with these technological advances; thus providing more security and relief. People with special needs or the elderly can make the most out of such a concept and stay comfortably their own house.
Finally, with all of these tips in mind, there is a high possibility of your smartphone turning into a remote control for most of your electronics and appliances. Hence, invest in a good one for an added level of luxury and keep your old phone at the house connected to wifi as a remote control.
Author Bio: Arindam Paul is a founding member of Atomberg Technologies, a startup working towards manufacturing unique energy efficient fans and tech savvy products. He is currently heading the Marketing and Long term strategy division at Atomberg and is aiming to disrupt the world of household appliances.