Smart home technology is becoming exponentially more popular. Until recently, a future where our homes take care of our mundane tasks for us would have seemed unimaginable, but now that seems imminent. So let’s dive in, step by step, into assembling your smart home.
Now you can select the smart home products you’d like to equip your home with. There are a wide variety of options. Thermostats,
Smart doorbells feature integrated security cameras, microphones, and speakers so you can see and even talk to whoever may be at your front porch. There are many positively reviewed options, including the Skybell HD, Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Nest Hello, and the August Doorbell Cam Pro. These range in price from $160 to $250 but may be well worth the cost for the added peace of mind for homeowners.
Smart locks let you unlock or lock a door remotely and they also notify you when a door has been opened and by who. On top of that, they can allow you to grant access to certain persons at certain scheduled times and they can notify you when anything out of the ordinary occurs, such as when a door is left open. The August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is a well-regarded model. It includes the lock, a sensor mounted on the doorframe, and the Connect accessory that allows you to control your lock outside of Bluetooth range.
Smart garage door openers allow you to check to make sure you shut the door when you left, along with
Got the basics covered but still looking for more smart technology? There are plenty of bells and whistles that you can add to your home. Are you looking for smart light bulbs that can be turned on or off or change color when you ask them to? There are many options. What about a coffee maker that has a cup ready for you by the time you roll out of bed or allows you to order your go-to from the other room? Plenty are already on the market. Want a smart lawn mower that you can command from your phone and will automatically stop cutting if it starts to rain? Try the Honda Miimo. And yes, even if you’re looking for a smart egg carton or a smart fork, they exist. Whatever issues you may be looking to tackle; there are smart gadgets that are there to solve them.
Smart home technology continues to grow in popularity and will be a major part of how we interact with our homes. A future where your lights and temperature are set to your preferred setting when you arrive and you telling your fridge to order the groceries you need is not far away. While the potential for smart home technology is nearly limitless, what consumers want currently are connected devices that make their lives a bit easier by giving them expanded control of their home systems. These practical applications are what architects can focus on. By learning what they do and how they do it, we can design future-proof homes to function with technology. An example is that because smart homes will be built on wireless systems and lights and appliances will be controlled through our voices or phones, reducing the visibility of outlets and switches may be desirable to achieve a greater aesthetic. Another consideration is the layout and interaction of spaces within the home. With televisions that roll up into the ceiling and other appliances shrinking in size, multipurpose spaces that adapt to a resident’s needs should be expected to become more common and less division of spaces may be desired.