Published by Devcore
Posted on January 26, 2017
Smart homes are quickly becoming very real. An increasing number of smart hardware products are available in stores or online. From the smart thermostat to doorbell video, these products are user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing and able to gather and send data to an app on your phone or tablet. From that app, you will have the ability to monitor and control your energy usage and your home security, even when you’re away. Here is a quick look at what home automation could mean for you.
Owning an energy-smart home means having the ability to monitor and regulate the energy used for heating and air conditioning. Data from temperature sensors and motion sensors in your house, along with information on the weather, is collected, analyzed and presented on your phone app.
The app can actually learn your daily routine, and inform you of your energy usage by area. That allows you to make adjustment, directly from the app, and optimize your energy usage. It can also inform you about “phantom power”, which is the energy used by some appliances, even when you think are turned off, but are actually in standby mode.
No longer do you have to remember if you lowered the thermostat or turned off the lights when you left. That can become automatic, hence the expression “Home Automation”. For most home owners, the money spent on energy for their home is a big part of their budget. Having busy lives, it’s easy for them to forget those small gestures that save energy and money. A smart home can give you peace of mind, knowing that those things are taken care of, and you don’t have to remember every day.
In addition, home automation can help you really turn off those appliances that are taking up phantom power. Real money to be saved here. In fact, according to Hydro-Quebec, the fourth largest hydropower producer in the world, phantom power can represent up to 10% of your electrical bill.
Smart home security, what is it? Well, it’s a lot more that a sticker on a window announcing to an intruder that you have an alarm system. A smart home security system can quickly answer questions like: Did I close the back door? Leave the stove on? It’s a whole new ball park.
Doorbell videos, smoke detectors, door and window sensors, and cameras will send everything you need know directly to your phone app. From the app, you can monitor activities in and around your home, for additional peace of mind, and act on that information, if needed. In addition, some smart home owners are forming “smart communities” by sharing their information through a security agency in order to monitor their neighborhood.
Home automation is an emerging market. Some analysts predict “that sales of devices and services for smart homes could top 39 billion by 2019” (Indusoft). Major brands are vying to position themselves on this new market: Apple offers its Home App and HomeKit products, Google acquired Nest, a smart home products company, and Amazon has its own Alexa Smart Home Store. As we said, smart homes are quickly becoming very real.