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Smart home – what is it and how to do it?


Imagine you are walking out of your house and your light gets switched off, your heater or air conditioner gets turned off and your door gets locked automatically as you step out of your home. That’s exactly what a smart home is. Before you get home from work, your home will be ready to give you a comfortable stay. Your air conditioner will turn on automatically so that you can get into a soothing environment after you come from outside. Your HVAC will be switched on so that you can take a hot shower without waiting for the water to get heated.

How does it work? 

You need to have smart devices to turn your home into a smart home. This device can sense your movement, the light, temperature of sound. They can respond to a command and process information. The home simply acts as if it has got eyes and ears.

How to make your home a smart home?

If you want to make your home a smart home, you will first need to get a virtual assistant. You can choose from Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant. You can talk to these virtual assistants using simple commands, like ‘turn off the lights’. You will then need to choose hardware to control the devices at home. This can be Echo Dot, Google Home, Apple Watch, etc.

In order to control your lighting, you will need to buy smart bulbs. A Lifx bulb has a built-in Wi-Fi connection that helps to receive commands. These bulbs are dimmable, so you can get your preferred intensity of light. You can use a smart plug to control the operation of your fan, electric kettle or coffee maker. For example, your electric kettle can boil water at the right temperature every morning. You can get smart thermostats like Nest. These will control the heat and will switch off automatically when not in use. You can get some apps for the security of your home. You will be able to control your security alarm or locks from your mobile phone.

All these advanced features can make your home a very comfortable place to live in. It will also save a lot of energy as the devices in your home gets switched off automatically. Make your home a smart home today!

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