Whether it’s remote controlled doorbells and thermostats or voice assistants, smart home technology is becoming increasingly popular, allowing you to monitor your home appliances, check on pets whilst you’re out or help you out around the home.
What is smart home technology?
According to the Department of Trade and Industry, a ‘smart home’ is a home containing a communication network which connects appliances, allowing them to be accessed, monitored and controlled remotely. Many smart devices have apps allowing you to remotely access and control them using WiFi.
What are smart homes capable of?
Smart technology allows you to see and control what is going on inside your home using your phone, tablet or computer, even when you are out. You can even control your heat, electricity or hot water remotely if you forget to turn them off before leaving the house. Smart technology can also benefit vulnerable society members by triggering alerts if elderly people fall or fail to take their pills.
How is smart technology installed?
You can introduce smart technology by installing a network which enables you to connect devices and appliances, or you can purchase products which link to your phone. A smart thermostat can remotely turn your heating on or off whilst you’re out of the house, whilst a voice assistant device can remind you to arrange a boiler service allowing you to enhance the safety and efficiency of your home. In Gloucester boiler service can be undertaken by a range of companies, such as HPR Services (http://www.hprservicesltd.com/gloucester-boilers/boiler-service-gloucester/), who service a wide range of boilers.
Smart security cameras connect to your WiFi, allowing you to stream video to almost anywhere. Motion detection technology allows you to observe any changes within your home or monitor your pets. The video doorbell is another popular smart device which sends instant alerts to your mobile device when your doorbell rings.
Whilst not all smart technology works together, some devices such as Nest’s system can work together, whilst Google Home and Alexa will also work with smart home gadgets produced by other companies. However, if you have smart devices which do not work together, you can use “If This, Then That”, a free service which enables you to set up automated rules combining devices, even if they are not designed to work together.