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Home Automation: What is it and do we need it?

by on August 16, 2016

 

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Internet of things, smarthomes, connected devices, wearable tech. What are these gadgets all about and how do they work to improve your life at home?

Ten years ago there was a world without smartphones. A phone was just a phone. It could receive calls and text messages, but it couldn’t browse the internet or send emails. It was a dumb phone. Thanks to companies like Apple and Samsung, our idea of what a mobile phone can do for us has changed and so has the way we communicate with the people around us.

Smartphones have given us an easier way to connect and this helps us make quicker decisions. At the press of a button we can get answers to our questions or video call with someone on the other side of the world. What if you need more control over how you live with your home? Having a smarthome is no longer a complicated mission with a high price tag. If you know what you’re looking for, a smarthome can give you total control over your home, and it’s easier than you thought.

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When it comes to deciding what area of your home deserves a smart upgrade, it’s important to think about where your home is falling short and to find a simple solution to the problem. Are you waking up in the middle of the night because you can’t keep your bedroom the right temperature? With a smart thermostat like ecobee3 you can control the temperature from your phone and stop stumbling around in the dark. Are the kids always leaving the lights on before they head to school? Check out smart lighting like Philips Hue. Wherever you decide to start, you’ll end up simplifying your home and your life – and you could save more than just time.

Greater control means greater comfort – and it also means greater savings. We all forget to shut off things like our air conditioner before heading out for the day. By taking a regular dumb device and upgrading it to a smart device you’ll enjoy a smarter way to save. Did you know heating and cooling accounts for between 40% and 60% of your monthly energy bill? By upgrading to a smart thermostat like ecobee3 you’ll be heating and cooling your home smarter and that means savings. When you start seeing a lower energy bill just consider it a monthly reminder that your smarthome is working harder so you can live easier.
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Upgrading your home to a smarthome may seem daunting at first, but you already own the first step – your smartphone. Most smartphones come with an operating platform that will allow you to control your smarthome from the palm of your hand. If you have an Iphone, Apple’s Homekit is a great solution. If you’re a Samsung user, Samsung Smartthings is a great option too. WINK and IFTTT are two other smarthome platforms you can explore that are compatible with Samsung, Apple and offer great control. Once you know how you plan on controlling all your connected devices, you know what to look for to make sure your home works together effortlessly. Just make sure that whatever device you select is compatible with your smartphone.
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