By 2023, it’s estimated that over half of all households in the developed world will have an intelligent home system. That means that even if you don’t have a smart home by then, your neighbours likely will.
But wise homeowners know that just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s right for you. After all, home automation may seem like fun, but does it offer any real benefits? In other words, are intelligent home systems worth the hype?
In this article, we answer these questions and explore the advantages of installing a smart home system.
First, what is home automation? What is an intelligent home system?
Home automation means that things you use in your home are connected to a single, remotely operated system that you control. Most people already have some form of home automation. For example, a heating and cooling system that adjusts to maintain an even temperature throughout your home is a popular type of automation.
However, in this article, we’re discussing the advantages of an intelligent home system. An intelligent home system goes beyond just one or two elements like heating and cooling or security. Instead, it includes your lighting, appliances, heating/cooling system, security system, window blinds, door locks, and anything else you’d like to add, such as a hot tub or a cat feeder.
You can either program the system to function automatically according to your set preferences, or you can control it throughout the day using your smartphone or tablet.
What are the advantages of an intelligent home system?
It’s hard to imagine how much daily life improves with home automation when you haven’t experienced it before.
Much like it was difficult to grasp the benefits of a pocket-sized smartphone when it was first introduced, a home automation system may seem to many people like a nice thing to have—but not something that you would come to rely on.
Yet, as we’ll see, the advantages of a smart home go far beyond just a nice bit of futuristic tech to impress your guests—though that’s certainly one benefit.
Advantage #1: An intelligent home system takes care of the household routines so you can focus on more important things in life.
When you’re busy from week-to-week, it’s a huge weight off your shoulders to not have to think about preparing your home for the next day.
Imagine your workday with the help of home automation…
As your alarm goes off in the morning, your blinds open automatically, flooding the room with gentle natural light. Your kettle starts heating on its own so that you can enjoy a cup of tea right away.
When you leave for work, your alarm system turns on, your door locks on its own behind you, and your energy usage reverts to the lowest possible setting. Appliances and electrical outlets shut off so that you don’t ever have to worry again whether you turned the stove off.
While you’re at the office, you can check in on your home’s security cameras from your smartphone. When your dog walker shows up, you can disarm the alarm and unlock the door for them remotely.
As you drive home in the evening, your smart system begins preparing for your arrival. The temperature returns to the optimal setting. Your hot tub starts heating up. A couple of lights turn on so that you don’t come home to a completely dark house. You tap a button on your smartphone to start your oven preheating.
That night as you prepare for bed, your intelligent lights switch to “night mode” to encourage easier sleep. The blinds throughout the house close. Your ocean noise maker turns on, lulling you to sleep.
You’ve worked hard for what you have—shouldn’t your home be working harder for you?
Advantage #2: With home automation, your home becomes safer.
When it comes to both security and safety issues, you’re more protected with a smart home.
Your security system gets a major upgrade when it’s part of an intelligent home system. For example, if you leave for an extended vacation, you can program your system to turn lights on and off randomly, fooling would-be burglars into thinking you’re at home. Plus, you’ll never have to worry that you forgot to turn on your security system—it’s programmed to switch on as soon as you leave the house!
The safety advantages of an intelligent home system aren’t just related to security. Your home can monitor the levels of potentially dangerous gases like carbon monoxide or natural gas, sense excess heat, or detect if there’s a small water leak somewhere. You’ll be alerted to any problem immediately, long before you’d have noticed it yourself.
Advantage #3: A smart home works to reduce energy usage wherever possible.
Your home can be programmed to conserve energy wherever it finds an opportunity, and it can also revert to energy efficiency settings when you’re not there. For example, your home can stop cooling or heating so intensely when you’re at work, and electrical outlets can turn off when not in use.
Not only will you save money every month on your energy and water bills, but you’ll also be helping the Earth by reducing your carbon footprint.
Above all, an intelligent home system lifts the burden of managing your home off you, leaving you with more time and mental energy to spend the way you want to.
You’re free from worry about whether you’re conserving as much energy as you should be, and you can rest a lot easier knowing that security and safety concerns are taken care of. Not to mention, the day-to-day hassle of preparing the things you need to ensure a great night’s sleep and stress-free morning can be handled for you.
In short, an investment in home automation is an investment in your quality of life.
How will you use your extra leisure time?