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An introduction to smart home technology

Posted on 11 April 2016

The idea of the smart home has been around for decades, but only recently has technology started to catch up with our imagination. Science fiction writers have long imagined what the homes of the future would be like, and finally these dreams are becoming a reality.

From kettles to thermostats, fridges to smoke detectors, the internet is increasingly finding its way into more and more of our everyday household appliances.

As technology continues to get smarter, so do the homes that feature it. Previously independent devices can now be connected over the internet, allowing us greater control over what is happening in our homes, even when we’re not there.

What are the benefits of smart home technology?

Smart technology makes your home smarter, but what does this actually mean? Why do people want to make their homes smarter? What advantages do smart homes offer over conventional homes?

Convenience

Convenience is often the first benefit to be mentioned in answer to this question. Smart devices allow users to access and control them from a remote location, whether this is a different room or the other side of the world. Many smart devices let you take things a step further, automating certain processes so you can forget about them all together.

Security

By giving you greater control over your home, smart technology also allows you to increase your home security. Whether this is accessing security camera footage on your smartphone or remotely locking and unlocking your doors.

smart washing machine 

Energy efficiency

One of the biggest benefits of smart home technology is increasing your energy efficiency. As our homes become smarter, they also become better at saving energy. Being able to control your gadgets and appliances remotely means you can switch them off even when you’re not there, directly from your smartphone or computer.

Automation is where the real energy savings come into play though. With smart technology, you can set your lights to switch off automatically when no-one is in a room, or set your thermostat to let your interior temperature drop during the day when your home is empty, only heating up again just before you arrive home in the evening.

Find out more about how smart meters can help you become more energy efficient and save money.

What does the future hold for smart home technology?

With technology advancing at an ever increasing rate, who knows what the future holds? Lots of experts are predicting wearable technology and biometrics to play a pivotal role in the future of smart homes.

 smart home biometrics

By being able to track and monitor users on an individual basis, smart technology will be able to provide a much more personalised experience. Showers that know exactly what temperature you like your water to be, coffee machines that memorise your favourite beverage, fridges that recommend recipes based on a combination of your tastes and what ingredients you currently have – the possibilities are endless!

Thanks to smart technology, the futuristic homes seen in our favourite science fiction movies are becoming more of a reality every day. Don’t believe us? Check out these 6 movie predictions that came true.

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