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Why Do I Need a Smart Home?

Why Do I Need a Smart Home?

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the term “smart home,” but what exactly is it? That questions has various answers, depending on who you ask. 


These homes are residences equipped with several devices that automate tasks normally handled by humans. Homeowners control them using cell phone applications, voice commands, automation, or artificial intelligence. 


Stay tuned to learn more about these innovative houses.

Smart Home Basics

Nowadays, most houses already come with a degree of “smartness” because they have built-in electronic controllers and sensors. For instance, modern washing machines have programmers that make them follow a specific series of washes, rinses, and spins, depending on how you configure their knobs and dials when you switch them on. 


Maybe you’re a fancy homeowner with a robotic vacuum cleaner that has a mind of its own and crawls around your rooms picking up dust. These devices are examples of home automation, but they’re not really what we mean when we talk about smart homes. 


When we talk about home automation, centralized control comes to mind. In the smartest of homes, computers fulfill a person’s daily tasks; they can monitor the state of one’s home and switch appliances on and off accordingly. For instance, computers can monitor light levels entering the windows and automatically raise or lower blinds or switch interior lights on or off. 


Now that you know the basics, continue reading to learn about the five advantages of this technology. 


The 5 Benefits

1. Manage Your Devices in One Place

The convenience factor here is unbeatable. Connecting all of your home’s devices to one interface is a massive leap forward for technology and home improvement. What if you’re not tech-savvy? Don’t worry; all you’ll have to do is master a single app on your phone or tablet to access numerous functions and devices throughout your household. This type of efficiency and accessibility reduces the learning curve for new users, making it simpler to access the functionality your home needs. 


2. Enhance Your Home’s Security

When you add security and surveillance features to your smart home network, it will feel like you have a personal security guard protecting your family. The best home automation systems can connect motion detectors, surveillance cameras, automated door locks, and other security measures throughout your house; you can activate them using your phone before going to sleep. 

Additionally, you can also opt for receiving security alerts on multiple devices, depending on the time an alert goes off. You can also monitor activities in real-time, perfect for when you’re on your Hawaiin get-away. 


3. Remote Access to Your Home’s Features

Remember that vacation to Hawaii we just mentioned? Don’t underestimate the importance of being able to control your home from a distance. For example, if there’s a heatwave, you can order your house to cool down just in time for when you come home from work. If you’re in a hurry to start dinner, but you’re still grocery shopping, you can preheat your oven while waiting in line. 

Best of all, you can check if you left your lights accidentally turned on, who is at your front door, and ensure you’ve turned off your other devices while you’re away. 


4. Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

If you’re environmentally conscientious, you can use your home’s technology to make it energy efficient. For instance, you can have direct control over your home’s heating and cooling preferences using a programmable smart thermostat that knows your schedule and preferred temperature; it will suggest optimal temperature settings throughout the day. 

You can program your home’s lights and motorized shades to switch to evening mode as the sun sets. Furthermore, your lights can turn on or off automatically when you enter or leave the room, so you’ll never have to worry about wasting energy or paying an outrageous energy bill. 


5. Better Appliance Functionality

Smart technology can help you run your appliances better. Using a smart TV can help you find better apps and channels to locate your favorite shows. A smart oven will help you cook your dishes to perfection so that you never over or undercook a meal again (we know you’re a great chef, but you can’t go wrong with a helping hand). A customized home theater and audio system can make managing your movie and music collection effortless—perfect for entertaining your loved ones. 

Ultimately, automation technology will enhance your appliances’ effectiveness and make spending time at home more enjoyable. 


Final Verdict: Technology Makes Life Better

You may think that smart homes are an unattainable luxury, or that they’re silly and frivolous. Isn’t it lazy to depend on technology to switch your lights on and off when you can get up and do it yourself? It’s important to remember that some people with disabilities and the elderly struggle doing certain household tasks, and technology has enhanced their quality of life. 

Home technology makes all the difference between them being able to live independently in their own house or relying on loved ones. Even if you don’t fall into any of the above categories, this technology can improve your home’s security, comfort, and convenience. 


All Metro Tech Can Help

If you don’t already enjoy a smart home, what’s stopping you? All Metro Tech is a full-service residential and commercial custom electronics design and integration company. Our technology solutions can make your home elegant, safe, fun, and easy to navigate. 

We serve Salt Lake and Summit counties. Reach out to us today.