What Is A Smart Home?
Smart home is a home in which appliances like your ac, tv, geysers, lights etc have the potential to communicate with the cloud server. The cloud server sends and receives signals from these smart devices.
Basically, these signals are the commands of computer language which help devices and artificial intelligence to understand, process and implement the exact action required in a smart home through smart devices.
A homeowner can make its existing home smart by integrating the cloud based technology in it. But, firstly, he has to understand the requirements and objectives to make his home smart.
Usually, we all use two types of appliances in our home first is low power consuming appliances and second is high power consuming appliances.
Both types of appliances require different potential types of smart devices. Some smart devices are specially designed to bear the load of high power consuming appliances and some smart devices are designed for the low power consuming appliances.
So, you need to choose smart devices according to your expectations wisely. If you are still confused about what is a smart home or how home automation works then watch the video below.
How Smart Home Works?
In this era, IoT (internet of things) industry is going to boom. The Internet of things are the things which are connected to the internet and can communicate with each other as well as cloud servers.
In a smart home IoT technology comes in to make it smart. Let’s don’t go into technicalities but let me clear your basic concept. Smart devices use protocols such as Zigbee, Z-wave, RF (radio frequency) to communicate with cloud servers.
When a homeowner sends a signal to a smart device to turn-on or off a light, a smart device sends that signal directly to the cloud. Cloud servers understand, process the data and take necessary action for the targeted home appliance.
Different companies use different protocols in their smart devices but in the future most of the smart devices will work on the same protocol and even be compatible with each other and can be accessible with the same mobile application.
Future Of Smart Homes
Future of the smart home industry is bright as the sun. According to Statista “Revenue in the Smart Home market amounts to US$4,262m in 2020”.
Also, they evaluated “Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2020-2024) of 17.1%, resulting in a market volume of US$8,016m by 2024”.
Statista is very reliable for the stats like these and we can say this rapid growth of the smart home industry will change our lifestyle soon.
Millions of people will adopt IoT technology in the future. And, this will change working style, living style and surviving style of mankind.
Benefits of a smart home
There are so many benefits of a smart home which will make your mind to have a smart home. Some of the benefits are listed below:-
- Remote access:- Homeowners will get the power to control their home appliances even if they are miles away from the home.
- Energy efficient and money efficient:- Smart homes are much more energy efficient and money efficient in comparison to ordinary homes.
- Beneficial for elderly people:- Elderly people can notify their family members instantly in any mishappening.
- Convenience:- Homeowner will have more convenience in his home because he doesn’t need to get up to perform small activities such as turning-on or off appliances.
- Security:- Enabling IoT technology is really helpful to maximise security. Smart homes are more capable to keep you and yours things safe in comparison to ordinary homes.
There are 20 reasons why you should automate your home. These reasons are enough to influence your mind to have a smart home.
Reality Of A Smart Home
Have you ever seen commercials? A person enters his room and lights get turned-on and he gives command to the vacuums to clean everything and they start doing it. It looks so flawless and magical but wait a second.
There is no solution till now which can do all these things in your entire house flawlessly. Hopefully, in future we’ll get that solution but till now it’s not available. Soon technology will reach to the next level.
Having a smart home is really cool but before making your home smart you need to figure out what are your expectations and what will you actually get.
Technology is growing day-by-day and may be your expectations may be fulfilled in the future but not now. So, identify the capability of current technology and then take a step to make your home smart.
What is included in a smart home?
In a smart home, you can control lighting, temperature, security, sound system, etc. Everything would be accessible through mobile application or voice hubs like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.