The term smart home is cropping up more and more with a growing number of devices available, the demand for smart home installers in Nottingham continues to grow as more people want to make the most technology available. However, a lot of people are still wondering:
What exactly is a smart home and how can it benefit me?
A smart home is a convenient “Tailor Made” set up where appliances and devices are linked and can be controlled remotely from anywhere with an internet connection using a mobile phone or networked device. This allows the user to control useful functions around the home such as security access, temperature and even the TV remotely. Smart home installation can be either a hardwired or wireless system.
Having a completely automated smart home system allows the homeowner to control all their smart devices through one central point, with the ability to control anything from the hearting to the kettle. The system allows the user to create timers or schedules for certain changes to take effect or even amend them if they aren't home meaning homeowners can even reduce their energy consumption by having these controls in place.
As the name suggests smart home appliances are particularly smart as many come with self-learning skills so they can learn the schedules and adjust as needed. Some automation systems alert the homeowner if any motion is detected in the home whilst they are away or notify of loud noises that may be a cause for concern.
Smart home installations can either be wireless or hardwired systems or even a combination of the two. Wireless systems are a lot easier to install, putting in a wireless home automation system with features such as smart lighting or temperature control is an affordable way to introduce smart technology into your home.
The most common challenge raised with smart home technology continues to be security risks and bugs however creators of the technology have measures in place to mitigate risks including encouraging the use of strong passwords and encryption when available. It's also recommended only trusted devices are connected to the network.
Hardwired systems can be considered more reliable and are typically less likely to be hacked. A hardwired system can even increase the value of a home. The only drawback is that the installation is more expensive although dependent on your needs this may be a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things for complete smart home control.
The biggest advantage of installing smart home technology is the convenience of a single point of control for multiple devices rather than having to set everything individually. As the control device is portable this also allows the user to make changes on the go and allows notifications and updates from home such as smart doorbells notifying the homeowners when somebody comes to their home and can act as a deterrent for unwanted attention.
Whilst there is an outlay for the cost of setting up your smart devices, (which varies on the devices selected) smart home technology can allow homeowners to benefit long term from cost savings by lowering energy consumption.
To understand your options when it comes to smart technology around the home you can use the registered competent persons register for electricians. The register allows you to search all electricians in your area and independently verify their credentials before getting in touch.
Definitive Electrical Solutions are proud to be a reputable smart home installer in Nottingham and are happy to discuss any queries regarding smart home installations and devices.