- On August 31, 2016
- In Alarm.com, Alarm.com Installation Australia, Alarm.com Monitoring Australia, Home Alarms, Home Automation, Home Security, Smart Home
- By Felicity Sweeney
Can a Smart Home Really Simplify my Life?
I know what you’re thinking. Can a smart home really make that much difference to my day-to-day life? When a lot of people think of smart homes and home automation visions of Homer Simpson being attacked by the Ultrahome 3000 spring to mind. The realities of the situation are somewhat different. Below is a list of the five most realistic life simplifying features of a good smart home.
No. 1: Mornings don’t need to be nightmares with a smart home.
Anyone with children can call tell you that mornings can be a battleground of conflicting agendas. Parents are usually struggling to get out the door. Often involving getting everyone up, showered, dressed, fed, lunches packed, extra-curricular sports cloths packed, homework accounted for and the list goes on. Which, is probably why according to Alarm.com, parents are the new trend setters when it comes to home automation. While it would be science fiction to think that a smart home with the voice of Pierce Brosnon is going to pack the kids lunch for them, there are other things current smart home systems are more than capable of.
For example, wouldn’t it be nice to know if the toddler was trying to escape out the back door while you were busy making school lunches? With smart home technology you can set a sensor to any door, or draw, to be alerted when it has been opened. Great for when you have curious toddlers running around the house. It also makes sneaking out as a teenager pretty difficult.
Not only that, but you can automate appliances, making it possible for the smart home to start making coffee for you while you are rousing the troops for the day.
No. 2: Energy savings are really possible with a smart home.
Let’s be honest for a moment. Most people would like to make savings on their energy bill. Most would also like to save the environment from further damage, but most of all people don’t really want to compromise on their comfort level to achieve this. In fact, according to Alarm.com, 93% of homeowners agree with this. The good news is, with smart home technology you no longer need to compromise on comfort to achieve savings.
Smart homes know when there is no one left in the house and turns the lights off. It also turns split system air conditioners off, or to a better power saving temperature. Smart home devices can easily be retro-fitted with compact units that are small enough to be hidden behind light switches and power points. Otherwise, there are units that can sit between the power outlet and the plug on the end of the device. As a security feature your lights can be set to come on and off at random, giving the impression that someone is home.
No. 3: Know when the kids get home from school (and who’s with them!) with a smart home.
We live in a world of working parents. In many ways this gets harder as they get older. When they are in the primary school years there are after-school and holiday programs that keep them safe and entertained. As they hit secondary school, however, things are a bit different. For the sake of peace of mind, there are smart home features that can send a photo to your phone when the kids get home from school. This way you know they have arrived home safely. It also comes with the added bonus of knowing who is with them. Possibly solving the mystery of why there is never any food in the house!
It simplifies life because you don’t have to constantly check in with them. It also stops those moments of panic when you realise that your meeting ran late and you didn’t get the chance. The photo will come through and you can focus on the job at hand. Plus, with smart access control from Alarm.com you only receive a message when it’s your children coming in. Most people wouldn’t appreciate an alert every time their spouse comes and goes from the house.
No. 4: Simplify home security with a smart home.
If you have a monitored home alarm you probably know the truth already. Whether they admit it or not, most only set the alarm when they go away on holidays, which defeats the purpose a bit. Technology can now remind you via your smart phone. Something called a geo fence, or virtual fence, is drawn around your property on a map. When the last person with a smart phone leaves that area they are prompted to set the alarm. Arming the system can also turn off lights and other devices, removing that question from your mind: “did I leave the iron on?”
Everything with the smart home is simplified on your smart phone with one app, this single app allows you to:
- Arm and disarm your alarm
- Turn the temperature up and down on your remote controlled air conditioners
- Look at installed video cameras and footage
- See your system logs
- Unlock and lock doors and roller doors
- Turn lights on and off, as well as change their colour
- Take a video call from your front door bell
- The list goes on!
No. 5: Smart home keyless entry.
Keyless entry has multiple benefits in and of itself. First of all, leaving a key under the door mat is a pretty well worn trick at this point, and brings home security down a few pegs when applied. With a smart home you no longer need this. Even if you forget your keys there is a way to access the house with your smart phone or watch. Not only that, but you can also remotely unlock the front door. Perfect if, for example, you have family arriving for the weekend while you’re still at work.
Probably the best feature of keyless entry is not having to struggle with the keys while toting a combination of school bags, sports equipment and supermarket shopping into the house.
If you would like to know more about fitting smart home technology into your life, give us a call. It’s great to have it installed when you are building, but there are also a number of easy retrofit options. Bringing beautiful old houses into the future with ease.