Smart home or Home automation is the total automation of a building. This implies the control and automation of lighting, heating (such as smart thermostats), ventilation, air conditioning, and security, as well as home appliances such as ovens or refrigerators/freezers. Smart home takes the routine, day-to-day activities involved in managing your home and leaves them to a computer.
They use internet connectivity for remote monitoring and are a part of the Internet of things (IoT). Most modern systems generally consist of switches and sensors connected to a central hub also called a “gateway” from which the system is controlled with a user interface that is interacted either with a wall-mounted terminal, mobile devices or a web interface.
Smart home : How to Get Started with Home Automation
Automating your home isn’t as simple as just downloading an app. It’ll take a little more than that to get started.
- A controller will be needed: Even though today’s home automation systems are mostly managed easily from your tablet or smartphone, you’ll still require the installation of a centralized control panel somewhere in your home.
- A wireless network is a requirement: In order to send messages from your controller to your home’s devices you’ll need access to a network either via Wi-Fi or a simple Bluetooth connection. Although it depends on how you plan to use the system. For example, if you think you’ll want to interact with your devices while at work, a Bluetooth connection won’t cut it.
- Finally, the device will need a way to receive command: For most modern appliances, this isn’t an issue: they often have Wi-Fi connectivity in-built. But for others such as, lights—either a smart outlets or smart light bulbs will be needed to integrate them into your home’s automation system.
Buying into the idea of Smart home may seem like a lot of work, but honestly, it isn’t. All you need is to have a Wi-Fi connection in your home and a smartphone in your pocket, you’re already most of the way there. The home automation market was worth US$5.77 billion in 2015 and is predicted to have a market value of over US$10 billion by the year 2020.
In the near future, home automation may be designed to take advantage of all the possibilities that comes with home management. For the time being, Smart home specializes on the most critical and useful parts of a connected home. This means the doors and windows and environmental devices like a thermostat, smoke detectors, etc. which helps keep you safe and comfortable.