Smart Home Technology Starting at the Front Door
Housework is taking on a whole new meaning as today’s technology enables our house to finally start working for us. Smart home technology and voice-automation provide a whole new level of convenience, energy savings and security.
Though it’s constantly evolving, smart home technology currently enables homeowners to control and adjust security cameras, smart locks and doorbells, lighting, thermostats, smart appliances and entertainment centers. Special apps can manage a number of devices and appliance throughout the home. Now with voice-activated automation, you can have a helping hand around the house without even lifting a finger.
Smart Home Automation
The concept is simple; smart home technology connects a wide range of appliances and electronics in the house to applications that enable automatic and remote operations. But it sounds complex; what does this mean in simple terms? Here are some examples to demonstrate the idea.
In a smart home, you can set your washing machine to turn on automatically at night when energy consumption is less expensive. Using an application on your smartphone, you can lower the air conditioning in your house while you’re on vacation. You can check if your front door is locked or view live video around your house see why your security alarm has gone off, without needing to rush back home.
Using programmable devices, network hubs and a WiFi network, the possibilities with smart home technology are virtually endless. Systems are set up to be convenient for users and, when done right, they can also save money. For example, smart homes can program lighting and thermostats to follow set schedules in order to reduce energy consumption throughout the day and from season to season.
Smart Home at the Front Door
Starting at the main entrance, a smart home can boost security. Smart doorbells with integrated video cameras allow you to see who is at the door from your cell phone, wherever you are. There are many varieties of smart door devices; usually, they also include motion sensors and two-way audio.
Smart locks enable homeowners and guests to enter the home without keys. Once special door locks controlled via Bluetooth or Z-Waves have been installed, anyone with the proper access code can enter the house easily using a mobile application. Some versions will unlock as you approach the door without needing to touch your phone. Homeowners can review who enters the home and when; plus they can allow entry or lock the doors remotely from anywhere.
A new smart home door-locking product has recently entered the market. The Amazon Key Home Kit was originally designed for Prime members. It works with a number of smart locks to allow in-home package delivery while you’re away. Users receive a notification as their package arrives and can communicate with delivery personnel, unlock the front door and watch as they leave the package safely inside. When the door closes, the system then automatically locks the door. All of this is done remotely and without using a standard key. Through the app, you and guests can also benefit from keyless entry.
Smart Home Security Systems
Home automation can also control security systems. These systems integrate motion detectors, video streaming, floodlights and smoke alarms. The smart home security system functions to deter possible intruders, notify the homeowner of break-ins and other emergencies and alert the authorities when necessary. Even while you’re away, a smart home security app lets you monitor the home in real time.
Voice-Automation for Smart Home Systems
The tech industry has been buzzing with news about artificial intelligence and voice automation in the last year. With products like Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa, smart home systems can be activated, adjusted and managed hand-free. Using voice commands, you can ask Alexa to raise the temperature on the thermostat without getting out of bed or arm the security system as you leave the house.
Similarly, Apple HomeKit gives you the power to control a variety of smart home appliances and programmable devices from your iPhone or iPad. Adjust the temperature, lighting, see who’s at the door and unlock it for a friend by talking to Siri. Even without opening the app, Siri – the virtual assistant – will turn off devices, check security cameras and transcribe a text message.
Another a voice-automated smart home system called Google Home can help keep your home working seamlessly for you. Just say “Ok, Google,” and the automated assistant will follow your commands. Ask if the front door is locked, slide the deadbolt with a smart lock, hear your email read to you, play video on any device, you can even tell the robot vacuum to start cleaning up!
Time to Upgrade to a Smart Lock System?
It seems too futuristic to be real, but it’s not! You can have an automated smart home and take advantage of the convenience, energy savings and increased security that this technology offers.
For more information about smart locks, and other innovative security solutions for commercial and residential settings, call Great Valley Lockshop at (610) 644-5334 or request a free estimate using our easy online form.