Smart Home Features You Might Want to Try

More and more people are embracing smart technology in their houses, making their homes into “smart homes.” A smart home uses internet-connected devices to allow you to monitor and manage appliances and systems remotely. It can also be called home automation. Smart homes provide greater security, comfort, convenience, and energy efficiency. If you’re interested in transforming your home into a smart home, read on for everything you’ll need to know.


Smart homes have three components: 

  • a smart hub which serves as the control center for all your devices,

  • a smartphone app that allows you to control your devices, and 

  • the smart devices themselves.

Smart Devices for Every Part of Your Home

You can capitalize on the benefits of smart devices throughout your home. Whether you pick and choose the areas you want to incorporate into your connected home or take advantage of everything smart technology offers, you’re sure to find some ways to make your life easier and better.

Heating and Cooling

One of the most popular pieces of smart technology, smart thermostats allow you to set your HVAC system on a schedule so that your house is at its optimal temperature when you’re home. When you’re at work, the settings change to conserve energy. At night, the house cools down, perfect for sleeping. This technology can also learn your habits and schedule and adapt to your needs.


Smart vents open and close to help control temperature and airflow in different rooms. You can keep every room in your home at the perfect temperature at the right time: having bedroom vents open at night, giving the rooms in the sunnier parts of your house more airflow in the summer and less heat in the winter, and so on.


Smart ceiling fans allow you to turn the fan off and on and control the speed via remote. You can also set them on a timer, so they turn off at a specified time. A smart humidifier allows you to monitor and adjust the humidity in your home with ease. Smart heating and cooling technology really will make the temperature and air quality in your home feel great all the time.

Kitchen

The possibilities for smart features in the kitchen are nearly endless, and they can be incredibly useful, saving you a lot of time and effort. A smart refrigerator, for example, lets you order your groceries from a touchscreen on the door. It can even take a photo of the inside of the fridge and text it to your phone–so helpful if you forgot to check whether or not you need eggs or butter before heading to the grocery store.


Smart dishwashers allow you to set the wash cycle you want and start it from an app on your phone. No more forgetting to start the dishwasher before leaving for work in the morning!


If you use a smart oven, you can preheat it remotely. It can send you an alarm when your food is done, and it can also set and adjust cooking times for you. For example, if you tell it you’re cooking a frozen pizza, it can adjust the temperature and time so you can skip the preheating and cook from frozen. Some smart ovens get to know you and the way you cook and can learn to customize themselves to you.


The list of smart kitchen appliances goes on. From coffee makers that start brewing your favorite cup even before you get into the kitchen in the morning to devices that pull up recipes and send you a shopping list, there are many ways you can make your kitchen work smarter, not harder.

Home Security

Probably the most common and well-known iteration of smart home technology, smart security can give you safety and peace of mind. Smart door locks let you lock and unlock your doors remotely, or even set them to lock themselves when you leave the home. Smart garage openers open when your car is nearby and close by themselves when you leave.


You can install indoor smart cameras that allow you to monitor your pet when you’re away for the day, or that notify you if there is motion indoors when there shouldn’t be.


Outside, smart doorbells allow you to see who comes up to your door and even speak to them through an intercom. Some technology has facial recognition that allows your pre-approved list of people to gain access to the house without a key. If something does happen to your home or property, a video recording will help the police or insurance company.


Water leak, smoke, and mold sensors that alert you if a problem is detected could go a long way toward keeping your family and property safe.

Bathrooms

In the bathroom, automating what you can with smart technology makes your space feel luxurious and your morning and evening routines relaxing. You can program your shower to turn on and heat the water to your exact specified temperature before you evenstep into the room. Motion sensors can activate your lights–bright in the morning and soft at night–when you enter. You can have your tub filled and ready when you are, and speakers playing a pre-set playlist of your favorite music if you want a bath before bed.

Other Uses of Smart Technology

Smart intercoms allow you to tell everyone that dinner is served or to get ready to go. Smart speakers mean you can set and play whatever music suits your mood, whenever you want, in whichever rooms you want. You can make your morning alarm your favorite song, and play your kids’ favorites in their rooms to wake them up. Smart lights allow you to remotely control the lights from your app–turning on security lights when you’re not home, or turning lamps on and off as you want. You can even preset these: for example, tell your living room that you’re going to watch a movie, and the lights dim in preparation for your film. Some smart lights sense the amount of daylight present and adjust their brightness accordingly.


For older people living alone, smart technology allows them to be independent for longer. Family members can be notified if their loved one falls, has a water leak, or has someone at the door, for example. Being able to remotely turn off a forgotten stove or ensure doors are locked at night may bring the peace of mind everyone needs.


How to Make Your Home Smart

Interested in making your home a smart home? Many new homes are being built with smart infrastructure already in place. Older homes can often be retrofitted to add the technology that is desired.


First, you must make sure your home has access to a strong, reliable internet connection. Then you’ll choose the hub you want to serve as the basis of your smart technology. Do you want your technology to be voice-activated? Run via an app on your phone? Do you want a virtual assistant or a fully automated system? After deciding on your hub, make sure everything is secure by creating strong passwords.


If an entire smart home seems too overwhelming, you can dip your toe in the water by using smart plugs first. These devices allow you to turn anything you plug into them into a smart device. For example, you can plug a regular lamp into a smart plug and then control it with an app on your phone. After making a few appliances smart using smart plugs, you can add more as you feel comfortable.


Smart homes are growing in popularity. The convenience, energy-saving potential, and security they offer are benefits every homeowner wants! If you’re planning a remodel for your home, now is the perfect time to integrate smart technology. Our team at BOLT Builders offers excellent craftsmanship, attention to detail, and care for our clients that is unmatched. Contact us today to talk about how we can help you make your home everything you want it to be.