Turning your home into a smart home doesn’t have to be all that hard. If you want to take advantage of everything a smart home has to offer, there’s isn’t much standing in your way. You can start making your home smart today.
But should you?
There’s no easy answer to that question. What you want out of your home is entirely subjective, and maybe a smart home will make you miserable (some people are just old school, and that’s okay). Having said that, you shouldn’t make your decision without having a good look at exactly what it is your signing up for, or giving up. Smart homes have so much to offer, so we’ve broken down the main advantages to making the upgrade.
I put this one at the top, because if your to-do list looks anything like mine, there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
Why not make your life easier? It may sound lazy to complain about setting the thermostat, opening and closing the blinds, turning on the news, setting the sprinklers, turning on the porch light, and the list goes on. Once you add these tasks up, though, they actually take up a fair amount of your day. Not to mention if you live with family members that always leave the lights on, being the last one out for the day becomes a lot easier — just say “turn off all lights” and walk out the door knowing nothing was left on.
So, take a load off. Let your smart home, with all its AI wisdom, take care of you while you get to the parts of your day that require a smart, er, person?
Do you have friends, family, or neighbours with mobility issues? Maybe you have elderly parents who visit from time to time? Maybe you yourself can’t reach or grasp appliances, or operate the heavier ones.
One of the great things about a smart home is that it allows you to automate certain household tasks. You can do everything from change TV channels to mow the lawn with voice commands, and that can make a world of difference to a lot of people.
It sucks to invite a friend over and realize that your home just isn’t suited to their needs.
Most people want their homes to be a welcoming place. It frankly sucks to invite a friend over and realize that your home just isn’t suited to their needs. Might as well play it safe and get everything set up to be as accessible as possible.
We all want to feel safe. The irony of staying connected and informed is that it tends to make the most level-headed of us completely paranoid. (There were how many break-ins in my neighbourhood last year?)
Smart homes are great at giving you that added peace of mind.
Keep your family safe with smart security systems.
You can reduce the chances of house fires with smart appliances that shut off automatically, and limit the fallout with smart detectors. But you can do so much more than that too. Keep your family safe with smart security systems. Check who’s at your door with smart doorbells equipped with cameras. Do all of this remotely. Never squirm at work wondering if you locked the front door again — just double check on your phone, and lock up with the push of a button.
Saving money probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you imagine putting a bunch of new tech in your house. But when you think of it as a long-term investment, a smart home more than pays for itself.
According to a study by the US Environmental Protection Agency, smart home owners who use thermostat controls alone saved 10-30 percent on their energy bill. That’s huge, and after a few months (or a few years!), you’re likely looking at hundreds or thousands of dollars.
And that’s just the thermostat. You’ll be able to save energy on all kinds of appliances, if you choose to. And installing this kind of tech now could mean boosting the resale value of your house later on. Sure, it’s a hefty cost up front, but think long term, and you’re looking at a lot of money that can stay safely in your bank account — or that you can use to treat the family to a vacation.
This one’s a no-brainer. Being environmentally responsible is one of the main advantages of smart homes for a lot of people. Just as your energy bill shrinks when you reduce needless consumption, so too does your carbon footprint.
Think of this as another investment, only you’re investing in the future of the planet.
Think of this as another investment, only as well as investing in your own financial security, you’re investing in the future of the planet.
Will upgrading to a smart home alone tip the scales and save the planet? Of course not. But it’s one part you can play, and it’s not even very hard.
Admit it, it sucks being that one person who’s behind. Not everyone’s an early adopter, and that’s okay, but using a flip phone when everyone’s got a smartphone isn’t a fun position to be in.
I remember first joining Facebook when it started to became clear that I was missing event invites and conversations that were happening online. It’s important not to get left behind. Technology is only as good or bad as we make it, but opting out altogether is a losing game.
Smart homes are here to stay. They’ll surely change over time, but the basic principle is a winner. If you start getting used to it now, you’ll be in a better position to adapt as the the tech improves and expands its reach on our lives. If you can afford the upgrade, it’ll keep you feeling current.
Do you have a smart home? What made you upgrade? Are you happy with your choice? Any advantages we missed? Any drawbacks? Chime in the comments to let us know.