When you think of the term smart home, what comes to mind? A few decades ago, that term might have aptly been applied to something as simple as a porch light timer, but things have certainly changed over the decades. From fridges that can alert you when you’re running out of eggs, to thermostats that power down a few degrees when you and the family are away at work and school, to vacuums that clean every nook and cranny without the aid of any human agent, smart technology uses automation to potentially make the smart home the nicest place to be.
Specifically, a smart home is one where various interconnected appliances and devices perform specific actions so as to save you time, financial resources, and energy. According to Statista, the worldwide smart home market is expected reach in excess of $40 billion by 2020. It adds, moreover, that the U.S., Japan, and Germany have the top three smart home penetration rates.
What follows is a look at the sort of smart appliances that you might want to consider for your smart home.
A smart thermostat is the perfect addition to your smart home. In a nutshell, these devices are more advanced versions of the traditional thermostats in that you can remotely interact with them using an app downloaded to your smartphone or tablet to, for instance, adjust the temperature, turn the furnace or air conditioner on or off, and other things. The convenience factor is obvious given that you’ll be able to operate your device whether you’re at home or on the road, and being able to adjust the temperature wherever you happen to be will also help you to save energy. For instance, you can reduce the temperature when you and your family are away for the day and then, before everyone arrives home, adjust the temperature so that your smart home is more comfortable for your family. There are a lot of options when it comes to smart thermostats, so do some research and find one that will specifically meet your needs.
Another one of those tasks that might not be your favorite is washing the dishes. But with a smart dishwasher, cleaning up plates, cups, and cutlery will be a little easier. These units can connect to the Wi-Fi network you have at your home and then connect to an app downloaded on your phone or tablet. You’ll be able to operate your smart dishwasher remotely or keep tabs on the dishwashing process even if you’re not in the same room. If you want a smart home that is also an environmentally friendly home, be sure to run only full loads in your dishwasher. It’s said that the average dishwasher utilizes half a dozen gallons of water every cycle, which makes it a more water-efficient way of washing your things than by doing it in the sink. But running the machine with partial loads will negate the benefits of using a dishwasher in the first place.
With advancements in technology, you can now get a wide range of smart appliances for your smart home. The recommendations above are just a handful of what’s available. So, consider what you need and then go about turning your home into a smart home with the right appliances.
One thing’s for certain, smart fridges are a lot more advanced than traditional fridges. Yes, both types keep things frozen in the freezer section and properly chilled in the fridge section, but that’s where the comparisons end. Smart fridges have touch screens on the front and some have cameras that allow you to view what’s inside your smart fridge using an app. So, if you’ve ever been in the grocery store and tried to remember if you had any milk at home, you won’t have to worry about such things any more with a smart fridge. All you’ll have to do is check using your app. Easy. You can also use the touch screen to search for recipes, leave digital post-it notes for your family, and even find out the weather and play some tunes.
Let’s be honest. Who actually enjoys the process of vacuuming? With smart vacuums, you can keep your smart home clean and tidy without having to add the task to your to-do list. Whether you need to clean your living room, bedroom, or kitchen, there are various smart vacuums that will do this for you. They have sensors, lasers, and other components that enable them to move about your home without requiring your intervention. And when your smart vacuum starts to run low on power, it will automatically return to its docking/charging station to recharge.