You’ve probably been planning on making your home a smart one, but the complex terminology and facts perplex you and you aren’t exactly sure where to start and what to start with.If you’re looking for some help, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of the most vital components you’ll need for a smarter lifestyle.
1. The hub: The heart of your smart home
Simply put, the smart hub is a device that sits at the heart of all device and utilities-related operations in a smart home. The hub is usually controlled via a smartphone app, and uses smart sensors to control all devices-lamps, air conditioning, door locks, kitchen appliances, etc., that are on the home automation network. Some popular smart hubs today include the Samsung SmartThings Hub, Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home.
However, hubless smart home technology has also emerged. There are devices like smart bulbs, that you can simply screw into a light bulb socket, and pair with the app on your home, and that’s that. Your smart light bulb is all set to function. There’s nothing more required.
2. Sensors: Keeping your home on its toes
Sensors play the crucial role of automating various parts of the house, as well as the utilities and appliances they contain. Six basic sensors exist in the world of smart homes viz., a Motion Sensor, a Water Sensor, a Doorbell Sensor, a Temperature Sensor, a Light Sensor and a Weather Sensor. As the name suggests, a sensor literally senses elements it’s meant to, and functions accordingly. Some popular sensor brands (variable by type) include Fibaro, Ring and Netatmo.
3. Cloud: What keeps it all afloat
The Cloud is the platform upon which all the devices of the smart home environment interact. It is the space through which you can interface with your smart applications as well as your control their usage as per your requirements. Some of the key players in the growing cloud platform segment today are Samsung Home Cloud API, Cosesy Cloud and IntelliVision.
4. Remote: For your control
Imagine operating your entire home while relaxing on the couch. Sounds dreamy, right? Well, guess what, there does exist such a device that allows you to do just that. And the best part is, you already own this device. That’s the smart home remote for you: your very own smartphone or tablet. All you need is a bunch of home appliances, facilitator components, your phone/tablet, and you’re all set!
5. Smart devices: Thy will be done
Smart devices are the actual appliances in your home. They are designed specifically to connect and communicate with other devices in the house, as well as your remote. There is a range of smart devices available in the market today, for each part of your home. Be it your kitchen (Anova sous vide cooker, Pantelligent frying pan), living room (Nest thermostat , Philips lights), bedroom (Lovethink smart pillow, Bedjet climate comfort bed), or any other part of the house; smart devices will make your life a lot easier.
With Amazon’s Alexa being integrated into a range of varying smart home devices like washing machines and refrigerators, the Amazon Echo Ecosystem seems to be off to quite a start and is sure to make its users’ lives much, much simpler.
The greener side of smart homes
Did you know the average home spends close to 2000 USD a year on energy cost alone? This number can be decreased by nearly two thirds, just by making the switch to smart devices.
Besides relaxing your expenditure, smart homes also have various environmental benefits due to their potential for energy efficiency, since it is extremely easy to automate their usage.
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So, if you have all these devices in place, you’re good to go, and your journey to making your home a smart one should be free of any hurdles.
If you’d like to know more about any of smart home components, do get in touch with us!