Smart houses use a number of modern technologies, such as Internet of Things, machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced sensors to automate a home. When you live in a smart home in Sebring, FL, you can connect devices so they communicate with each other and with you through your smartphone, remote control, tablet or computer. Below is a breakdown on how smart home technology works.
Smart Home Central Control
The central control is a system that controls all connected devices in a home automation system. It allows the homeowner to use a single device to manage the settings for the lights, thermostat, washer, dryer and home security system, among others. Central control can be through a wall-mounted interface, such as the Nexia Home Automation System, or through a remote device, such as a smartphone or tablet.
When using a central control, you can only add the devices that work with that system. This means that when you go shopping for smart devices, which are devices that can connect to other devices wirelessly, you need to choose those that can pair with the central control system.
App-Based Smart Systems
App-based home automation systems use the cloud. Smart home devices connect to the cloud through a wireless internet connection. The homeowner can then connect to the server the device is connected to through an app on their smartphone.
The apps allow homeowners to create a personal account for the control of a specific device. This system works whenever the smart home device connects to the internet.
There are some app-based systems that connect devices through Bluetooth. These connections only work when you’re in the vicinity of the devices to create a Bluetooth connection. The former can work even when you’re away at work or on vacation.
Smart Home Devices
You automate almost every aspect of your home and every room in it. Some of the most common smart devices include smart speakers, smart thermostats, smart TVs, smart lights, smart plugs, robot vacuums and smart doorbells.
In the kitchen, you will have smart appliances, such as refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, laundry machines, dishes, coffee pots, trash cans, dash buttons, slow cookers and much more. You can even enhance your bathroom with smart toilets, showers, privacy windows and enhanced vanities.
Most homes have smart security and smart thermostats. Smart thermostats allow you to set your temperature remotely to save on energy. Smart home security devices are also common, starting with sensors, video surveillance, alarm systems, door locks and many more.
Other devices include home nursery monitoring devices, pet care devices and medical care devices. You can control the devices through an app or a central control system.
The Safety of Smart Home Technology
When you connect devices, you give companies a chance to collect more data on you. In most cases, the companies will use the collected data to serve you better.
As long as you do not have a problem with a machine tracking your shopping habits and the things you search online, enjoy the convenience of a connected home. However, you need to stay safe from cyber-criminals through simple tasks, such as setting a more secure password and password encryption, which a home automation expert can help you with.
When the power is out, your home automation system will also be out. If you have a backup power source, a home automation professional can help you set it up so that the system is never down.
At Millers Central Air, Inc., we offer home automation, indoor air quality, HVAC, home insulation and geothermal services, among others. Call our professionals for a free quote or get answers to any questions you may have.
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