What is a Smart Home?

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Smart homes promise better security, reduced costs and simpler lives. While the promise of the smart home have made the concept popular, it is not entirely understood.  This ultimately begs the question, what exactly makes a home “smart”?

A Smart Home is about Connectivity

In its most basic form, a smart home is simply a home equipped with network connected (ie. wifi, bluetooth) products or “smart devices”. These “smart” devices (ie. lighting, thermostats, security devices) as opposed to their “dumb” cousins can speak to each other over the network.  When devices can speak to each other and act in concert rather than independently it allows for home automation triggers and simultaneous control. Add these networked devices to the internet and not only can they be controlled  from anywhere in the house but remotely as well.

Essentials of a Smart Home

Does adding one smart device to a home make it a smart home? It is not so simple. A good analogy is the giant leap from ‘dumb’ cellphone to smartphone . While cellphones could call, text and even connect to the internet, smartphones added limitless potential in the form of apps to those basic functions.  In the same way a smart home has limitless potential in the form of connected devices, but must start with a basic foundation. The foundation of a smart home consist of three parts:  a smart home device, a reliable internet connection, and a controller. It is generally thought that a home must have at the very least either a smart security feature or a smart temperature feature in addition to a reliable internet connection to be considered a smart home.

Connected Home Contractors can design your smart home, source and install smart products, program your smart apps and ultimately reduce your energy costs. We also perform an internet assessment to make your internet connection more reliable and cost effective. Schedule a consultation.