A good security system should have an easy to use keypad. Smart homes cannot be without smart home security devices. These are just a few examples.

What Else Can Your Smartphone Control Aside From Opening the Lock?

What Else Can Your Smartphone Control Aside From Opening the Lock?

 

You can use your Smartphone to open your smart lock in your smart home. However, what else can it do in your intelligent home?

What the Smartphone can do: make coffee, control the oven and the washers

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Challenges That Are Facing Smart Homes And How to Deal With Some of Them

Challenges That Are Facing Smart Homes And How to Deal With Some of Them

In spite of the benefits associated with having a smart home, there are challenges involved in it. It is therefore a question of whether the challenges can outweigh the benefits.

Challenges facing smart homes

Some of the control systems need someone who is tech savvy and can operate the systems. For some people, using a Smartphone or a computer is a nightmare, and these are some of the devices required in a connected intelligent home.

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Items and gadgets you can use to make your dumb house a smart home

Items and gadgets you can use to make your dumb house a smart home

A smart home reduces many of the life stresses such as worrying if your home is safe, turning the lights on and even washing clothes. To convert your dumb house into an intelligent home, you will need to use a number of ways. Some of them include:

Smart refrigerator

Get a refrigerator that will not only keep your food cold, but it will also check recipes from the web, have a grocery list and check weather. And yes, it is in the market. Samsung has such as refrigerator whose LCD screen is Wi-Fi enabled and will allow you to access apps.

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Ways for Saving Energy in a Smart Home to help you lower power bill

Ways for Saving Energy in a Smart Home to help you lower power bill

Smart home products ensure your life is more convenient, safer, and fun. Besides, they can also enable you to cut on your energy consumption and in the end, helps to save some money. By having such energy efficient appliances at home, you display your concern for the Mother Nature, while keeping your energy expenditures at a minimum. It would interest you to know that by investing in energy efficient equipment, appliances and lighting fixtures, you can cut a third of your current power bill.


How to save energy on various household tasks


Cooling and heating- For most of the people living in the temperate regions, almost half of their utility bill, goes to heat and cooling. To reduce the power consumed by your temperature regulators, consider switching to a programmable thermostat. With this equipment, it is possible to set varying levels of temperature, probably keep the temperature down, when nobody is in the house. Depending on the insulation, climate, and other factors, you can rest assured of saving energy and becoming a friend to your wallet.


Lighting- Experts have it that about 34% of the power bill goes to appliances and lights. Lights take 25% of the energy bill; hence, if you are bent on making a smart home, changing your lighting system, will be an intelligent move. Use motion detectors and automatic timers, to turn only the lights on when they are needed. Light dimmers, will also enable you to decrease wattage, in an effort to save energy. Replace the traditional light fixtures with compact fluorescent lamps and LED lights. Although they are a bit expensive, they compensate you by saving substantial amount of energy.

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A Smart Home Knows Just When To Blast the AC- In Order To Keep You Cool

A Smart Home Knows Just When To Blast the AC- In Order To Keep You Cool

It would not be bad, if your thermostat knew when the outdoors outpaced Hades in temperature and ensured a cool welcome, immediately you hit the front door.  This is the latest technology, which can transform your house into a smart home.  It is a new era where your AC system, monitors you and knows when you are at home or not. The appliances are Internet-connected and are designed to receive commands from the apps in your Smartphone or of your family members. The AC only blasts when it detects your presence, which saves you a substantial amount in utility bills.

Is the technology the solution to the problem of high utility bills?


Most traditional ACs runs continuously and in particular, those, which are not programmable. Hence, a thermostat that is manageable from any location is a relief to most homeowners and tenants too. The thermostat eliminates the need for, fiddling with thermostat dials and in the end reduces your energy consumption rate. It is one thing you require to acquire a smart home. The systems are Wi-Fi connected, with remote-control applications and simplified user interfaces, with large displays.  Their main strength is their ability to monitor location and blast the AC, instead of having it running for the entire day.


How does the smart AC works?

The application can tell when there is anyone home or not. It does this by sketching a virtual circle around your home, referred to as a “geofence” and only visible to your Smartphone.  Immediately, one gets into the marked realm, the app in the phone is alerted, which then sends commands to the AC system, through the Internet and soon after it blasts, in readiness for their arrival. The system can be set to detect any member of the family and act accordingly. Geofencing is not a new term, but it has been used in climate. Nevertheless, in this case, geofencing is seen as having the ability to complement unpredictable and busy lives, which runs around automated gadgets and appliances. The beauty with this technology is that, it does not make errors, as we do, when we are setting the thermostat schedules on our own.

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