Smart Homes feature amazing new technologies that allow us to do everything more seamlessly, which is important when you’ve got a world to explore just outside your doorstep.
Here in San Diego, we understand the value that technology can bring to make our lives more convenient. Whether that’s buying the best surfboard to help you ride the waves, or the highest quality grill for all those outdoor barbecues, it’s easy to see how investing in tech can make our home life that much better.
So it’s no surprise that Smart Homes would be the next big thing here in San Diego. New Smart Home technology developments allow us to optimize our homes for luxury and practicality.
In this article, we will explore what Smart Home Technologies are capable of doing, what new developments are in process in the Smart Home realm, and how to make sure that your Smart Home runs smoothly.
Smart Home Technology: What Does it Do?
It may not surprise you to learn that smart home technology allows you to customize and streamline your life, but the extent to which everything can be controlled automatically in a Smart Home is truly amazing. Everything from your home security system to your bedside clock can be connected, automated, and controlled by your smartphone device, the push of a button, or even your voice.
Amazon’s Echo device, for instance, can allow you to turn down the lighting in your kitchen while you lounge in the jacuzzi outside, simply by saying so. The device sends a brief internet signal to your smart lightbulbs, which turns them down in response to your voice. And it can be connected to other Smart Home devices, so all the various strains of technology in your house can function just through your voice.
Other devices expand on pre-existing technologies. The Logitech Harmony Elite smart remote control, for example, works like a regular television remote control, but includes options (and buttons) to control any Bluetooth, infrared, Wi-fi, Zigby, or Z-Wave gadgets you may have in your home.
Smart Home technology also exists to allow you to control the temperature in your house- ideal for our hot and sunny California summers. The Nest Learning Thermostat connects to your Wifi devices so you can control its heating and cooling functions from your smartphone or laptop. The Ecobee Smart Thermostat, meanwhile, features advanced voice recognition components and a new user-friendly app. So you can choose whether to speak your needs, or simply press a button.
Making Sure it Works
Basically, Smart Home technology runs off of the concept that everything in your life- from your doorbell to your window shutters to your cooking appliances- can be connected to the internet and therefore controlled via smartphone or computer. You can make adjustments remotely- say, if you forgot to close a window, or lock a door, your internet-connected home can do it automatically if you give it the command. This network of interconnected devices is called the IoT system, which stands for the “Internet of Things”.
Given that all of this technology does rely on internet connectivity with your other devices, you do need fast internet speeds to ensure all of these amazing technologies will work seamlessly. Luckily, there is a range of internet providers in the San Diego area that mean we are well-positioned for optimal broadband speeds, so that all of your Smart Home utilities can function without a hitch.
So how much internet should you get? The best approach is to make sure you have around 1,000 Mbps. Devices that include a video function, such as security cameras and doorbells with cameras attached, will use slightly more Mbps than those that work without video. Lights that turn off at the clap of your hands, for example, use much fewer Mbps than video devices. You can also customize your device’s broadband usage by reducing the quality of videos in your video devices. Dropping from 1080p footage to 780p won’t seriously reduce the quality of video you are receiving, but will save you a decent amount of bandwidth speed.
As smartphone and computer technologies develop and become increasingly sophisticated and easy to use, so too are new Smart Home products being honed and developed. Companies like Amazon, Ecobee, Irobot, and Dyson are working to find better ways to cook, clean, grill, relax, exercise, and even sleep.
Some of the new innovationsfor streamlining your day-to-day routine feature some interesting high tech collaborations. Ecobee has recently partnered with Amazon to develop a smart switch. The Ecobee light switch is the first of its kind to include Amazon’s Alexa. The current edition can work much like an Echo, sharing the latest in news, weather, and sports. It can also play music and direct your additional SmartHone devices. The next version to emerge from this cool collaboration will function as a remote temperature and climate sensor that will pair with the Ecobee Smart Thermostat mentioned earlier.
Robots are on the rise. While there are already robotic vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers, there will be more robotic assistance in the coming years, with major companies developing robots that can cook, clean, and care for your elderly relatives or pets.
With climate change being such an important factor in developing power systems for the home, tech companies are taking into account ecological sustainability as they work out more sophisticated power systems. Smart sprinkler systems can detect when it is raining and power off automatically. Solar panels allow homes to become more energy-efficient and function off-grid. Even major industries like the education sector are embracing solar technology to revamp their buildings.
So What Next?
If you are interested in integrating more smart tech into your home life, even at a small scale, it is a good idea to lay the foundations in place so that your home is ready for the update. If you are working with an internet service package that won’t provide sufficient speeds for this new influx of devices, you may find yourself disappointed at the frequent slowdowns.
The best choice is to do some research. Map out which home systems you’d like to update and find a brand that works best for you. Then make sure you have a strong internet connection, with fast enough speeds to handle all your usual online activities, plus more. Factor in the extra connected devices, choose an appropriate internet subscription, and then update your home. With fast internet and the right device in place, you should be good to go.