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April 02, 2019

Smart Home Technology: The Best Way to Modernize Your Home

Smart Home Technology: The Best Way to Modernize Your Home

Smart home technology is designed to save you time, money, and energy. Today's smart home automation systems include climate control, energy management, lighting, and more — and you can control it all from a mobile device. Read on, and learn how to update your home’s features to the modern technology of a smart home.

What is a smart home?

A smart home is a home equipped with devices that can be remotely controlled by homeowners via computer, tablet, or mobile device. These Internet-connected devices can be accessed from anywhere, and help you automate your daily tasks and streamline your home’s features. In a smart home, devices can “talk” to each other to perform certain tasks. For example, when a door sensor detects motion, it can trigger the lights to turn on, as well as the thermostat to turn the heat up a couple of degrees.

Benefits of a smart home

Many smart home systems offer a variety of remote-access features. Here are just a few of the functions you can control from your smartphone or tablet:

  • Home security. Manage WiFi-enabled cameras, smart locks, and alarm systems from afar.
  • Home automation. Close your garage door, cue the music, or even keep track of your groceries with a smart refrigerator.
  • Energy management. Automatically control your thermostat, HVAC system, lights, and power outlets to reduce your energy usage.

These connected home devices are all designed to make your life easier. With a mobile app, you can remotely turn on the air conditioning in your house before you’ve even left the office. Did you forget to turn off the iron or the coffee pot again? With a smart home security system in place, you can switch it off remotely and gain some peace of mind.

The latest smart home features

Outfit your home with the latest technology. Consider incorporating any of these features as you’re building a smart home:

  • Smart thermostats. While WiFi-connected thermostats are nothing new, the latest models use machine learning to keep track of your habits and proactively adjust the controls based on your routine.
  • Smart lighting. Having the ability to control your lights remotely saves time, energy, and effort. Conveniently turn off your lights from your phone — or put them on a preprogrammed schedule, so you never have to worry about switching them on or off. Look for new features like color-changing lights and bulbs that feature smart speakers, as well.
  • Smart outlets. Turn any electrical device into a smart one by plugging into a WiFi-connected smart outlet. You’ll be able to turn it on or off remotely, as well as check to see how much energy it’s actually using.
  • Smart home security. Modern smart security systems include fire and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as WiFi-enabled cameras, motion sensors, and 24/7 access to live video footage. You can remotely arm or disarm your security system via your smartphone and receive real-time text or email alerts if the system detects any unusual activity on your property.

A professional smart home setup can save you time, effort, and energy. Xfinity Home can show you how to make your home a smart home.