Smart home technologies and IoT (internet of things) technologies are becoming more affordable and common in modern homes and properties.
Current smart technologies have revolutionised the way we live, presenting the opportunity to streamline, simplify and control our lives from remote smart devices, like smartphones. So what is smart technology, and what do smart home systems offer homeowners and residents? Read on to learn more.
Smart home systems explained
What does it mean to have a smart home? The current wave of smart technology began with the meteoric rise of smart devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops and smart TVs.
These led to IoT (internet of things) technologies that have allowed smart technology to be incorporated into many of our everyday home utilities, including items such as:
- Robot vacuums
- Washers and dryers
- Air conditioners
- Security systems
- Lighting systems
- Audio systems
- Doorbells and intercoms
- Water temperature controls
- Pool system thermostats and controls
- Ovens and more
IoT and smart devices incorporate connectivity technology that allows your home systems and utilities to interface together, sharing information that can help to streamline your life.
You can access any smart technology or IoT device remotely through the internet via apps on remote devices like PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets, giving unprecedented control over your home functions.
Many of these devices incorporate AI (artificial intelligence) systems that allow these smart devices to act intuitively, either independently or together in synchronicity.
These technologies can also provide other benefits like energy, gas and water conservation and improved home or property security. It seems that there is no slowing down the smart technology juggernaut, and it is set to significantly change the way we go about our lives in the foreseeable future.
The benefits of smart home integration
Smart home systems can provide you with unprecedented control over your home technologies and utilities, providing you with 24/7 remote access and control of your IoT devices and technologies.
Smart security and access control
The development of smart technology and improved internet speeds have revolutionised the security technology industry.
The new wave of integrated smart security technology allows 24/7 remote access, control and viewing of accurate, reliable and user-friendly HD cameras, motion detection devices and alarms from your encrypted smartphone or smart device.
Many smart security systems also interface with fair safety systems, giving you notifications if an emergency occurs.
Your smart security system can also integrate with your external motion sensor security lighting, doorbells and intercoms. This allows you to communicate with visitors and delivery drivers in real-time while also operating access control (door locks) to enable access for occupants, visitors or delivery providers.
Smart kitchen appliances are becoming more popular as manufacturers find new ways to advance IoT devices.
Smart refrigerators can send a range of data to your smartphone or device, such as food inventory, digital shopping lists, and temperatures. Some even utilise LED touch screens that can calculate dietary information or search for recipes online.
Smart ovens and cooktops can prompt notifications such as timers and warnings directly to your smartphone or smart TV, as can smart toasters and food processors, allowing you to walk away without the risk of spoiling food or creating fire hazards.
Smart home utilities
Many of your primary home utilities can now be fitted or pre-installed with smart technology capabilities that provide you with remote access and control.
Smart air conditioning
Australia is a country of extreme weather changes year-round, making air conditioning a primary utility rather than a luxury.
Heating and cooling your home is expensive, with Australia having some of the highest energy bills in the world. It is common for Australian households to run their air conditioning all day to avoid coming home to a boiling hot or freezing cold home at the peak of the hot and cold seasons.
Smart air conditioning allows you to monitor your home’s temperature and access air conditioning controls via a smartphone or smart device app. This allows you to manage your air conditioning on your commute, saving you significantly on your annual energy bills and reducing your carbon footprint.
Another common energy waster is your home lighting system. Depending on the types of globes installed in your home, leaving lights on unnecessarily can contribute significantly to your annual power expenditure.
New wave smart lighting gives you the ability to control and monitor your lighting from your smart home systems app. Not only can smart lighting be triggered by your smartphone app, but many smart lighting systems also give you the ability to control dimmers and even lighting colour schemes.
Smart sound systems
Some of the world’s leading sound experts, like Dali, have fully embraced intelligent wireless technology, allowing you to integrate high-definition sound throughout your smart home.
These smart sound systems can be controlled via an app or triggered via a voice command system, including volume controls for cinema and music systems.
Smart voice command
There are many smart voice command systems that you may already be familiar with. These systems give you the ability to trigger voice commands that can control integrated parts of your home utilities, like your thermostat, lighting, kitchen utilities, wireless sound systems, and even access the internet.
The best smart home systems in 2022
There are many manufacturers of smart home systems on the global market, some reputable and some not so much.
When choosing the right smart home system for your home, it is vital to ensure that it will be reliable, safe and robust, especially when selecting high-end, hardwired smart home systems.
It is also essential to choose a reputable smart home company to integrate your smart home system into your property, ensuring you receive the right advice, service and support post-installation. The expert integrators at SmartHomeWorks integrate some of the best smart home systems on the current market.
Our experienced, passionate and knowledgeable technicians suggest using the following smart home systems for your integration:
Contact one of our expert smart home consultants today if you want to integrate a smart home system into your Sydney residence!