As technology continues to develop and shape today’s world, it comes as no surprise that many of us are investing in devices to install within our homes to aid our everyday life.
According to recent studies from The Eco Experts, there are now over 2 million smart homes across the UK.
In this article, we explore exactly what a smart home is and what changes you can make to transform your household into one in 2022.
What is a smart home?
In a nutshell, a smart home is any house that is controlled by a central hub. This hub could be a speaker or an app that allows you to control different aspects of your home life remotely, via your mobile phone. Some devices, such as Alexa speakers, don’t even require this and are activated by simple voice recognition. According to the latest reports from YouGov, around 8% of UK homes feature a minimum of 2 smart devices within them.
What are the benefits of having a smart home?
The main advantage of having smart devices within your home is that it makes day to day life more convenient for you – while saving you money in the process. Let’s say for example you forget to turn the lights off when you leave to go to work, with the click of a button you can switch them off remotely using your smartphone instead. Perhaps you decide to go out for the evening after work? With smart devices, you can control your heating from your phone to ensure you aren’t wasting electricity while you won’t be home to benefit from it. These small changes can lead to big savings. They help to keep your bills down so that you’re only paying for what you’re using.
How to turn your house into a smart home
There are several ways to turn your house into a smart home. Firstly, decide what features you’d like your home to give you so that you know what products to invest in. This could be a voice-controlled speaker that you can ask to set reminders for you, an interactive refrigerator that can remind you when you’re low on groceries and order them for home delivery, a remote heating app such as Hive that allows you to control your heating settings from any location. There are endless products out there for you to take advantage of. Once you’ve decided, be sure to enlist the help of a professional electrician who will have the correct equipment, such as electrical testing tools, to ensure a smooth and safe installation process.