After reading the title, you must have been wondering what a smart home is and how is it different from any ordinary home. Smart homes are homes where you can perform various tasks with just one touch of your finger. You know how smart phones are more than just a phone, in the case that they provide you with more features and services than a normal phone and even senses some of your actions to perform tasks. Interior of smart homes are designed to operate in a similar way. They are more than ordinary homes in the kind of services they provide the residents. There are also things a smart home can do on its own by analyzing activities of humans and surroundings.
The brains of any automated system are microprocessors. Microprocessors are processors that incorporates all the functions of CPU (Central Processing Unit) on a single or a few ICs (Integrated circuit). It can be programmed to perform multiple tasks according to the instructions received. Microprocessors were invented in 1970 and the first automated system was designed in 1975 but it weighed a lot. Due to rapid advancements in technology, light weight, high efficiency automation systems are available.
A simple example of an automated system is an air conditioner. We can set the temperature to a desired level and the air conditioner will work accordingly maintaining the temperature throughout the duration of its usage. Your home will have at least one of the common automated systems. The truth is, you were familiar with home automation even before clicking on this article but simply didn’t realize that it was automated to suit your needs.
In a smart home concept, terms such as “Home Automation”, “Internet of Things” and “Connected Devices” are used interchangeably but they are different from one another.
Home automation is where electrical devices of a home are connected to central unit that automates them based on input.
Internet of Things (IoT), connects devices to a network, thus enabling them to communicate with each other and carry out tasks without having to input data.
Connected devices that are connected to sensors and internet and are able to assume what a user needs and perform accordingly. They are ‘intelligent’ devices that are programmed first but later learns and adapts and eventually interact with the user.
When you combine these three, you get a smart home. In the modern world, smart homes can be controlled using a phone or a laptop. Home automated devices probably seem expensive at first, but the perks that come along with it are worth the money. An actual smart home will know who you are, what you want and act accordingly without you having to tell it.
Smart homes also help you save money in a way. HVAC systems and lightings may be connected to sensors and when you leave the room, they will turn off automatically. Imagine, while you are at work, you realized that you had left the garage door open or a light on, would you prefer to leave it like that, go back to your home to turn it off, or turn it off by simply clicking on your phone?
Despite the cost, it is the services that it offers that attracts consumers to smart homes. While interior designing your home, you can include sensors and other devices for home automation without affecting the interior aesthetics. While redecorating your home, you can add acoustic ceiling tiles or acoustic panels to cover up the wirings that drags down the appearance of your interiors.