It's no secret that people are living longer today than in previous times. Average life spans reach the mid-80's and many people are living well into their 90s. A common wish of this aging population is to remain in their homes, or to "age in place." Smart technology is increasingly becoming a way to make this happen.
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Do you find yourself shouting at Alexa to do several tasks when you get home? Have you forgotten you can wake up to the perfect balance of warmth, sound, and light? It’s one thing to install smart features in your home – and another to actually use them. One reward many smart homeowners aren't reaping is the comfort, safety, and time perks of setting up routines.
Today everyone seems to have figured out how important lighting is in a home. As home automation makes its way into houses, people are taking lighting one step further. They are designing “lighting scenes” for their smart systems. The result: A well-lit home that’s pre-programmed for numerous lifestyle scenarios.
“Alexa, turn on my lights!”
In today’s world, we all know about the option of using your voice to control lighting, security cameras, and electronics with smart devices. With Wi-Fi and the right smart devices, you can control your lights from anywhere.
With everyday home projects, it’s not always obvious to know when to call an electrician – and most people don’t typically think about it when considering smart home products. However, home automation technology requires wires and power, which is precisely the time to get a professional on board.
Thanks to today's cutting edge technology, smart homes are now a reality and are becoming more common. But what if you have an old house? Older homes definitely have certain charms, like cozy fireplaces and interior brick walls, stained glass windows, and beautifully detailed wood throughout the house. Are any of these classic elements lost when you add smart home features?
Getting up to turn off the lights or the air conditioner is quickly becoming outdated. Today, thanks to technology, homeowners are able to access necessary appliances and systems from standalone devices.
What is it? Alexa is a wireless speaker that provides you with a voice-controlled personal assistant. It has a "wake word" so that it knows you're talking to it. There seem to be two main options – Amazon Echo and Google Home – when we talk about utilizing this kind of device for management of your smart home.
Wondering if a so-called “smart home” is right for you? From energy efficiency to added safety, you don’t have to be a techie to appreciate the many benefits of beefing up your home’s IQ. So hold on to your smartphone – life’s about to get a whole lot easier (and a whole lot more fun).