Many things are branded as smart this or that these days, so what exactly is a smart home? Is a smart home the same as a connected home? Does it have anything to do with home automation? Keep reading for answers to these questions.
What is a smart home?
Let’s keep this simple and define a smart home as a home that has one or more smart devices. Smart devices came to life as part of the concept of the Internet Of Things (IoT). They are usually a device that you can control with your smartphone or computer. Some examples could be a thermostat, lighting, sound system or security system. It is also safe to say that a smart and connected are synonyms in this context.
What is home automation?
Home automation is the predecessor of the smart home, although the terms are used interchangeably today. It started in 1975 with the creation of a protocol called X10 and is still in use today. It never did have near the popularity of the smart homes of today.
Why should I care?
- You can save energy, and money, by using smart thermostats.
- Some devices can monitor air quality and alert you to a problem before it becomes a health issue.
- Water leak detection can save you from all the problems that would stem from a leak that goes undetected for any amount of time.
- You could have more security. A smart doorbell could alert you who is coming to your door, whether you are at home or not. Lights can be adjusted realistically to make it look like you are home. Video cameras can let you see what is going on while you are away.
- Routine tasks, such as buying groceries or vacuuming, can be easier or more fun.
- Finally, it’s fun. Smart speakers like the Google Home are always a big hit.