The ever expanding market of technology in your home or 'smart homes' continues to grow rapidly, but what can it offer you?
Love or hate technology, it is definitely here to stay and there are many benefits that it can provide around your home. From entertainment to chores, technology and smart homes can help you save time and money while allowing you to enjoy the better things in life. The technology is also proving to be a valuable resource for the elderly and disable who may struggle with day to day tasks.
Most people have a feeling of dread when a water, gas or electricity bill arrives. Smart homes are designed to make life more comfortable. They can reduce your energy usage and not only lower your bills, but help the environment out at the same time.
The biggest advantage of smart homes is the level of control your have over everything in your home. From a connected device such as mobile or smart watch, you can turn lights on and off and adjust the brightness, set air conditioning to the desired level or even have your home warm to come home to in the winter months.
By having control from outside your home, it means you don't have to leave items on all day or can turn them off if you have forgotten too. Built in thermostats also help as equipment doesn't have to work so hard to maintain a constant temperature.
While online gaming has long been a technological area, entertainment is increasingly a major focus in the household. As homes are connected to faster internet with more data allowances than ever before, the usage is being matched through social media, live streaming of movies and television, and of course smart home usage.
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More and more appliances are being connected to the internet which only a few years ago would have sounded crazy. Equipment such as smart fridges and ovens are designed to assist those who are time poor and are changing the way we use appliances.
Again it comes back to the increasing level of access you have both inside and outside your home. From simple tasks such as putting the kettle on for when you arrive home or preheating an oven, through to voice activated controls throughout your house or ordering your groceries via your fridge, appliances are undertaking more roles than their original design entailed.
It's a chore that no-one likes to do, however help is at hand. Smart vacuums are an easy way to keep your floors clean and dust free. Unfortunately you will still have dust beforehand and also help your vacuum up and down any stairs, but otherwise it's feet up and relax while the job gets done for you.
Lawn and Garden - it isn't just inside your home that can benefit from technology, outdoors are beginning to see increased technological uses. Robot lawn mowers are every man's dream. You can input your yard layout into the mower, press start then sit back and watch the robot mow for you. Dual, high speed blades mulch the grass meaning no catchers to empty or clippings to rake up.
Watering your lawn is another task that isn't hard to do, but easy to forget. Remote sprinklers allow you to control how much you water and when. While traditional timers can be handy often they over water and can't be switched off easily if it is raining, resulting in wastage. Remote systems give you control via your mobile so you can water at different levels and times but also individual sections of your garden.
With one in four Australian houses now considered a smart home, the future is looking full of smart appliances and robots connected to your home and changing the way we interact with them.