What Is a Smart Home?

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It was only a few years ago that the term “smart home” was a foreign concept to most people. Today, it’s a familiar term that continues to evolve as more and more components of the home that are “smart” are included. Handyman Connection understands the benefits of increased safety, security and even energy efficiency that a smart home can provide.

What a Smart Home Entails

Many of the systems in a smart home are controlled by computers. Heating and cooling systems, security systems, lighting, TVs and even small appliances like the toaster and coffee maker can now be controlled from your laptop or home computer. While this may seem confusing or even a little alarming, don’t worry – only you have control of your smart functions and the computer programs that run your smart home, which means they will only do what you tell them to do.

How to Control Your Smart Home

To make things even more convenient, your smart home can be controlled from wherever you happen to be. That means that you’re not tied to your home computer; your smart home functions have their own individual Internet addresses which can be accessed with any Internet-enabled smart device, whether you’re across the country, across town or across the room.

The Benefits of Having a Smart Home

When you have a smart home, the security of your home is greatly increased. It enables you to access your home’s wireless security cameras wherever you may be, whether you’re on vacation or just at work. Not sure if you closed the garage? No problem. Just take out your smartphone or tablet and double-check. Forget to adjust the thermostat before going on vacation? Pull out your device and take care of it. Having problems getting the kids to stop playing video games or watching TV? A smart home can take care of that too! The number of features in your home that can be connected and controlled via the Internet with a single device is increasing daily, and it won’t be long before everyone with access to a smart device will have a smart home.

Is It Worth the Cost?

As with most technology, implementing smart features can be a little pricey, but when you take a step back and consider all the areas a smart home will save you money, it’s easy to see that it’s worth the cost. For example, when you can set your security system, check security cameras and close or lock doors remotely, your home is more protected and secure. When your thermostat can track your sleeping and waking patterns and adjust the temperature accordingly, you’ll save money on your heating and cooling bills. When your lights turn themselves off automatically after a certain amount of time, you’ll lower your energy bill. The list goes on and on. The bottom line is a smart home gives you complete control over the comfort, security and energy efficiency of your home, and that’s a powerful feeling.

Get Smart Installation From the Experts

Installing smart devices in your home can be intimidating if you don’t know what you’re doing, and may require electrical handyman services from Handyman Connection. Older homeowners who aren’t as tech-savvy may require handyman services for seniors, which is no problem because here at Handyman Connection, we love to help! Just give us a call at 1-800-88-HANDY, and we’ll have you in a more modern, efficient home in no time.

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