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What Makes Smart Homes Smart?

September 27, 2023 | Blog

As the future becomes the present, smart home technology has risen in popularity. From voice-controlled light bulbs to video doorbells, smart devices help make life a little more simple. However, many homeowners still don’t truly understand how this new technology works.

We’re committed to improving household comfort at Trahan’s Heating & Cooling. That’s why we want to share the features and benefits of a smart home. With a little investment and research, you can upgrade your home to be as comfortable and efficient as possible.

The Smart Home Experience

There are plenty of smart home devices that are available for purchase. However, a home is truly “smart” when all of these devices work together to create a seamless user experience. Additionally, a smart home can be controlled from anywhere with an internet connection – even when you’re miles from home!

Smart devices can usually be operated by voice, apps, or motion sensors. This provides users the opportunity to customize their experience.

For example, you can set up your smart devices so that when your alarm goes off in the morning, your lights turn on and the temperature on your thermostat goes up. These features can get rid of tedious tasks from the homeowner’s schedule to increase efficiency.

There are also smart devices that increase home safety. Smart doorbells, locks and security cameras have features like motion sensors that notify you of any unusual movement or activity in or around your home. Through apps, you can watch the live feed of this activity from anywhere with an internet connection. Some smart devices will even notify the police if crime occurs.

Popular Smart Devices

Transforming your house into a smart home requires some investment and research. You may be wondering which smart devices are even worth it, especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spend.

Before you make a purchase, consider these popular smart devices and the features they provide.

Smart Thermostats

If you’re looking for ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency, a smart thermostat is a great investment. These devices learn your family’s cooling preferences, such as what temperature you set the thermostat to when you go to bed. Smart thermostats implement these routines by automatically adjusting based on your past trends.

These thermostats also use location tracking through your phone to detect when you’re away from home. When you’re away, the thermostat will adjust to save energy and turn back on once you’re close to home. This ensures that you aren’t wasting energy and money over time.

Smart Light Bulbs

Do you ever wish you could control your lights by voice? Smart light bulbs allow you to do just that. Using a hub, such as Alexa or a HomePod, you can program your lights to change colors or turn on or off at certain times.

You can even turn off your light through an app, which means no more worrying about wasting electricity if you forget to turn the lights off at home.

Smart Plugs

With the addition of smart plugs to your home, you can control basically any appliance through voice or app. You can also program certain appliances to turn on at a certain time of day to prevent wasted electricity. All you need to do is plug the appliance into the smart plug and experiment with different functions and voice controls.

Smart Locks

Smart locks allow homeowners to leave their keys at home and control the lock through wifi or Bluetooth. Some locks can be unlocked through fingerprinting, while others are voice or remote-controlled. A popular feature of smart locks is the ability to lock or unlock the door without being physically present.

Schedule Smart Home Installation Today!

There are many more devices that you can purchase to improve the efficiency and comfort of your home. However, installing these devices can be tricky, especially for more complex devices like thermostats and security cameras. Additionally, you may not know how to program your devices to actually improve your home’s functionality.

At Trahan’s Heating & Cooling, we’re happy to help you install and program your new smart devices. We’re committed to improving the comfort of your home one smart device at a time. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a professional electrician!

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