Smart home technology has innovated the way we live by making separate tasks simple, easy, and convenient. A smart home technology can enable you to control everything from the lights to major appliances to even the locks on your doors with the push of a button on your smart phone or even a simple voice command. The technology works by connecting your appliances and devices together using a wireless network system in your home that is in turn connected to the internet, enabling you to control everything from the touch of a button, even if you’re halfway around the world!
Many modern appliances are now being built with smart home technology already installed, enabling you to simply plug in the device, connect it to your system, and start controlling it immediately. This includes your heater and air conditioner, giving you options such as the ability to turn the system on and off, adjust the temperature, see energy usage statistics, and more, all from the convenience of your smart phone.
If you have a larger home with multiple zones and thermostats, coordinating them can be a hassle, especially if they’re on multiple levels. This can mean a tedious trip around your house to constantly change the thermostat. This setup may help you save money, but getting to run at peak efficiency and maintain the temperatures you desire is tougher than it might seem.
However, connecting your heater and air conditioner to your smart home enables you to precisely control the temperatures you are looking for without having to stop what you’re doing and go to the thermostat. Many modern thermostats can also give you statistics based on usage time and even learn your typical living patters, turning itself off when you leave for the day and turning on again just before you typically get home. In turn, this saves you a bundle of money by not having to worry about adjusting the thermostat before you head off to work.
Want to turn your home into a smart home? Connecting your air conditioner is actually a simple and relatively easy place to start. Here are some popular smart home platforms that many people use that add convenience and connectivity at an affordable price.
Online mega-retailer Amazon has been expanding into various industries at a blistering pace, and their foray into smart home technology began when they released Alexa, their electronic personal assistant released in November, 2014. Alexa has a number of features, including the ability to respond to voice commands issued to the popular Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices. Alexa employs what Amazon calls “Z-wave” technology to control various devices around your home, including popular smart thermostats like the ecobee and the Nest smart thermostat. The technology is fairly new, so it will be a few years yet before an abundance of device options are available, however, HVAC control has developed quickly, giving you the ability to turn on the air conditioner by simply saying “Alexa, it’s hot in here!”
In November 2016, Google entered the smart home market by releasing the Google Home, a small speaker that functions similarly to Amazon’s Alexa, only dubbed the “Google Assistant.” This device can already connect to products from Nest, Philips Hue, LightwaveRF, and Logitech to enable voice and smartphone control, and thousands more products are expected to hit the market over the course of the next few years. This device also enables smartphone control of a number of these devices through the Allo app or natively in the Google Pixel smartphone.
The Nest Learning Thermostat from Nest Labs gives users the ability to control their HVAC system from the touch of a button, whether they’re home or not. The Nest itself is exactly as its name implies: a learning thermostat, picking up on your habits and adjusting itself to turn off and on again without any input from the user in as little as a week. The Nest is also programmed to help users improve their energy efficiency by changing patterns to run less often while still maintaining desired temperatures. Nest has also since developed a smoke alarm and security camera system, enabling owners to care for their home’s security while away as well.
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