What is it and do you really need it? And which gadgets do you need and which are gimmicks?
Can you imagine a home that could be completely controlled via an app on your smartphone? These days it isn’t just your computer and TV that can connect to the internet, but a whole host of household gadgets. Heating, lighting, ovens, speakers and many more are coming ‘internet ready’ so that you can control your home on the go.
It’s called the Internet of Things (IoT) and it’s leading the way towards a truly smart home.
Some that are becoming very popular are the heating controllers. These controllers are wired into your boiler and connect to the internet. You then download an app and are ready to control your heating and hot water from wherever you are. Extremely handy if you’re on holiday and forgot to turn the heating off, or when you’re on your way home from work and want hot water for a bath ready and waiting.
Other devices rising in demand are smart speakers or ‘home assistants’. These are connected to the internet and are controlled by voice commands. You can ask these speakers to complete a variety of tasks, from remembering shopping lists to streaming music, and they can also control other connected gadgets around your home.
PC Magazine has a review of some the best home automation devices that are currently available.
If you don’t know where to start, there are companies that can offer a complete solution for you, connecting your entire home to one control system. One such company is http://digitalinteriors.co.uk/project/home-automation-systems/ who can offer a variety of ways to connect your home.
Money saving too
Some of the devices available are not cheap, and some are more for fun than function, however, there are some benefits to be had. Devices that switch off unnecessary lights and control heating and temperature can save you money on your utility bills in the long run. For the same reason, these gadgets can be seen as environmentally friendly. You can also make your home safer with security devices and automatic lighting which will give you peace of mind.
Whether you choose one smart device to make life easier at home, or a completely connected house, this technology is here to stay, and it’s only getting better.