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What Is Smart Home Technology?

What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It's not science fiction; it's the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's a key component of home automation and smart homes.

Smart Home Hubs and Controllers

Smart devices are electronic devices equipped with wireless protocols that allow them to be controlled and activated by voice command, or more commonly, through mobile app technology that can be accessed through a smartphone or tablet.

Smart Home Surveillance Cameras

Wouldn't it be great to know what's happening at home, anytime, from anywhere? It's easy to do with a smart video camera. Just take out your phone, open your app, and you have an instant view of activity inside or outside your home.

Smart Locks and Home Security Systems

While lock technology has always evolved, only recently did it become smart enough to ditch those keys altogether. Thanks to smart home security technology, we can now enjoy keyless convenience with better awareness and control of who enters our homes.

Smart Heating and Cooling

Smart temperature-control devices — such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures — are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

Smart Lighting

When we talk about a smart light bulb, we’re referring to an internet-capable LED light bulb that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely using a smart phone, tablet, or smart home automation system via an app. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have colored LEDs you can change their colors, too.

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People lead such busy lives that they should all have somewhere that is peaceful and tranquil. Your home is the obvious place.

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Winter is coming. Before it comes, it can pay to take care of some very important home improvements and maintenance responsibilities.

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Now that we have left the warm climate behind and look forward to a cozy winter season, there will be some changes happening in the outside world as well as with our own houses.

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No one wants to have a leaky or unstable roof, and as we venture into the colder months it becomes even more important for us to be able to protect our homes and make sure they are secure for the winter.

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One of the most difficult choices we have when it comes to home planning is picking out colors.

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Since the dawn of computers, people have been working to create home automation systems which can handle tasks ranging from basic actions, like turning on lights, to things which are much more complicated, like cooking entire meals.

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Making your home relaxing is something that can be achieved in numerous ways, but when you've got a place that is either in the middle of being renovated, or there is just so much junk dotted around, it can be a struggle to evoke that relaxing atmosphere.

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When configuring a smart home, it’s tempting to spend most of your time on smart devices themselves. With new releases seemingly every day and additional functionality constantly being added, a focus on exploring the options available is entirely natural.

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There are so many different aspects that go into choosing a property, it’s a wonder how anyone is able to sift through all the options and make a decision that they’ll need to live with for years to come.

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Home design trends come and go, but green living is one that needs to stay. After all, while making eco-savvy choices will help you keep up with the Joneses and home decor magazines, it also protects your health and helps to better the world around you.

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The following is a contribution from another author. If you are finding it hard to relax at night or if you know that you just can’t seem to sleep right away, then you need to know that you are not alone. The main reason why a lot of people can’t sleep at night is because they are constantly having to tidy up, or they even find that the room is just not spacious enough. Once you get everything organized, you will soon find that you sleep way better at night and this can make all the difference to your routine.

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The following is a contribution from another author. We live in such a disposable culture nowadays. For example, hospitality businesses tend to throw out any and all unused food at the end of the working day, new phones and cars can often be obsolete within a few years of being released, and people will throw things away without even giving the repair job a chance. And when disaster strikes, homes and lives can be swept away in seconds, and there’s a lot of debate over whether the materials are to blame. But none of these are sustainable practices, so now’s

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The following is a contribution from another author. What an exciting time! You’ve been handed the keys for your new residence, and you arrive at the property only to have your mood a little dampened to find stains, debris, and marks you never knew were there. You never quite realize how much cleaning your house needs until you move all of the furniture out of it. You’ll recover some great things like remotes and coins,  but also the not so great stuff like old cookies,  tea stains, and tissues. The person who sold you the house is under no obligation

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Always ready for the worst. Uncharted Supply Co kindly supplied a SEVENTY2 and other equipment for this review. As always, our opinions are our own. Being a parent makes you think different about a lot of different things. Your prioritize your budget differently, go to different places for vacation, and develop strong opinions on animated movies. It also changes the way you plan for emergencies. Although we’ve always kept a first-aid kit and maybe a flashlight in a drawer, I recently began stocking up on other supplies that could keep our family safe in the event of an emergency. Whether

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The following is a contribution from another author. Your kitchen is arguably the place in the home where everybody spends the most time. Whether you’re cooking, making a dessert, or socializing after a long week at work, there is always fun to be had in the kitchen. Transforming your kitchen from bland to bold is a lot easier than you think, as long as you know how. The following clever kitchen hacks will not only make your kitchen look sleek, stylish and sophisticated, but they will also make your home life a whole lot more practical. Grab some inspiration here

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The following is a contribution from another author. Seeing as you’ve clicked on this article, I’m going to make a fairly bold prediction in saying you have a living room that’s devoid of space. It’s too small, or at least that’s what you think! The reality is that even the smallest living rooms can be opened up and made to feel a lot bigger. All you need to do is try out some space-saving hacks to get the desired effect. Play around with your sofa placement Sofas tend to take up most of the room in a lounge area, and

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This entertainment piece is a contribution from another author. Do you need something new to watch at the minute? Ready for your next big TV binge? Well, you are in luck as 2018 has been a fantastic year for shows. Over the past few years, streaming services have really come into their own and many now even have the budgets to create their own shows. As a result, there are so many great TV shows coming onto our screens pretty much every month. So, are you ready to get sucked in to some of 2018’s best shows so far? Here’s

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The following contribution is from another author. We only have one planet. Unless we somehow learn to colonize the moon (which NASA believe is surprisingly probable and cost effective), it’s up to us to take the best care we can of this little blue marble floating through space. At present, however, we’re really not doing that good of a job. Every minute a garbage truck’s worth of landfill waste gets dumped in our oceans. We constantly pillage our rainforests for their land and resources, pump toxins into the atmosphere and accelerate ever faster to using up the finite resources we

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The following is a contribution from another author. A home isn’t just a series of rooms we sleep in… It’s far more than just that. What makes a home special is that it’s a place where we can rest, eat, feel comfortable, and most of all, have a good time. Homes are far too often bland, and lack personality. Why come home to a drib and drab setting, when you work hard and want to put your feet up in the one place on earth that you can truly make your own? You should be intent on making your home

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The following is a contribution from another author. Flipping through home magazines and scouring Pinterest can really give you an itch for wanting to switch up your home! It might be just fine as it is, but if it’s a little bland and boring you might be craving some interest and drama. Our homes are so personal, and so it’s always worth creating a space that feels like ‘you’. If yours is bland and generic with no sense of your own style or personality, here are a few ways you could liven it up. Add colour Maybe you’re renting, or

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The following is a contribution from another author. If you would like to turn your home into a natural sophisticated paradise, it is important that you focus on the quality of materials when you are renovating. Whether you are planning a party or would like to feel better in the house surrounded by nature, use the below tips on how to make the most out of the space you have. Stone Features Whether you have an old cottage with beams or a modern home, you can add stone features that will make your house look more sophisticated. Use rough stones

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The following is a contribution from another author. Nobody wants to get their home to be robbed, and yet many of us advertise our homes to thieves without knowing. Here are a few ways that you can prevent your home being a future burglary target. Don’t show off your valuables Be careful of putting your valuables on display to the world. Placing a large TV in front of a window is practically asking to get it stolen. In fact, when it comes to front facing rooms, you should be very careful of what you allow passers by to see. Hanging

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Home automation

Home automation or domotics is building automation for a home, called a smart home or smart house. ...
A home automation system will control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. ...
It may also include home security such as access control and alarm systems. ...
When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things. ...
A home automation system typically connects controlled devices to a central hub or gateway. ...
The user interface for control of the system uses either wall-mounted terminals, tablet or desktop computers, a mobile phone application, or a Web interface, that may also be accessible off-site through the Internet. ...