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SMART HOME: TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAKE THE HOME INTELLIGENT

Connected thermostats, load management, smart speakers and household appliances are some of the technologies that transform the home into a Smart Home


The expression Smart Home is an English expression which has now become an integral part of our everyday language, replacing the word “domotics”, from which the smart home can be seen as the natural evolution. This further development has its roots in the so-called Internet of Things or IoT.

The smart technologies that have started to appear in homes are, in fact, true connected objects that, via Wi-Fi, exploit the domestic internet network and specific apps, offering a series of “smart” functions to devices that are frequently used in everyday life: from thermostats to simple light bulbs.

Ordinary devices thus acquire greater functionality, providing users with previously unthinkable advantages that improve the liveability of their homes.
 

CONNECTED DEVICES FOR THE SMART HOME

The IoT for the home takes in many aspects of domestic life, delivering benefits that range from comfort to energy savings. The range of devices available for the smart home includes:

●      devices for managing comfort and energy consumption;

●      lighting systems

●      security systems, including smart locks, video entry systems and video surveillance systems;

●      automations

●      appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, microwave ovens and even automatic lawnmowers.

Many of these devices can be managed not just by means of specific apps but also through voice commands (link https://www.gewiss.com/it/it/news/smart-home--la-casa-si-gestisce-con-i-comandi-vocali- ) sent through smart speakers, such as Google Home and Alexa, real digital assistants based on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

But what benefits can be derived from technologies that make the home smart? Let's look at the most important ones.
 

CONTROLLING ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION

Saving energy is more than just about cutting the cost of the bill and has a positive impact on the household budget. When considering its environmental implications, keeping electricity consumption in check is something we should all aspire to. Saving energy allows us to contribute to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, with positive consequences in the battle against global warming, one of the most pressing emergencies of our time.
 

DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS, DIFFERENT TEMPERATURES

Temperature fluctuations and humidity are amongst the number one enemies of home comfort. Thanks to smart home technologies and connected thermostats, it is possible to effectively intervene in these factors that compromise the degree of perceived well-being in the home. Along with other functions, connected thermostats not only regulate the temperature in the various home environments but also control humidity levels.

The most innovative models are designed to adapt to the rhythm of people’s lives, adjusting the temperature in different rooms of the house automatically. Temperatures are therefore raised or lowered depending on where you are.

The aim is twofold. On the one hand, it creates an ideal microclimate in the various domestic environments, ensuring optimum comfort for everyone living in the house. On the other, it keeps energy consumption under control (https://www.gewiss.com/it/it/news/smart-home--consapevolezza-e-importanza-dei-consumi-energetici), avoiding unnecessary waste.
 

LIGHTING MANAGEMENT

Lighting is undoubtedly one of those areas where smart home technologies find their most efficient applications. Automated bulbs, for indoor and outdoor use. LED systems that switch on and off remotely or via voice commands. Functionalities that allow make it possible to change the intensity or colour of the light, in order to create a specific atmosphere on any occasion. And, the icing on the cake, electricity consumption can be constantly monitored. These are some of the most attractive advantages offered by smart technologies for the management of domestic lighting. All of this, once again, benefits living comfort and promotes a more conscientious use of electricity.
 

MANAGING HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

The various functions that a home user can enjoy thanks to smart home technologies include automatic systems such as electric roller shutters, which can even be connected to the Wi-Fi network so that they can be managed by Alexa or Google Home through voice commands. All it takes are a few simple instructions or a couple of taps on your smartphone to close all the roller shutters at once, or to raise or lower them while you are comfortably in bed or on the sofa, or to operate them remotely regardless of where you are, or to open or close them automatically at a given time.

 

SECURITY SYSTEMS

Security is an issue close to the heart of any individual who wants to feel protected, both while inside and when away from home. Smart home technologies can provide various solutions for achieving this goal. There are alarm systems that are accessible via mobile, making a complete check on your home possible from anywhere in the world.

Sophisticated sensor systems also help to prevent flooding or fires. Wi-Fi flood prevention devices are an easily installed solution that provides a simple notification as soon as water reaches the sensor.

A similar function is performed by smart smoke detectors. Apart from sounding an alarm, they alert you to any emergencies by sending real-time notifications directly to your smartphone as soon as smoke is detected in your home. Finally, for safety in the home, there are Wi-Fi gas leak detectors available with optical-acoustic signalling and push notifications sent to the dedicated app for mobile devices.

 

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Here too, smart home technologies can automatically monitor and improve indoor air quality, reducing the presence of odours and pollutants.

For example, the market offers special extractors that constantly measure the air quality, temperature and humidity, and automatically recycle the air so there is no need to open windows, avoiding loss of cooling or of heat.

If adopted, the continually evolving technologies that make the home smart can make the home a real haven of well-being and safety. 

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