Think back 30 years ago to how you imagined the future would be. It’s likely the picture in your head consists of flying cars, robot maids, and appliances that manage much of your daily activities without even consulting you. Flash forward to today—although the technology we anticipated decades ago isn’t exactly what we have now, there have been many advancements that have simplified our lives.
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With the introduction of smart home technology, you now have a way to condense many different systems within your home into one main control panel. Here are some of the ways using smart home technology can make you feel like you’re living in the future.
1. Remote Access and Control Over Home Security
If you’re like most people, there’s been at least one time in your life that you’ve left your home and wondered if you remembered to lock your front door or arm your home security system. While in the past you had to turn back and manually check the doors yourself, a smart home system lets you access this information from your smartphone. Could you have ever imagined 30 years ago that you may never have to use a key to lock or unlock your doors? Now, your cell phone can do all the work for you.
2. Open and Close Your Garage Door
It’s probably likely you’ve left your garage door open by accident, just to return home at the end of a long day to wonder how long it had been open and take inventory to see if anything was stolen. With a smart home, you can receive notifications telling you your garage door was left open as soon as you leave your driveway. Looking to make a quick entrance? Start opening your garage door while you’re a block away from home, so you don’t have to waste precious moments waiting for it to go up while you sit in your driveway.
3. Manage Your Irrigation System
Gone are the days when you had to maneuver through that maze in your garage to get to your irrigation system controls. With a smart home, you can easily access your irrigation system from your smartphone or tablet. Think your system might be wasting water? Your smart home can help you reduce water usage and identify any problem areas.
4. Prepare Home for Your Arrival
After a long day at work, wouldn’t it be nice to come home to the welcoming sight of your front porch light on and the interior of your home just the right temperature? With a smart home, you can access your wireless thermostat and lighting control system with the click of a button as you’re leaving the office. Never come home to a cold or dark home again!
5. Entertainment at Your Fingertips
Think of all of the remotes you use to control your TV, DVD player, stereo, and gaming systems. Thanks to smart home technology, you can throw all of those remotes away and trade them for your cell phone or tablet. Stream movies, listen to music, play games, put on slide shows—in a smart home, control over every entertainment feature in your home is now consolidated into one location.
By Jennifer Outram