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The Future is here: Smart Home Systems

When it comes to technology that allows you to manage your home more effectively, make no mistake...the future is here.

The fastest growing trend in home electronics is the collection of web-enabled devices that allow you to control your home's heating and cooling, lighting, security systems, and door-locks in a more sustainable and effective way.   These devices can be managed through any web-enabled device, they can be customized to your liking, and can be set up to run on their own, learning from your habits to create optimum conditions.  These products are meant to make life easier, cut down on energy consumption and costs, and increase quality of life.

Now granted, most of these products and technologies have been around for more than a decade, mostly contained in homes in Malibu or the Hamptons.  A smart home system would usually require about a week's time to install and about a year's salary(for most of us) to get the system up and running.  Conversely, today you can get an effective smart home system for under a thousand dollars! Ready to streamline installation?

 

What's a smart home system?

Moving forward, you're going to hear the terms "home automation" , " connected home", and "smart home systems" more and more each day.  In it's most basic definition, a smart home system allows you to manage your home from your hand.  It means managing any home electronic device from any of your web-enabled mobile devices.

What can I control with my web-enabled devices?

You can control and manage your security system, your thermostats, door-locks, any lighting source, security cameras, garage doors.  You can also tie in and control pool filters, water valves, and anything plugged into an outlet.

What do you mean by "control" and "manage"?

 What "control" really means is being able to enter into one app and be able to arm or disarm your security system, raise your thermostats, turn on or off an exterior or interior light, unlock your front door for a friend, or review footage of one of your cameras right from your phone.

The management side of the app allows you to receive email notifications every time any of these devices are interacted with.  You can get an email notification anytime your housekeeper comes into your home or even a video alert when your kids get off the bus.    If you tell your teenage son not to lower the thermostat below 70 degrees, now you'll actually know!  Better yet, you can hop right on your phone to change it back.

What else can you do with the smart home systems?

You can create schedules and sequences so interacting with one device can start a chain of events.  For instance, let's say you are coming home from work.  When you are in your driveway, you can disarm your security system right from your phone.  Once the security system is disarmed, the system can tell the lights to turn on and have the thermostats set to a more comfortable temperature.  Conversely, if you are leaving the home, you can have all the lights turn off and the thermostats turned to a more economical temperature.

What's the future of this technology?

As an authorized Honeywell dealer, Knight Security Systems is provided a fast track to some of the newest and greatest trends that will eventually end up in your Westchester home.  The future holds some cool stuff!  Within ten years, all of your home electronics devices will be connected and thus will be able to speak to each other.  They will be able to learn your habits on their own.  Your refrigerator will know your eating habits and your TV will know what you like to watch when getting home from work.  The technology will be easy to interact with, giving you more control on how your home works and how you can better optimize all your devices.

 

If you have any questions on smart home systems or would like to add some of these devices to your home in New York or Connecticut, please feel free to give Knight Security Systems a call at 914.232.0003 or fill out our contact form in minutes.

 

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