How to make your house a smart home

How to make your house a smart home

Smart technology has become so popular that it’s part of the furniture in many households. In Spain, the number of smart homes is expected to reach 3.8 million in 2025.

To truly integrate home automation into your daily life, a little planning is needed. Today, we’re looking at why and how to make your house a smart home.

What is home automation?

Home automation used to be a sci-fi-like idea; something for the world’s most wealthy at best. Today, a constant stream of smart devices is making the technology more accessible. So, why is it so popular?

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The aim of home automation is to make your home feel exactly how you want it, with as little input from you as possible. This might mean turning a set of lights on via voice command to create a cosy atmosphere after a long day at work. Or, you might have security cameras that automatically record when you’re not at home.

Whatever you choose to install, a smart home can bring extra security and comfort in a simple way.

Installing smart technology

How your technology is installed depends on exactly what you’re looking for. It may be possible to install smart devices into your home with minimal electrical or renovation work. Usually, you will need a strong Wi-Fi connection for this type of home automation, however there may be solutions that can work for you if this is an issue.

Other types of home automation systems may require retrofitting or adding in at the design stage for new builds. This could include full home automation systems, complete with rewiring and energy efficiency improvements.

If you’re not yet sure what you need, please get in touch with our team.

Do I need a smart hub?

As the NY Times explains, it’s possible to have smart devices without having a hub. These devices control things like light switches, music streaming, and more, usually via an app or smart speaker using Bluetooth. For some people, this will be enough.

However, if you’re looking for more nuanced smart capabilities, a smart hub can connect your home in a more advanced way. This might give you additional options when it comes to the types of sensors and devices you can connect.

Examples of smart home technology

Kitchen appliances

A smart kitchen might include appliances that heat up and control their temperatures based on the recipe you choose, or a smart tap that knows exactly how much water you need. Perhaps there’s a smart fridge that can tell you what’s inside without opening it or informs you when something is expiring.

Thermostat and lighting

Including thermostat control in your home automation system can help keep your home at an ambient temperature, improving your comfort levels and even saving energy.

Meanwhile, lighting is another popular option. You could use a timer, sensors, app control, voice command, divide your home into zones…there are almost endless options.

Bill Gates’ smart house

If you’re looking for smart home inspiration, Bill Gates might be it. He is well known for his high-tech homes, dating as far back as 1995. Business Insider recently gave an insight into what that looks like today.

According to their article, when guests arrive, they enter their temperature and lighting preferences and are given a pin that interacts with sensors around the house, so the ambience changes as you move through the house. There are also computer screens around the house that can display your favourite paintings or photographs.

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