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Smart-Home Technology
by John M. Roberts

Many homeowners are installing advanced technology for greater security, comfort, and easy living.

Smart homes have integrated technologies that can be programmed to work twenty four hours a day whether the homeowner is at home or not. The systems may include a variety of features such as security, telephones, audio, visual, lighting, and other applications that many homeowners have begun to rely on. These features may or may not be moneysaving devices, but may enhance the homeowners' lifestyle.

Smart homes are not just a fad. The technology is expected to be around for years to come and is becoming cheaper and more desirable. Some smart-home devices and appliances such as micro-wave ovens, automatic sprinkler systems, air conditioning, burglar alarms, etc. have been around for years but nowadays, they are being integrated into a broader array of amenities that can be controlled by a single remote device such as a cell phone, tablet, computer, connected to a WI-FI system.

Children are being born into a world that is already much more advanced than it was just a few years ago and is becoming more hi-tech by the day. From a very young age, children can decipher computer languages, learn to play on-line games, and operate hi-tech cell phones, tablets and other equipment that will benefit them as they grow older, enter the workforce, and become homeowners in the future.

What we think of as smart-homes today is just the beginning. Many builders are already installing smart technology in new homes and office spaces and many people who own older homes are doing the same. They know that smart homes have become a point of differentiation in the real estate market and there are many buyers who want smart home technology already installed in the homes they want to buy and may be willing to pay a little more for it.

In the past, integrated systems were very costly. The technology was new and complicated and a technician was needed to install it. It was also not user friendly. But today, with the proliferation of devices that are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, and with the use of wireless technologies via smart phones and computer applications, much of the hardware and software can be installed by the homeowner and most importantly, is user friendly.

What does this mean for homeowners? First of all, you can have many of your household appliances and devices programmed to operate at your fingertips using remote devices that can be carried in your pocket, installed in your car, or installed in your home. You can also use interactive speakers to that let you use voice commands to access your stereo, television, radio, and your computer.

Your security system can be turned on or off using your cell phone, computer, tablet, or other electronic device. You can turn on your lights, indoor and outdoor video surveillance, air conditioning unit, heater, oven, washing machine, coffee maker, irrigation systems, and other appliances while at work, in the car, or program them to turn on or off automatically.

Smart homes must have internet access in order to access smart security, entertainment and lighting systems, appliances that have programmable features, thermostats, and air quality monitors. There are also app's that learn voice commands that control heating and cooling preferences.

To be considered a smart home, their must be more than one smart feature that can enhance the lifestyle of the homeowner. Other features in a smart home include satellite and/or cable television, plug ins for electric cars, solar energy cells, micro-wave ovens, baby monitors, motion sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, intercoms, and internet access.

About The Author

This information is provided by John M. Roberts, Broker/Owner of John Roberts Realty, located in Rancho Belago, CA. He can be contacted at jrobertsrealty@yahoo.com.

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