The government in Singapore had been mentioning about SMART HOME over the recent years and also emphasize to be a SMART nation. We also noticed that there is an increasing trend of homeowners searching for SMART Home or Home Automation in Singapore. But what actually is a SMART Home or Home Automation and do we really need it?
What is a SMART HOME?
“Smart Home” is a term to define a home that has the appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems automated and is capable of communicating with one another.
Smart Home can be controlled remotely by a time schedule from any part of the home and also remotely from any location in the world through a smartphone or internet. It provides homeowners convenience, comfort, security, and energy efficiency at all times, regardless of whether the owners are outside or at home. You need to do home automation in your home by choosing the right system that suits your needs.
WHAT IS HOME AUTOMATION?
Home Automation is the use of a computer or a smartphone to control basic home functions and features such as lighting, home appliances, and electronics either at home or remotely from any location. It can also control automatically through time scheduling such as setting the time to open the curtain, switch on the fan or air conditioner. With home automation, it will turn your home into a SMART home.
Home automation can also include door entry digital lock, security surveillance, and detector systems by monitoring your home remotely. Home automation might also include robots such as automatic vacuum cleaners or SMART robot IP Cameras. Home Automation help to make your home safe, comfortable, suits your lifestyle, and most important energy savings.
WHAT CAN HOME AUTOMATION CONTROL?
Lighting: The most popular and common use for home automation. It can be a program to turn on at a particular time or even when you open the main door after coming back home from work or trip.
Air-conditioning: You’re on your way home and it is been a hot day. With home automation, you can turn on your air conditioning unit or a couple of fans before you reach home. going just as you take off for the day. Best of all, you can also turn it off remotely in case you forgotten to switch off when you leave home.
Security: An automated security system in your home provides a far safer experience than traditional methods. With IP cameras, you can view what is happening in your home over the Internet. You will be able to monitor kids or the elderly more better. With the built-in motion sensor, it will be able to you an email or text message if it detects movement.
Home Theater System: You will be able to control your home theater system such as TV or player from your smartphone through home automation. You will also be able to program it to turn on at particular timing.
BENEFITS OF HAVING A SMART HOME
Turning a home into a SMART Home provide occupants various benefits. It is the same benefits that technology such as calculator, personal computing and the Internet have brought to us over the past years. The homeowners can control their home lightings or appliances through their smartphones or program scheduling from any part of the rooms or locations which gives them the convenience and savings of energy, money, and time.
Home Automation used to be popular only for landed property in the past due to the high installation and setup fees. However, with today’s advanced technology such as WiFi, Z-Wave, and ZigBee, home automation is now affordable for all types of homes from HDB to the condominium.
However, we personally feel that home automation is more towards lifestyle needs, and instead of a necessity, as such, you can automate your new home if you have an additional budget of around $5,000. But do remember that these technologies are tapping on your home network and also consider as electronic equipment, the possibility of downtime is still exist which might end up giving you inconvenience or security issue.
If you plan to automate your home and would like to get more advice, feel free to contact us.