Smart Homes: What You Need To Know

smart homes what you need to know

These days, it seems that there’s nothing technology can’t do. The funny thing is that a few years back, people thought the same thing, and yet, here we are, having made strides in technology that we never would have been able to imagine back then. Technology has come so far, in fact, that even our homes can now be controlled by it – to a certain extent. This is referred to as a “smart home”. It’s still relatively new, and people are a bit skeptical because they don’t understand it. That’s why we’re going to break it down in this post.

What Is A Smart Home?

A smart home is a home where certain appliances can be connected to a device of yours via the internet. You can then control these appliances from your phone. This means that you can make changes in the setting of a specific appliance, even if it’s in a room upstairs, and you’re in a room downstairs. As you can surely imagine, this makes life a lot easier, and there are a lot of opportunities when it comes to how you can utilize this smart home. Of course, to do this, you need internet with a decent speed.

Why Should You Consider It?

As mentioned, smart homes make life a lot more convenient. You left a light on downstairs before you got in bed? No need to get out and walk all the way downstairs, you can just switch it off from the comfort of your bed. Another benefit is the added security. If your smart appliances can be controlled from long distances, you can switch on lights at night if you’re not home, to make it seem like someone is there. Some home alarm systems are even compatible with smart homes.

What Can You Do With It?

If it feels a bit daunting to have every appliance in your home controlled by your phone, that’s okay! You don’t have to utilize every part of a smart home – take what works for you, and leave what doesn’t. If you do decide to make the most of it, there are so many possibilities for how you can use it. You can monitor the temperature in each room. You can adjust the lights so that you don’t need to struggle with dim lights. And, as mentioned, you can use it as a security and camera system.


There are a few things you need to be able to make use of a smart home system. Luckily, most of these are pretty accessible. You’ll need high-speed internet, as mentioned. You’ll also need a device that you can use to control your appliances – smartphones have some pretty amazing uses, so you can add this to the list. You’ll also need appliances that work with the smart home system. For example, a normal lightbulb may not necessarily be compatible to be controlled with the system. Finally, you need the system itself. You may need to contact a smart home company to help you set everything up.

About Brian: Brian Jackson is the founder of Shoestring Branding - a marketing and branding blog for entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on internet-based tools and strategies.