How Can You Create An Automated Smart Home?
Home automation and smart homes are an increasing trend and are bound to be the homes of the future. Whether you’re a complete beginner or are looking to enhance the smart features already installed in your home, we’ve outlined our smart home tips below.
What is a smart home?
A smart home is different from your typical home. It uses various smart devices to make your life that little bit easier, automating and controlling household functions through voice commands and mobile apps.
Creating a smart home can help you save time, money and hassle. Smart devices offer incredible convenience, as well as security, energy efficiency and entertainment. Their popularity has grown, especially as everyday tasks require minimal effort whilst achieving maximum reward for the homeowner.
What is an automated home?
An automated home allows the implementation of simple day-to-day tasks to be automated by smart devices, increasing functionality for the user.
Smart devices involve interconnectivity between the devices, creating a network of technology that interacts with one another. This creates the ultimate automated home hub and makes mundane tasks that little bit more exciting.
How can you create a smart home?
If you’re looking to create your very own smart home, we recommend you purchase one or two smart devices initially, before gradually building up your smart hub system.
Firstly, you will need a centralised smart hub to connect all of your devices. The most popular options include smart speakers, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home. These have voice recognition, meaning your devices will respond to various voice commands.
Getting smart devices
Once you have your initial smart hub, you will need a range of smart devices to create your smart system. These can be purchased and linked with your smart hub, connecting each of your devices seamlessly.
Similarly, you can use PCB software to create printed circuit boards to turn any device in your home into a smart device, which can be controlled remotely. This may be for the more experienced, but it’s a great way to create an automated home, turning any electrical device into a smart device.
Programming and creating automations
If you decide to create your own printed circuit board, you will need to program your own automations and commands to create your desired automated programs.
Alternatively, if you have an array of purchased smart devices, you can use your main smart hub app to program and create commands to run autonomously. For instance, you could set up a command to turn your lights or heating on and off at certain times of day; designed to suit your routine and help you save on energy bills.