Elements of a Smart home
A dive into the multiple elements that make up a complete smart home automation system.
Everyone knows about the four elements of nature: earth, water, air, and fire. But what about the elements of a Smart Home? Did you know that there are six elements in a Smart Home Automation System?
Continue reading to learn what they are!
A Smart Home's network is what essentially gives it life. Without a strong, reliable network, a Smart Home will not function properly or give a customer the desired results. We mention the Life element of Smart Homes first because it is the most important - it is the backbone and the framework for how everything in the Smart Home operates. While it may not be the most glamorous, networking is the most critical aspect of a Smart Home's functionality.
Security is another piece of a Smart Home's Life element. Once you have a high-functioning Smart Home backed by the network, it needs to be protected. Smart Homes can integrate endless security features like the security system, motion and glass break sensors, smart doorlocks and doorbells, cameras and monitoring systems, and garage door sensors. Together, these security features monitor your Smart Home for break ins and suspicious activity, alert you when someone is at the door or when your garage door has been left open, allows for unique codes for various people to unlock doors, and gives you the peace of mind that your Smart Home is safe.
Just like nature, Smart Homes have a water element too! This element is made up of features like smart irrigation using products like Rachio, Skydrop, and Rainbird that allow you to monitor and control your home's smart sprinkler system using your Control4 touchscreen or app on your smart phone. Imagine receiving an alert while on vacation that there is an unexpected rainstorm at your home. Most people would cringe knowing that the pre-scheduled sprinklers would go off that afternoon despite the lawn already being drenched. The Water element allows customers to remotely control their sprinkler system, benefiting both the environment and your pocketbook!
The Water element is also made of up Water Management Systems. These systems allow customers to monitor and control water usage in the home and turn off water in the event of a leak. Products like Flo by Moen, LeakSmart, Leak Defense, C&S, and FloLogic can all be integrated into your Control4 system to monitor water-related functions in the home like the toilets, showers, faucets, and pipes. With a Water Management System, there are no surprises on your water bill or catastrophes when you come home from vacation.
Air is a critical element - it allows us to breathe and therefore gives us life. Doesn't it make sense for air to be a key part of your Smart Home system as well? We think it does!
Smart thermostats like Nest, Aprilaire, ecobee, and Honeywell can all be integrated into your Control4 system and controlled dynamically and remotely. Did you know that your Smart Home system can incorporate radiant floor heating, ventilation control, and air quality monitoring as well? Imagine stepping out of the shower onto a perfectly warm tile floor in the winter months and knowing that the air you breathe as a sigh of relief is properly ventilated and clean. Air quality monitoring allows you to assess the air in your home in particles per million, giving you peace of mind that the air you are breathing is pure and free of dust, pollen, carbon dioxide, and more.
Sound is a major aspect of home automation systems, bringing music, tv, and feature film audio to the home. Speakers can be placed throughout the home to allow your favorite playlist or audio from the big game to travel throughout the home. Speakers come in all shapes and sizes - in-wall, standing, hidden drop-down, etc. Speakers can easily be integrated into the aesthetic of your home or a given room to provide the best listening experience possible. Along with speakers comes video - TVs of all shapes and sizes can be added to any room to view whatever you choose. Mirror TVs hide the technology in a formal space and projector screens are perfect for watching motion pictures in the home theatre.
Your Smart Home System can be programmed to play important alerts and notifications over the speakers throughout your home or in a specific room. For example, you can play major weather alerts throughout the home or play a message over the speakers in the garage so you don't miss phone or touchscreen notifications.
A properly-lit room makes all the difference in setting the scene for your beautiful Smart Home. This brings us to the Light element. Lighting systems can be integrated throughout your entire home, allowing you to dynamically control and adjust the lights to set the perfect mood in any room of your home for any occasion. Whats more - we can program key lighting scenes for you! For example, let us create a Goodnight Scene that turns off all the lights in your home with a single press of a button. Or create a Dining Scene that dims the lights in the dining room for comfortable, intimate dinners.
In addition to lighting scenes, natural light plays a big part in the mood of your home.. and when used intelligently, can significantly impact your electric and heating bills! We can program your smart shades to rise with the sun, allowing natural light to fill your home in the morning and reducing the need to turn on lights. We can also set your shades to automatically lower in the middle of the day to block out the harsh rays of the afternoon sun, protecting your furniture from UV rays and preventing the temperature from rising in your home.
Last but certainly not least, the Energy element is comprised of important Smart Home features that control energy-generating and cost-saving aspects of your home like solar integration, battery backup and generators, and energy monitoring systems such as Sense or eGauge.
While most people are familiar with solar energy today, many still do not know about smart batteries and backup systems like Sonnen. These systems store unused energy in your home and dynamically allocate this energy in the event of a power outage. You can also use this to monitor how and when energy is being used in your home.
Understanding the elements of a Smart Home is important so you can make the best decisions regarding what elements make sense for you and your home. While many customers may start their Smart Home experience with only a few elements, it likely makes sense to add additional elements to your automated home in the future. Talk to your salesman today to discuss what elements should be added to your Smart Home system!