First off this is going to be an ongoing series of articles explaining the different aspects of a Smart House. In this article, I will give an overview of what makes a house smart.
It used to be you had to buy your home automation devices at specialty stores, but not anymore. They are available at your big box stores, even Lowes and Home Depot have jumped into home automation. Unfortunately, not all devices are compatible with each other. When you start this process it is best to map out what you want to accomplish.
For example, you might want to wake up in the morning and already have the coffee brewing, the TV tuned to your favorite channel, and the curtains already opened on the east side of the house to let the sun in. All of this is pretty easy, but maybe you also want the outside temperature and weather forecast displayed on your bedroom wall, you might want the water turned on and heated up for your shower. When you leave the house you will want the temperature adjusted in your house, and the doors locked. If you think about your routine around the house most of that can be automated. This is why mapping out your own plan is very important before your start.
As you can see, so far I am only talking about home automation, however, the title of this article is the Smart House. You really can’t talk about a smart house unless you understand home automation and what that means. Simply put, a house can’t be smart unless it is first automated.
So let me give you some examples of making a house smart. When you are at work and your house is empty, different methods will be used to control temperature. First, your thermostat will adjust depending on the time of the year. As the day progressed curtains would be opened or closed as the sun moved. If it’s winter the curtains would be opened facing the sun to help heat the home, and in the summer the opposite would happen. You would be able to see and control all of this from your smartphone, even when you are away. Before you arrive home the temperature would be adjusted and the curtains would open. The garage door would open as you are pulling into the driveway. The light would turn on as would your TV.