Smart Homes in the Modern Day
Have you ever gotten into your car after locking up carefully and been suddenly hit with the dreaded uncertainty of whether or not you remembered to turn the stove off properly? And then you’ve had to make the irritating trip back into your home when you’re already running late, only to see that of course, you had actually turned it off. But you couldn’t be sure if you hadn’t gone and checked, and it would’ve nagged at you all day. Well actually, now you can. Welcome to smart home technology of the modern day.
With a few quick taps on your phone, your worry is taken care of, all from within your car. And that’s far from the best feature of a smart home. You can set up cameras to monitor things around the house, while also keeping you safe from intruders. Any suspicious activity and a call will automatically be placed on local law enforcement, and they can be on the scene faster than was ever possible before.
How Far Smart Home Technology Has Come
Back in the day, even a rudimentary porch light timer was considered enough to classify a property as a smart home. The technology has progressed leaps and bounds since then. Nowadays smart homes can do everything from maintaining a different temperature in every room of your house to ordering your groceries for you. All the menial tasks you can think of, someone has created an app, patch or upgrade to have it automated by your home. Gone are the days when you pour your cereal only to realize you’re out of milk, or when you have to bundle up because someone else in the house has turned down the thermostat really low. Security First is here to provide you with all your smart home needs. Although we focus on security, our smart home technology comes with the whole package.
CMO of a major real estate agency, Sean Blankenship has said that a sizeable portion of their agents believed that smart homes sold much faster than their technologically slower counterparts. This was also reflected in their reports. He further called out the industry for using the term too loosely to sell more houses and stated that a universally agreed upon definition should be established for the benefit of the everyday consumer. We here at Security First agree with that sentiment. After all, an automated porch light just won’t cut it anymore.
What Makes a Smart Home?
Creating a standard definition for a smart home sparked considerable debate in the industry. In the end, the definition that was eventually established was made by Coldwell Banker and CNET. It makes sense that it was born of a partnership made up of a real estate agency formed out of Silicon Valley and a renowned technological review website. It was settled on after Coldwell Banker conducted a survey that revealed more than a quarter of consumers owned some form of a smart home device and that an astonishing nearly half of the 18 to 34 age group had all the bells and whistles already.
The definition in part stated that to be a smart home the property needed to be furnished with networked or “smart products” that provided functionality that could be controlled either remotely or from within the house using an independent system. They further clarified that a smart home must have at least one smart security feature and also a secure internet connection, of course. Another requirement was having at least two of several smart security options, from cameras, sensors, alarms, etc. Security First has been quick to comply with this definition and provided hundreds of happy customers with their smart homes for years now. Contact us for a free quote today.