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Are Smart Homes Powering the Future?

February 7, 2019

Are Smart Homes Powering the Future?




Technology is taking over the world.


Increasingly, it’s coming together with daily applications in a seamless transition.


Without fully realising the extent of it, it’s come into our lives, slowly being an integral part.


Its rise has seen improvements of leaps and bounds in our standards of living and more.


Suffice to say, it’s no wonder that many new homeowners are embracing it, toying with the idea of turning their homes into a tech geek’s haven.


Check out how we explore the pros and cons of this!




This is a definite no-brainer, because having a smart home means a snap of your fingers, and voila! You get to turn your appliances on or off easily.


When you’re in a rush to get to that meeting, or to pick up your kids, that bit of convenience means time saved and lesser things to worry about.


Bid adieu to small troubles like manually turning on or off your lights, hair curler or coffee machine.



Remote Capabilities


Forgot to turn off your air-conditioner, lights or kitchen appliances?


That’s fine, because remote capabilities allow you to gain control right in your hands.


Use your smartphone to toggle on or off so you never have to run back to your house in a frenzy to turn off that tea pot again.


If you’re in bed in the morning and the sunlight is glaring through a small opening between your curtains, fret not.


Simply grab your smartphone and lower your blinds so you can continue your journey through dreamland.





It may cost a fair bit to install all these smart home features, but you can actually control your appliances to reach maximum energy efficiency.


Therefore, over the long-term, you can look forward to saving costs.



Compatibility Issues


Just like how Android and Apple systems don’t click well with each other, different automation systems may have different networks.


Therefore, they may not be compatible with each other. One app could be needed for your air-conditioner, another for your straightening iron and more.


To combine them all in one centralised app, you may have to spend money to invest in a reliable option.





As amazing as smart homes are, it’s pointless if they don’t suit you nor your lifestyle.


For example, if you’re not that tech savvy, you’ll find it easier to just reach out for the remote controller to turn off your air-conditioning.


Or if you’re always forgetting where you put your phone, then it’ll be a hassle to keep hunting for it just to switch off your coffee pot.



Safety Concerns


Although smart homes can improve security by controlling your webcams, CCTVs or ensuring your doors are locked, they are also vulnerable to hacking.


While measures can be taken to prevent this, it doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility.


If this is a significant issue for you, you may want to rethink the extent of your home automation!


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