Smart Homes: How to Boost the IQ of Your Abode

article by Arya A. author

What Are Smart Homes?

Smart homes are equipped to automate nearly any process that a machine, appliance, or technology can run. Everything from lighting to heating to entertainment systems can be controlled, timed, and monitored remotely. No wonder designers are making such a big deal about the smart home concept.

What You Need to Know Before You Start

When done properly, a smart home can control your door locks, lights, HVAC system, TV, radio, computers, alarm clock, electronic blinds, and more.

  • Decide beforehand what you want to be controlled via the system. Not everyone can afford or even wants to have all devices on the system, so this is the first place to begin. Most people go for the essentials: HVAC, lighting, and security and you can always add more as you go along.
  • Choose the right home design software. Some software will have smart technologies built into their templates and image libraries so that you won’t be starting from scratch. Take advantage of smart-conscious suites like HGTV’s Ultimate Home Design. This type of software will give you full access to the electrical wiring of the home or room you’re designing, so you can lay the groundwork for your connected home properly. While many of the items you hook up to the hub will be wireless, it’s always a good idea to have some cables in place. This will avoid disturbances when Wi-Fi networks are busy.

How to Design a Smart Home

The most amazing part of all is that smart homes aren’t for the elite, the wealthy, or the select few. You can design your own house with all the convenience and time-saving capabilities that a smart home boasts even on a modest budget. Here’s how to use the latest and the best home design software to create the smart home of your dreams:

  • When selecting features to add to your home, think about what can be connected and what can’t. If you’re adding light fixtures, you can connect those LEDs to your hub for significant energy savings as the lights dim and go off when you leave the house.
  • Design your own house to have light switches and keypads in pivotal areas of the home so connectivity can be controlled effortlessly.
  • Designing the thermostat is another area for smart thinking. It’s amazing what technology of today can do, including learning your daily routine, turning on the AC before you get home to cool off the house, and shutting things down automatically when everyone has left.
  • Security is another area of your home you can incorporate into your smart design. Security cameras, timed light activation, and automatic locks keep your home safer, smarter, and a lot more fun to live in.

Now that you have the basics get yourself the best home design software for the task, and get designing. Your dream home of the future awaits!