The Future of Smart Homes Is Functional Feature Integration
The concept of a “smart home” is steadily becoming a norm in daily living with the market introduction of smart plugs that can connect internet-enabled home appliances and gadgets alike. Once the devices are connected through a frequency operating under your home broadband Wi-Fi, the home owner can remotely access and operate these internet connected devices even when the person is away from the house.
Smart home technology is making strides in making it easier for homes to adapt and quickly realise the benefits of home automation. With an emerging steep market and a competitive industry being molded with the home automation platform, companies and tech providers are now keen to introduce better products within the near future.
According to the Internet of Things (IoT) analysts, the future of the smart home will evolve from its commercial “plug and play” setting into an “integrated” feature where smart home technology will be a standard feature for new homes built in the future.
When it comes to the smart home system integration mechanic, several platforms derived from smart plugs are already making a market entry and they will shape the functional features of every smart home very soon:
Full Home Automation
In order to get started with smart homes, homeowners can purchase a smart hub with their embedded feature called a smart home virtual assistant. The smart home hub is a quick starter kit in transforming your home into automation. Companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple and are set to introduce smart hubs with home assistants that will help homeowners manage their security, lighting, climate, water, networked appliances and entertainment systems. With a smart home virtual assistant, homeowners can monitor the connection status and configure each end device remotely.
Energy Efficiency with Automation
Automation is not only gearing up smart homes for convenience, but also towards a model of energy efficiency through automated monitoring embedded into new sources such as the existing home battery and solar batteries. With automation in place and the strategic application of functional energy incorporated into the home, homeowners can decide which part of the house can be powered by solar, home battery or electricity. In connecting the energy sources in an automated — smart home energy management system, homes will be able to adjust heating and turn off connected lights, appliances, water without human assistance. This makes for a very efficient home as the home can monitor its energy consumption by itself and make informed decisions with the guidance of the homeowner in making adjustments to reach a level of energy efficiency.
Every home has a window designed out of their aesthetics, but in the near future, windows will also become smarter with the science of energy conversion and monitoring applied in the manufacturing of the glass material. The concept of smart technology windows will make it easier and more efficient to retain heat and therefore, improve the insulation capabilities of the home. With an embedded sensor, smart home windows can help monitor the weather conditions outside and pass on that data to the centralized home energy management system in order for the platform to make its own adjustments with the thermostat.
Hybrid Car Friendly Garages
Major car manufacturers have already rolled out the environmentally friendly hybrid cars that are powered by clean energy sources ranging from hybrid batteries and hydrogen engines. With the growth of the hybrid car industry, homes and their garage must restructure to accommodate the waves of hybrid vehicles making their way to the homeowner’s driveways. This means that garages in the future must have space to place the charging ports that come with the purchase hybrid cars. Such setup will impact the electrical setup of how we build houses.
One would be surprised that the functional concepts of the smart home already exist today, but as smart homes gain more traction in the concept of adoption, expect the emergence of smart home builders that engineer automated homes right from the start.
This article first appeared in carbonTRACK