Any home can be a smart home, whether it’s a studio apartment or a mansion. It’s the powerful connections that make it smart. Here’s what you need to know about smart homes—and how to start putting your own together, if you’re interested.
Smarthomes Are All Different
An official definition of “smart home” doesn’t exist. What started as more of a buzzword has entered common usage, but no one person or company invented smart homes, nor can they claim total dominance in the field. Smarthome technology is still in its infancy. Even among those who have adopted it, one smart home can look very different from another. Differences include which smart devices are in the home and even how many of these devices are present.
At its very core, a smart home is probably best defined as a living area with connected technology meant to enhance the home. This could include smart thermostats, smart lights, smart plugs or outlets, smart doorbells, and locks, or voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa. It could be any combination of the above, all of the above, or by other smart devices entirely.
What a smart home is for you depends on what you want to get out of it. And figuring that out requires knowing what the different smart devices do, what the possibilities are, and how much you want to spend.