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As technology continues to advance, home automation systems are becoming a staple in Australian households. With a range of smart home products to choose from, you can create the ultimate smart home or smart office for your convenience.
So what is a Smart Home?
A smart home contains technology that connects your devices to a specific network which can be controlled, monitored and accessed remotely. Put simply, it allows the devices in your home to talk to each other and help make your life easier. This is the main reason why smart homes are becoming so popular.
There are many smart home products now available on the market, and with their popularity increasing, these products are becoming more intelligent and convenient and are connecting with more devices like Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
How do Smart Homes work?
To create a smart home, you require three components. These three components come together to form a home automation system.
Smart Home Hardware
These are devices that have built-in internet capability.
A control device
These are devices that are used to remotely control your smart home devices.
A reliable Wi-Fi network
This is used to connect your devices so you can control them.
What to consider when purchasing
smart home products?
When choosing a home automation system, it is important to check each product to ensure they are compatible with the control devices you are using.
The three leading artificial intelligence (AI) assistants are Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple’s Siri, which can all perform tasks based on voice commands. Each AI assistant has a different range of products that they can control so you should make sure you pick the assistant most suited to your use and purchase related products for a seamless home automation system.
Smart home and office products
Officeworks has a range of the best smart home devices and smart office products to help you create a home automation system. Discover the range of smart home products below.
With the controls on your smartphone or tablet, you can adjust the lighting in your home or office depending on the time of day, weather, or personal preferences. Sensors and timers can be used to automatically detect your presence and turn the lights on or off, or gradually increase or decrease lighting intensity, in any room.
You can also use your controlling device to remotely turn lights on and off or use a timer to do it for you – perfect for when you’re travelling or running late.Shop Smart Lighting
Smart motion sensors on windows and doors can send you a notification when they sense movement. You can create rules as to who is notified or create other actions, such as setting off an alarm or turning on a light. These home alarm systems help to keep your home secure and give you peace of mind.
These motion sensors can be connected to smart home security cameras, which allows you to view live video once the motion sensors detect movement.Shop Motion Sensors
Many smart speakers have built-in voice-activated digital assistants, like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which respond to voice commands to provide news, answers, and can be used to control smart home appliances as part of your home automation system. You can use smart speakers to:
- Turn lights on and off
- Play music, audiobooks and podcasts
- Schedule alarms and reminders
- Stream shows and films on your television
- Tell you travel times or the weather
Smart plugs enable you to control appliances and lights remotely through a smartphone, iPad or smart speaker. Practical applications include turning lights on and off when you aren’t home or turning on a heater from another room.
Smart plugs can help to control your energy consumption and make your home more environmentally friendly. You can use them to monitor your energy usage and adjust your appliances accordingly.Shop Smart Plugs
Smart Smoke Alarms
Protect your home with a smart smoke alarm. These smoke alarms connect to your Wi-Fi network in your home or office and deliver alerts to your smartphone. Smart smoke alarms can also detect carbon monoxide, making it an essential item for your home.Shop Smoke Alarms
Smart Security Cameras
Smart home security camera systems allow you to monitor your home or office in real time. You can create rules to record at specific times and access the live surveillance video from your phone wirelessly and remotely. Some smart security cameras come with built-in motion sensors or sensor lights to ward off unwanted visitors as well as a two way audio system where you can hear and speak through the security camera’s speakers.Shop Security Cameras
What are the benefits of having a smart home?
The goal of home automation is to improve your home and your lifestyle by having control at your fingertips. As Smart Homes technology becomes easier to use and more affordable to all, it’s the convenience that makes the investment worthwhile to many home-owners.
Smart Homes can
save you time.
Creating a smart home allows you to automate your everyday tasks instead of doing these tasks manually. Some studies have shown that a smart home can save you up to 30 minutes a day. Instead of looking up the weather on your phone, you can ask your voice-activated speaker, like Google Home or Amazon Echo, and receive an instant reply.
Alternatively, you can program multiple devices to follow a sequence which can remove the need to complete these monotonous tasks like turning on the lights and heater as soon as you enter the front door.
Smart Homes can
save you money.
The cost of smart home products has decreased dramatically since they were first introduced, making home automation more accessible to everyone. Although there is a cost outlay, a smart home can help you live more efficiently and in turn, save you money. Smart lightbulbs and smart plugs can be controlled via your mobile phone, allowing you to remotely manage their usage. They can also be set to a timer, so it is only turned on when you really need it. Some smart plugs, like the TP-LINK Smart Wifi Plug, also allows you to monitor your energy usage so you can stay updated and make decisions regarding your usage.
Smart Homes can
make your home safer.
When it comes to home security, smart home products can provide you with peace of mind knowing that you are protecting your home from external and internal factors. Smart security cameras can be connected to smart motion sensors to film when movement has been detected around your property, allowing you to watch live video remotely from your control device. Smart doorbells remove the need for keys and monitor front door activity. Inside your home, a smart smoke alarm can send you live updates to your control device, making it easy to track what is happening in your home or business.
Smart Homes can
provide you with convenience.
Want to make your life easier? There are smart home products available that can help. Key finders and Bluetooth trackers can be attached to important everyday items that are easily misplaced, like your wallet or keys, and can be tracked using your control device, saving you time and effort.
Using voice assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon Alex allows you to ask questions and receive answers without having to use your hands - perfect when you’re in a rush or have your hands full.
You can also control multiple devices from one convenient location, be it a tablet, smartphone or smart speaker.