What Is Smart Home Technology?

Here at JP Carter, we’ve seen quite a bit of interest lately in “smart home” technology – but what exactly is smart home technology? Simply put, it’s the use of sensors, actuators, home networks, and the internet to enable the monitoring and control of a huge range of household appliances and systems.

These days, pretty much anything that uses electricity – from stoves to home monitoring cameras, from heating to lighting, and much more – can now be linked into networks and managed (from anywhere) to help improve the security and energy efficiency of our homes. For example, many of us here in New Hampshire take advantage of warmer climes to get a break from the winter’s ice and snow. And we need some assurance that the heat is working and the pipes aren’t at risk of freezing when the house is left for an extended period. Homeowners can now monitor temperature sensors over the internet using a smartphone or computer. These sensors can be programmed to send an alert if your home’s temperature falls to the point that freezing becomes a worry. Valves can be installed to shut off the water automatically and send an alert if leaks are detected when the house is uninhabited. For even more peace of mind, both devices can be installed and programmed to send the alerts to someone local who can fix the problem without interrupting your getaway!

Home-energy efficiencies can also be improved (and money saved) by installing remotely controllable thermostats. If you don’t always know what time you’re getting home, an internet-connected thermostat could be very useful. Using your smartphone or tablet computer, you can instruct it to turn up the heat when you leave the office instead of wasting energy (and dollars) heating an empty home.

There are many more applications of smart home technology (that are useful right now!) than we have room for in this post. Stay tuned to our blog, or give JP Carter a call directly for more information.