What is a Smart Home?

Real Estate

Everyday we are bombarded with news about technology - 3D Printing, driverless cars, solar shingles, virtual reality...and the list goes on.  The ability to manage your home and your lifestyle is no different.  We hear a lot about  Smart Home technology and how it can make our lives more comfortable and convenient.  But what exactly is a Smart Home?  CNET and Coldwell Banker have teamed up to take the lead defining exactly what makes up a Smart Home:

A home that is equipped with network-connected products (aka "smart products," connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or similar protocols) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself.

In order to be categorized as a smart home, the property must have a smart security feature that either controls access or monitors the property or a smart temperature feature, in addition to a reliable Internet connection. It must also include at least two additional features from this list:

Lighting (smart light bulbs and lighting systems)

Safety (smart fire / carbon monoxide detectors and nightlights)

Entertainment (smart TVs and TV streaming services)

Appliances (smart refrigerators and smart washer / dryers)

Heating / Cooling (smart HVAC system, smart fans or vents)

Outdoors (smart plant sensors and watering systems)

Security (smart locks, smart alarm systems or cameras)

Temperature (smart thermostats)

If you'd like to learn more about Smart Homes, including how to secure these access points against hacking, please contact me.  I am a Smart Home Certified REALTOR®.