How to turn an ordinary house into a smart one

Few people today have not heard about "smart" houses, with which many futurists associate the future of mankind. Individual elements of home automation are already found in the form of Internet applications for mobile devices, with the help of which you can control the life support systems of your home.

Here are some simple steps to turn your not-so-smart home into a smart one.

1. Select the basic platform for the smart home system

Devices that are not networked will only create chaos. Therefore, the first step is to choose a platform, network hub or application that will be the "brain" of the house.

SmartThings hub

2. Replace bulbs and install sensors

The smart home is based on the ability to control energy consumption, lighting and home safety. This means you need smart bulbs and other home gadgets. Also, do not forget about a set of sensors that record temperature, movement, water flow and other important parameters.

Light Bulb Cree

3. Climate control

All smart home thermostats have one goal: to create a comfortable environment and save money. And the ability to access the Internet will allow them to adjust the temperature inside the house, taking into account the weather conditions.

Nest thermostat

4. Automation

After selecting and installing all smart electronics, it must be configured correctly. In order not to open the application every time you want to change the temperature or turn on the lights in the house, automated rules or work scenarios will help you. They are set in the control system.

For example, "if motion is detected in the bedroom after 7 am, turn on the coffee maker." Or "turn off the air conditioner when opening a window in the living room." Or "turn down the heating power when no one is at home."

5. Anything you like

After all, not all smart devices are vital. Many of them just make our life easier or make us laugh. For example, an activity tracker bracelet will inform the smart home that you have gone to work or went to bed. And in combination with a stereo system, such a bundle will be able to greet you with the right melody when you come home.

Jawbone tracker

What's the bottom line?

As a result, we get an internal network of interconnected household appliances with a single database, as well as a TV connected to streaming services, and large household appliances - an oven, refrigerator, washer and dryer.

In the future, a “smart” jacuzzi or dryer will surely appear, which itself will determine the optimal operating mode in the absence of the owners and unload the dried laundry.

However, according to Nest Labs' Matt Rogers, there are things that should not be endowed with intelligence. For example, a mirror that counts gray hair and wrinkles. Or a self-shutting off toaster. It is much easier for a mother to teach her child at the age of three to turn it off when leaving home.

Well, a “smart” sofa will look like an absolute absurdity, reminding its owner that he has been sitting on it too long, since before that he had programmed it only for a short “landing”.