The Benefits of Installing Smart Home Technology

Technology has been one of the driving factors in the history of humankind. We see it in all aspects of our lives, but rarely think of applying these modern principles and techniques to our own homes.

In this article we will discuss and explore some of the benefits that smart home technology can bring you, as well as go over some of the different options you have. Whether you wish to tinker with these projects yourself, or have a professional company handle it for you, our list of ideas will provide plenty of inspiration. Enjoy!

List of popular smart home improvements

Below we have listed some of the most typical technologies used in Canadian homes. The common denominator for most of these are that they are able to connect to your smartphone, allowing easy control and customization to fit your exact needs, no matter where you are.

  • Smart Thermostats
  • Smart Lighting
  • Home Security Systems
  • Smart Plugs
  • Smart Appliances
  • Smart Smoke Detectors
  • Smart Home Hubs
  • Smart Locks
  • Voice Assistants
  • Smart Blinds and Shades
  • Smart Water Management Systems
  • Smart Entertainment Systems
  • Smart Irrigations Systems
  • Smart Garage Doors
  • Smart Pet Feeders

Ease of mind

A benefit that can not be overstated is the peace of mind that you get, knowing you can always check in on your home via the cameras when away at work or holiday. With just a few clicks you can see if your pets are running rampant through the home, relaxing next to the sunny window, or perhaps even visiting the automatic pet feeder.

Depending on your upgrades, it might even be possible for you to remotely lock all doors and windows, turn off appliances via the smart plugs, or close the blinds so unwanted guests can not peek through the windows.

Better security

There is also the added benefit of increased security to consider. We already mentioned the option to lock your doors and shut your blinds, but there are many other types of smart home security upgrades you can make.

Most of us have heard of the automatic flood lights that not just turn on when motion is detected, but also notifies you on your phone. But smart home systems can also be interconnected with each other, meaning your alarm system can activate a whole sequence of events, enabling you to achieve the ultimate level of security.

A convenient home

Installing a smart home garage door opener can be an incredibly useful and convenient thing to add. It is possible to pair this with your smartphone, so that the door will automatically open as you reach your driveway, and automatically shut it again once you drive off to the store or work.

And with the invention of voice assistants, you can even just tell your home to regulate the temperature, turn off the lights on the first floor, or whatever else you wish. Without the need to actually lift a finger yourself. That is convenient!

What is required

Most of these technologies will require some electrical work and technical knowhow. If you are unsure how to install this yourself, consider contacting us at HandyForce, where our skilled personnel will always be happy to perform quality work.

We can help with installing and configuring moist smart devices, integrating them with each other, and also ensure everything is secure and updated. So feel free to contact us and learn more about our services!

Home Automation

Have you ever left your home for an extended trip, and wondered whether you forgot to turn off the lights, or locked the door?

With home automation this now becomes a worry of the past, and with a smart home you will be able to keep track of and control every device and system in your home, whether you are there or not.

In this blog post we will cover some of the various things you can achieve with home automation, and provide explanations for everything, leaving you more knowledgeable and hopefully more interested by the end. Enjoy!

What can you achieve with a smart and automated home?

From simple things, such as being able to control your lighting fixtures from your smartphone, to more complex features such as using voice activated commands with Google’s or Apple’s services, the topic of home automation is broad, and covers a lot of different techniques and equipment.

Below we have mentioned some of our favorite uses in home automation, hopefully inspiring you for your next project.

Intelligent electricity usage

With the advance of technology, it has become possible to install smart electricity meters that provide a detailed overview of your electricity, gas and water consumption. This allows you to save money on your bills and keep up to date at any time.

But some systems also offer an advanced automated lighting and heating program, where the system is able to regulate the usage automatically, lowering the heat when possible, or turning off lights by itself.

Full control over outlets

One of the most popular features in an automated home is the smart outlets. By changing your regular outlets to these newer and more efficient ones, you will be able to control everything from the tip of your fingers, by using your smartphone or other device of your choice.

This also allows you to set up more advanced programs, such as automated wake up lights, that slowly turn on as you get out of bed, or perhaps even playing your favorite radio station or soundtrack.

Upgrade your security system

Another neat feature of home automation has to do with the security possibilities. You can automate and control your alarms, floodlights and camera surveillance, all from within your smartphone, as well as set up certain protocols or procedures that are triggered by certain things.

From turning off the sprinklers when motion is detected in the backyard, to automatically getting notifications with images of the cameras, there are countless smart and unique features available in this realm.

Everything combined into one smart system

And there are many other equally interesting avenues to pursue when it comes to home automation. But perhaps the single biggest advantage is that you are able to combine all these individual features into one compact package that you can control from the same app or software, making your life easier and more convenient.

From integrating your smart light fixtures, your electronic door locks, security cameras, kitchen appliances and water heater, you can experience the comfort of living in the 21st century, and even save money on your monthly bills and expenses. Pretty smart!

At HandyForce we love turning your old home into a smart one, and we take pride in inviting you and your house into the future with us, one project at a time.

So if you are interested in our services, or wish to learn more about the possibilities, feel free to contact us for a chat at any time!