Smart Houses

Written by Stephanie Dula
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A smart house is any home or office in which an automation network has been installed, varying widely according to the level of technology and particular needs of the people living in it. While living in a smart house may seem like a futuristic fantasy to most of us, a few basic installations can go a long way in upgrading an existing home into a more secure and connected place. Smart houses are based on well-developed technology that provides both simplicity and reliability of operation.

Smart Homes and Safety

Smart houses have obvious benefits for elderly, handicapped, and those who may otherwise live with limited mobility. Home automation systems allow these people to live more freely and independently than has ever before been possible. By networking all the electronic devices in a home into a remote control system, homeowners are now able to activate lighting and appliances from anywhere.

This has a number of practical applications for those who frequently forget to turn off lights and lock doors. A voice recognition interface is a practical way to enable users with poor dexterity to operate all household appliances and lighting fixtures from anywhere in the home. Phones can be incorporated into home automation systems that allow users to get help via a simple command in the case of an emergency.

While smart house technology is often hardwired into new homes, there are plenty of home automation elements that can be installed in existing wiring. Everything from remote lighting controls to home theatre automation to programmable thermostat systems are available. The Internet provides a wealth of information on how to get started in making any house smarter.

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