Being Smart Means Living “SMART”


Everybody knows being smart can take a person a long way. But when it comes to homes, “smart” now takes a different meaning. A smart building or a smart home is one that is equipped with a special and centralized wiring that allows the homeowner to control or access different electronic devices. Control can be done remotely. This is important especially when it comes to home security.

It’s a different world we’re living in. People are now bolder and have the ability to strike at your home anytime—even during daytime… or especially during daytime when homeowners are expected to be at work. This is why it is increasingly becoming important for people to live “smart.” Installing smart security is no longer a necessity attributed only to the rich and famous. It is now a necessity for everybody.

Home automation systems allows a homeowner to control what’s going on at home through a gadget or tablet. The most basic electronics included in home automation are lighting, HVAC or heating, ventilation and air conditioning, appliances and security system. Technically everything that uses electricity can be in the system and controlled by you through what is known as a “gateway.” This way, you will still be in control of your home even when you’re not actually at home.

To put it simply, a smart home has become dependent on the Internet of Things. This refers to people’s increased reliability on machine-to-machine communication. The Internet of Things is getting so bit that it can either create the biggest opportunity for people, or become its greatest downfall. But taking note of the positive aspect, the benefits of a living in a smart home seems to outweigh the negative impact. How many times have we ever obsessed about whether we were able to turn off the coffee machine or the air conditioning unit? Far too many times than we would actually like. That’s exactly why home automation is becoming an important trend in society.

Since it is becoming a trend, it is important that homeowners are smart enough to know the appropriate gadgets to buy for home automation. As The Guardian noted: “Networked devices for your smart home are the modern way to manage your life, but the rush to sell shoddy smart products risks compromising security.” This is the law of supply and demand at its best. Since there is a demand for a smart home, which entails the need for smart gadgets, enterprising individuals and companies are selling various gadgets that could help meet the demand.

“There’s a lot to be said for a properly networked world. It could be safer, greener, more efficient and more productive than the one we currently inhabit. But in order for that to emerge, the system has to be designed in the way that the internet was designed in the 1970s – by engineers who know what they’re doing, setting the protocols and technical standards that will bring some kind of order and security into the chaos of a technological stampede,” The Guardian reported.

So you see, it is not enough that we have ticked the boxes on how to make a smart home. We have to be smart about the choices that we make—the gadgets that we use, the system that we should install, and the overall mechanism of controlling it. After all, what is needed is a home that has convenience, comfort, safety and security.