Smart home or home automation refers to a home with several interlinking devices that enable the residents to make easy and efficient household decisions. This allows the residents to monitor and control the home in a simple and productive manner. A smart home may have the ability to control certain aspects of the home, such as refrigerator, washing machine, lighting, music and entertainment, security and surveillance, and so on. While all of these would have seemed right out of a science fiction movie a couple of years ago, smart homes are now the future of domestic housekeeping; as they offer intelligent feedback and reliability.

The Need for Smart Homes

Managing a home whether for a single resident or for a family is quite a herculean task when we take into account all the chores one normally has to do. Filling in these gaps, smart homes make life easier and convenient for the residents by connecting all the devices in the home to work seamlessly. Smart homes can also control light, notify the resident on the information of food available inside the refrigerator, record TV shows, control music and entertainment in every room, send alerts regarding security and even remind the right amount of temperature needed for good sleep. Nowadays smart homes have evolved to even monitor plants and pets in our homes. The philosophy behind the rise of smart home is to save our precious time, and make optimal use of energy and technology in order to aid us in living a comfortable life.

Integration with the Internet

Integrating smart homes with the internet has opened up limitless possibilities. Now one can control all the devices and automation in the home by using a mobile phone or a computer using the internet which are interlinked to the smart home. This is very helpful in case of remote monitoring wherein the resident can monitor the home from anywhere in the world by using the internet.