What is a smart home?

How a smart home works and how can they add value

Our homes need to be more to us than ever before.

They are not just a set of walls and a roof to keep the rain off. Our home's role in our lives keeps evolving - they are the perfect sanctuary that you can’t wait to get back to each day and also functional and flexible spaces to cater for modern everyday demands - the homework station, the work from home space, the area for entertaining or relaxing.

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So what is a 'smart home'?

A smart home is a device or a system which 'talks' to other connected devices or appliances in the home to trigger a particular event or action, or monitor a particular parameter (such as temperature/humidity). These devices are controlled using a wireless network (Bluetooth or Wi-Fi). Some smart devices run on power and others are battery operated.

Smart homes can now drop the blinds, check for water leaks, automatically adjust lighting or heating and even open and close our garage door – just the tip of the iceberg in an exciting wave of capabilities and imagining all the possibilities.

We’re effectively communicating to our home our rhythms and how we like to live, so things happen automatically or at our fingertips to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.

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Creating a smart home

So now you’ve recognised the advantages and are looking forward to some added security, comfort and convenience – how do you see it in action or make your home smart?

PDL home automation showrooms let you get hands-on with every level of home automation. You’ll be able to go through your specific requirements and try out all the different technology to help you decide which smart home automation solution is a good fit for you and does what you want it to do.

If you can’t make it to the PDL showroom, you can book a free digital consultation with a PDL specialist or talk to a registered electrician who can discuss what you’d like your home to do, and advise on the best approach, and the expected costs.

An electrician will also be able to install the smart devices and can make sure you get the perfect setup for the unique needs of your home and your lifestyle.