The rise of smart home technologies has been incredible to watch here in the Lowcountry.
As a home security system installation company in Charleston, we’ve had a front row seat to the evolution of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) era a smart home automation. This is due to the fact that most Lowcountry homeowners get their introduction to “smart home” devices and concepts when they get their security system installed, with the security panel acting as their smart home “hub” to connect other smart devices around their homes.
Once homeowners start to leverage these smart home devices to automate & control different aspects of their lives — from keyless door locks to whole home audio/video — the ideas and possibilities for making their everyday lives easier becomes virtually endless.
With these seemingly endless smart home possibilities, however, it can be somewhat difficult to know where to start to make sure you’re getting the right smart home setup for your Lowcountry home. Getting a smart home system that’s not quite right for your home can be costly to replace, depending on the situation so you’ll want to be sure to follow these 3 simple steps below to correctly make your Lowcountry home a smart home.
You may be asking yourself, “Why start with researching local security companies to build my smart home system?”
The answer lies in the second paragraph above — home security companies were really the first “smart home integrators”. One of the most important — if not the most important — aspects of a home security systems is its ability to connect and communicate with a central monitoring station (and, in-turn, the local authorities) to send alerts when a break-in or other emergency occurs.
As you can imagine, alarm communication standards must be robust, reliable and secure.
Reliable, secure communication just so happens to be the cornerstone of any (good) smart home system as those devices must be able to connect and be accessible in order to work properly for homeowners.
So in reality, if you want to equip your home to make it the best, most reliable smart home, you’ll want to pair up with an experienced home security company near you; they’re already years ahead of everyone else in terms of smart home integration technologies.
As mentioned above, reliable communication is key for both home security systems and smart home devices, so after you’ve settled on a local alarm company have them upgrade your home security system to the newest, smart home-capable system type.
This has to be done to ensure that your smart home becomes “future-proof” — that is, equipped for any advancement in smart home technologies that may be coming at a future date.
Performing this upgrade not only ensures your system is ready to become today’s smart home, but is prepared to be a smart home for years to come.
Now that your home security system is upgraded — with a reliable home security company backing it — now comes the fun part: choosing what aspects of your life you wish to automate.
Here’s a quick list of different types of connected devices that you can now add to your “home security smart home hub”:
You’ll be able to mix-and-match these devices depending on what you’ll like to be able to control from your phone, tablet or PC. Start small, or go big; either way you’ll be building on the solid foundation that is your new home security system, so you’ll be able to get the most of out your new smart home in the Lowcountry.