What is a Smart Home or Business?
A Smart Home or Business provides home owners or proprietors with comfort, security, energy efficiency and convenience.
“Smart Home” (a term we will henceforth also apply to businesses) is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely from any location in the home or in the world by remote, phone or internet or on a programmed time schedule.
Installation of smart products give the home and its occupants various benefits — the same benefits that technology and personal computing have brought to us over the past 30 years — convenience and savings of time, money and energy. Most homes do not have these appliances and systems built into them, therefore the most common and affordable approach is for the home owner to retrofit smart products into their own finished home.
By designing the system around one of the common smart product protocols (the means of communication between themselves), one is able to grow the system to meet future needs by adding products that use the same protocol. All of these products can be selected from various manufacturers, preventing an expensive obsolescence or non-competitive pricing.
An emerging important feature of a smart home is conservation of energy. More and more people are becoming aware of the ability to make their homes truly smart — and green — by utilizing home controllers integrated with all home sub-systems to increase savings by controlling lighting, window coverings, HVAC, irrigation and by monitoring usage. Many home controllers have built-in monitoring systems whereby they calculate and log usage by all connected devices, giving the home owner heightened awareness and the knowledge to make changes as necessary. These systems can even be accessed over the Internet from anywhere in the world so the homeowner can adjust consumption any time, anywhere.
VCS can design, install and implement whatever level of smart home or business you desire. We can integrate our security products, audio-video products and your current technology into the mix as well. Let’s take a look at your home or business and see how we can make it smarter.
Below are some examples of smart home devices VCS can provide and install for you.
With smart home control, you can control your lighting in several ways. Controllable LED bulbs, plug-in modules and controllable fixtures are all available products. Lighting can be remotely controlled directly or placed on a schedule.
With a plug-in controller, you can remotely control any appliance you can plug into an outlet. Turn your sprinkler system on and off or your lamp in the hallway when you’re on the way home on out of town, whatever you can think of.
Smart Thermostats can save you hundreds of dollars a year alone when used properly. Many brands and options are available.
An intercom system allows you to communicate with others throughout the home or office as well as whoever is at the door.
Everyone loves music. Send the music everyone wants to the rooms they want it in. Listen to audiobooks as you roam the house doing chores. A whole house audio system changes entertainment as you know it.
The technologies related to smart home products are becoming more prevalent all the time. Just as USB and wi-fi standards have made it possible for uncountable technological advances with computer-connected devices, Z-Wave and other standards are making it possible for connected devices from hot water heaters to washing machines to refrigerators to televisions and more to interconnect in your home or business to make your life easier, safer and more enjoyable. VCS is here to make it happen.