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SMART HOME: EVERYDAY CONVENIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH SMART SOLUTIONS

More and more homes worldwide are being transformed into smart homes. In 2020, 3.3 million Dutch households had one or more smart home products and this number is increasing every year. The reason for this is the large number of advantages that smart living brings. But how do you start a smart home? And which smart devices are the most useful? We will explain it to you!

What you read on this page:

  1. Smart home: what is it?
  2. What are the advantages of the smart home?
  3. Starting a smart home: the first steps
  4. Popular home automation: products that contribute to a smart household
  5. The added value of smart window covering

SMART HOME: WHAT IS IT?

A smart home is a household that uses smart appliances that interact and cooperate with each other. These smart devices, also called "domotics", function automatically and/or can be controlled remotely. By linking to a smart home platform such as Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant, it becomes possible to automate processes in the home and create the ultimate smart home.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A SMART HOME?

A smart home offers many advantages. Not only does automation and remote control ensure everyday ease of use and comfort at home, they also contribute to making your home more sustainable. A win-win, in other words. We summarise the most important advantages of a smart home:

EASE OF USE: MORE COMFORT IN YOUR HOME

Smart home products make your life easier. You can manage all your smart home appliances from one place and have them automatically cooperate with each other. Via an app or with your voice assistant. Even when you're not at home, you can easily control various appliances in the house remotely. Planning to put a pizza in the oven after work? It's delicious! Let your smart oven preheat while you drive home, and pop it right in at home.

SUSTAINABLE: LESS ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND COSTS

Smart home products make your home more energy efficient. If you use your smart devices in the right way, you can save a lot of energy and make your home much more sustainable. For example, you can see exactly which appliances consume the most energy with smart plugs. You can also improve the efficiency of your home by linking appliances together. Think of your heating and/or air conditioning with a smart thermostat, which always creates a pleasant temperature in the house at the right times.

SAFE: DETER BURGLARS

Smart home products make your home safer. Not only can you optimally secure your home with the help of movement detectors, surveillance cameras, automatic door locks and other home automation security systems, but with automation you also create the illusion that there is always someone at home. So also when you're on holiday. In this way you deter burglars and you can prevent theft. Smart window decoration in particular is of added value here. By means of timers, you can, for example, have your blinds raised automatically in the morning and lowered in the evening. Also connect your smart lights and make sure there is light in your living room at night. No thief will dare to break in.

STARTING A SMART HOME: THE FIRST STEPS

For many people, turning the household into a smart home sounds like a difficult task. But this is a misconception! Starting a smart home is not difficult at all. Even without a lot of technical knowledge, you can easily take the first steps towards a smart home. Start, for example, with smart lighting. Follow the instructions and automate your lamps via an app or even via your smart assistant. Do you like it? Then add new smart gadgets to your household. Electric roller blinds, for example. Also successful? Then try linking the two different smart products. This is often easy to arrange via your Google Home app or the Apple HomeKit app. Did you manage it? Then add some new smart devices. Step by step you create the optimal smart home and thus a user-friendly, sustainable and safe home!

POPULAR HOME AUTOMATION: PRODUCTS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO A SMART HOUSEHOLD

You're probably wondering which products are available as smart home variants. We understand that. Smart home is still relatively new and every year dozens of new smart devices are added. Below we list the most popular smart home devices.

Smart plugs: plugs that make non-smart devices smart and remotely controllable. Smart plugs also give you better insight into the energy consumption of various devices.

Smart lamps: lamps that you connect to your smart home platform (Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, etc.) and can therefore automatically and remotely operate via your app or voice.

Smart thermostat: thermostat that can work together with home automation and allows you to automate the heating, ventilation and air conditioning in your home.

Smart window decoration: window decoration that can be operated remotely and that you can integrate with your smart home system, making automatic movement possible.

Smart oven: oven that can be controlled remotely and with an app.

Smart coffee machine: coffee machine that can be integrated in your smart home. Through remote control or automation, your coffee machine will switch on when you drive up the driveway or you can make a cup of coffee from the couch.

THE ADDED VALUE OF SMART WINDOW DECORATION

Smart window covering may sound new to you. That's probably because this type of window covering is at an enormous advance stage and is therefore still relatively new in the smart home world. By adding smart roller blinds, day and night blinds, venetian blinds or honeycomb blinds to your smart home portfolio, you can take your smart home to a whole new level. Besides remote control via an app or voice commands, automation in particular offers enormous possibilities. You can have your blinds go up automatically every day in the morning and down in the evening, or set them to close when the last person leaves the house. You can even use electric window decoration as an alarm clock, so that you are pleasantly awoken by daylight every morning instead of an irritating alarm. With smart window decoration in your home, you create ultimate comfort, privacy, safety and durability in your home.

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