Frequently Asked Questions
What is "Smart Home"?
A smart home is a home outfitted with devices that can be controlled over an internet connection on one’s desktop, tablet, or smartphone. These connected devices like appliances, lights, security systems, cameras, audio and video systems, televisions and air-conditioning are intuitive and minimize human intervention.
Generally speaking, if your home has devices that connect to each other and to a network, it’s a smart home. The complexity of smart systems may differ somewhat from home to home, but the basic foundations are the same.
What are the benefits of home automation?
Benefits of home automation typically fall into a few categories, including savings, safety, convenience, and control. Additionally, some consumers purchase home automation for comfort and peace of mind.
Convenience: Because home automation technology performs routine tasks automatically, end users experience great convenience. Most smart home devices are voice controllable through Google Home and Alexa speakers. Smart Home devices can communicate with one another, and you can set different triggers between devices and schedule them to turn on or off at your convenience. For instance, you could set your balcony / patio lights to turn on in the evening, or your bedroom curtains to open themselves in the evening.
Peace of Mind: Many consumers invest in home automation technology for peace of mind. A new mom or dad can check on their little one thanks to smart cameras and other technologies. For instance, your home's security system sets itself on and your main door gets locked itself when you move out of the house.
Safety & Security: Many home automation technologies fall under the umbrella of home security. Consumers purchase these devices because they want to make their homes safer and more secure. Automated lighting, window vibration & motion sensing alarms and mobile notifications detters burglars. Security cameras offer benefits through either remote monitoring and real-time video of home inhabitants or unwanted visitors. LPG and Carbon Monoxide sensors provide additional layer of safety to your loved ones.
Savings: Smart switches and smart lightbulbs save energy, cutting electricity costs over time. Home automation technologies monitor energy usage, helping to prevent exorbitant bills.
Control: Consumers also choose smart home devices to better control functions within the home. With home automation technology, you can know what’s happening inside your home at all times.
Comfort: Some people use smart technology to record shows or to play music throughout the home. Connected devices can also help create a comfortable atmosphere—they provide intelligent and adaptive lighting, sound, and temperature, which can all help create an inviting environment.
Do I need rewiring done for a home automation system?
With the advancement of wireless technologies, most home automation systems are wireless and are retro-fittable - means your old-school "Dumb Lights" can become "Smart Lights" without changing anything.
How much will it cost to make my home Smart?
Smart homes are affordable. You can spend as little or as much money as you want to make your home smart. Not all smart homes are the same. Some include automation for nearly every electronic device, while others focus on addressing the basics.
TechnoCraft Smart Home Solutions provides home automation of a 3 Bedroom Apartment for
just Rs. 14,999.00 with almost every light and fan automated in the house.
Is home automation worth it?
Home automation is worth the investment. To determine if it’s worth it for you, you should weigh the potential benefits and what you’ll save in time and money over time.
Monetary Savings: A smart Air Conditioning System and Lighting ensure your costs don’t rupture your bank account in the summer. In many cases, devices can more than pay for themselves over time.
Security: Home automation also delivers safety, security, and peace of mind. You are tension - free, knowing you’ll receive an alert and will be able to see when someone rings the door bell. The same goes for unwanted guests, be it of the criminal or mischievous variety.
Comfort: Your home becomes an oasis from long, stress-filled days at work. Instead of rushing around in the morning trying to get the lights turned off and curtains closed before you leave, you can relax. Even if you forget to turn off the lights, your home automation system monitors the situation and automatically do it for you.
Which devices are most commonly controlled in a smart home?
The most common smart home connected devices fall into four categories: lighting, Air-Conditoning, Entertainment and Security.
Smart Lighting: Smart lights and related accessories tend to be fairly easy to install and use. They also offer advantages such as timers, schedulers, and motion-sensing capabilities. Smart home lighting can set the lights to turn on and off at certain times of day or in response to particular events. For example, you might want your ligts to turn on when you arrive home from work. The automation system set the lights to trigger based on another smart device, like a gate opener. The lighting system will receive an alert when the gate opens and automatically turn on the desired lights.
Smart Air Conditioning: Like smart lightbulbs, smart airconditioning switches automatically adapt to your temperature preferences and schedule, resulting in a home environment with perfect climate.
Smart Entertainment Devices: No need for multiple remote controls for your Television, Set-Top-Box and DVD players - Wireless IR Hub automate all your entertainment devices to work with a single app of voice assistants such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
Smart Security: Smart home connected devices for security also span the spectrum. You might purchase a smart security system in its entirety from a single provider, or you might cobble one together with smart security cameras, locks, and motion sensors from several different companies.
How long does it take to install smart home technology?
The time it takes to install smart home technology depends entirely on what you’re installing and how many devices you’re working with. Generally it shouldn’t take more than a few hours to install a couple new gadgets.
Installation Time Depends on the Device - a set of smart lightbulbs should take only a few minutes to set up, you just remove the old lightbulbs, plug in the new ones, and connect to the smart lighting app.
Other smart home technologies, like smart locks and retrofit devices that work with your existing wiring system, may take around 30 - 45 minutes to install and configure.