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Published on 26th July 2023

Using smart devices to make an automated home is an effective way of bringing your homelife firmly into the present day. Modern technology allows you to control and manage your home with the press of a button, a simple voice prompt or even through full automation. Whether it’s automated blinds, smart lights or smart speakers, a smart home connects everything. 

Before you undergo your smart home setup, consider a range of factors to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want. There are a number of budget, integration and control options available, and time should be given to important factors such as compatibility and security.  


What Are the Benefits of an Automated Home?

First and foremost, smart home technology is incredibly helpful in creating a simple, easy to manage home. The convenience it offers allows you to control your entire home using one device or voice prompt. This enables you to streamline everyday tasks that would otherwise take up valuable time.  

Smart blinds are the perfect example of this. You could set up an automaton to open all of the blinds in your home at 7:30AM – a task that could easily take up time every morning. Other smart blind benefits include improving the security of your home, boosting energy efficiency, making for better sleeping patterns and lots more. This is just one example of how one piece of smart technology will impact your home.

Key Considerations of a Smart Home   

Consider the Essential Components for a Smart Home Setup

It’s time to think about the different components you want to invest in for your smart home. Smart devices such as light bulbs and sockets can only be used with some kind of control device, such as an Amazon Alexa, Google Home device or mobile app. Electric blinds on the other hand come with a remote control, but again will only become ‘smart’ when connected to a smart home device. 

To connect your blinds to your smart home you need a smart hub device such as the TaHoma Switch Smart Hub. This acts as the one single control panel where you can manage all of your smart devices around your home. It is compatible with a number of different smart products.


Security and Privacy Concerns

A home automation system collects a lot of data about us, including our daily routines, personal information, and even our location. This data can be valuable to criminals, who could use it to commit identity theft, cyberstalking, or other crimes. 

Many smart home devices are not very secure. They may have default passwords that are easy to guess, or they may not be properly updated with the latest security patches. Make sure your home network is secure by using a strong password, enabling encryption and keeping your router’s firmware up to date.

Integration and Compatibility Factors

Interoperability refers to a system that can connect to other drives without any form of specific integration. The whole idea behind a smart home is that all of your devices are linked together to make home management quick and simple. 

Selecting compatible devices is at the heart of making your smart home a success. It wouldn’t be recommended to have both an Alexa and Google Home device for example, as they are not fully compatible.

Cost and Budgeting Considerations

Building a smart home has the potential to be an expensive process if you want a completely unified home. This is especially true if you’re building everything from scratch and own no smart devices. 

Smart hubs such as the TaHoma Smart Hub and smart devices such as Alexa, Echo Dots, smart plugs, lighting, blinds and more will be an expensive undertaking. Consider what devices are truly needed and which ones will have the greatest impact on your life. It’s also important to remember that you do not have to buy everything all at once – many choose to build their smart home over time for cost-effective automation.  

User-Friendly Interfaces and Control Systems

There are a range of control options available for your smart home. Voice control allows you to use your voice to control your smart home devices using an assistant like Alexa or Google Home.  

For something you can control with your hands most smart home devices have a mobile app that you can use. These apps typically allow you to turn devices on and off, adjust settings, and create automations. Some smart home devices also have a web interface. These interfaces are typically more complex than mobile apps, but tend to offer more features.

Set automation in your smart home to trigger devices based on certain events. For example, you could create a home automation system that turns on the lights when you arrive home or turns off the thermostat when you leave – they are completely customisable. Scenes are another form of automation in your smart home and they are used to automate the control of multiple devices. For example, you could create a scene called “Goodnight” that turns off all the lights, locks the doors, and sets the thermostat to a lower temperature.

Practical and Beautiful Smart Blinds Available Here 

Smart Blinds Online offer a range of fully automated blinds for your home. Blinds are available in either blackout or dimout design, in a simple selection of colours to ensure you find something that’s perfect for you.

You will also find additional accessories such as the TaHoma Switch Hub, as well as remote controls, extension cables and chargers. 

Contact Smart Blinds Online and invest in a smart home today.      

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