Smart Home Devices(Last Updated On: August 22, 2018)
Smart Home Devices are for automating your house, from temperature to lighting to locks and everything in between you can now control from the touch of your smart phone.
SMART HOME DEVICES
Home automation is currently at the forefront of technology. The largest makers of appliances like Samsung, Whirlpool, and LG all have released products geared to creating a smarter home. Apple, Amazon, and Google have all released voice controlled speakers that can be connected to products within your house to control them from your smart phone.
All of these products can be added to your home, but in the initial design phase of your project knowing about these systems can be helpful because you can integrate them into the design.
Phillips Hue Smart Light Bulbs
Replaces any existing light bulb. Connect to your smart phone and automatically be able to turn lights on and off, change the color of the lights, and dim lights.
LED lighting is just about standard these days. LEDs are Light Emitting Diodes these are the longest lasting and most energy efficient lights on the market. These days we put LEDs into every home we work on. LED lights are essential for a sustainable home design.
There are many types of automatic shades for the home. These can be as simple as operated with a switch or these can be smart too. You can check out an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment renovation where we installed automated shades among other smart features.
Lutron’s Serena Smart Shades
Window shades that you can control through your smart phone. They also have a feature that detects the temperature of a room and can automatically regulate to open or close when the temperature reaches below or above a certain point
Nest Learning Thermostat
This thermostat learns your schedule for the temperatures you enjoy and regulates the temperature throughout the day. It also connects to your smartphone so you can change the temperature from anywhere. fully programmable and smart learning your patterns. We installed these in a Brooklyn apartment renovation where we replaced all the old heating and cooling units now controlled by the nest system.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
Refrigerator with video display built in. Allows you to create shopping lists , see inside your fridge, and set expiration dates for products; all information you can access directly from your smartphone while at the store.
TV & ENTERTAINMENT
Sonos Wireless Speaker System
Wireless speaker system the can be free stand or wall mounted. Connect to your TV or phone to have sound throughout your home.
A smarthub like the Echo allows you to control certain smart home products that are compatible using just your voice.
Toilets have come a long way in the past years. There are motion sensor toilet seats that open when you approach. And of course control panels with multiple features. They can have built in bidets, dual flush for water conservation, and many more options.
Duravit Senso Wash
The photo below shows the Senso Wash toilet by Duravit installed in one of our apartment renovations. The panel on the wall under the light switch are the toilet controls.
The photo above also has a towel warmer, mounted on the bathroom mirror, which can heat up your towels while you are in the shower. Some of them can even heat the entire bathroom.
August Smart Lock
Lock or unlock your door directly from your smartphone. Automatically locks as you leave and unlocks when you get home.
This doorbell has built in video camera which always you to see who is at your door or who you may have missed right from your smartphone. Also allows you to save the recorded video
Open and close your garage from your smartphone. Also can notify you if your garage is left open
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Author Jorge Fontan AIA
This post was written by Jorge Fontan, a Registered Architect and owner of Fontan Architecture.