The Beginners Guide to Smart Home Technology

Getting started with a smart home can seem daunting - but at its core, technology shouldn’t complicate your life - it should simplify it. This short article will shed some light on the basics of how a smart home works and how you can get started with one today.

Imagine waking up in the morning to soft light and the first few notes of your favorite song playing. As you prepare for your day, you ask about the weather and your home responds out loud as you get dressed. As you sit down to breakfast, you are gently reminded that your first meeting is at 10am — and that you should leave in about 25 minutes.

Sounds like some Jetson's themed future dream, right? Well, it's not.

What Makes a Smart Home Smart?

To help you understand how smart technology works, let’s start with a few definitions:

Smart Home

A home equipped with lighting, speakers, heating and other appliances that are connected with each other and accessible through one central point.

Connected Devices

These are devices that are intelligent, courtesy of a connection to the Internet and sensors. These devices know or are able to anticipate what a user needs. At first, this intelligence comes from the settings that a user puts in, but with time the device can learn and adapt to patterns and interact with its users.

Home Automation

Using a computer or smart phone to control basic home functions and features. With home automation, you can determine a schedule for when your devices will react — for instance a playlist comes on each weekday morning at 7:30am. You can also set up triggers — like your hallway lights coming on when you open the door.


A piece of hardware that connects to all of the devices on a home automation network. A hub acts as the brain of the smart home, communicating with individual devices and telling them what you want to do.

What Does This Mean for Me?

Optimize Your Routine

Once you set the schedule, your devices will automated and based on your personal preferences. If your routine changes, you can communicate with the hub via your phone or tablet to adjust your devices accordingly. For instance, if your are arriving home later than usual, you can tell your smart lights and thermostat to turn on right before you get home.

Remote Access

The hub allows you to control your smart devices from anywhere in the world using your phone or tablet. This means you can turn off the lights without getting out of bed or let your friend in when you’re not home by unlocking your front door using your phone.

More Human Experience

Smart home products designed for wellbeing take into account natural human capabilities, attention span, cognitive capacity, emotions and behavior patterns. This resolves a lot of the current problems with digital distraction and allows you to interact with technology in a more innately human way.

Ultimately, a smarter home provides convenience, control, money savings — and most importantly, a more natural experience that enhances your life and allows you to focus on the things that matter.

Get Started Today

Getting started with smart home automation has never been easier.

If you have any questions about how a Control4 system from Dynamic Home Systems can work in your home, give us a call at 678-248-1509 and schedule a FREE in-home estimate.

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