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Explore answers to your questions about smart homes in Columbia

November 28, 2022
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You’ve heard your colleague talk about how he is able to operate his lighting with a voice command or program his thermostat to automatically adjust. Of course, you would like to know more about how smart homes work and if they could benefit your daily routine. To assist you in gaining a heightened awareness, review these answers to a few common questions about smart homes in Columbia.

How do smart homes work in Columbia?

All of your smart devices like illumination, entry locks, thermostats, and cameras all have one thing in common - they have to be linked to the internet. This connection allows them to be controlled without physical contact with tools like a smart speaker, central hub, or mobile security app. Your smart devices can also interact with one another. To illustrate, if your outdoor surveillance detects odd activity, it can cause your lights to come on.

You might install a couple smart light bulbs and a smart speaker and say you have a smart home, but why stop there? Instead, choose a fully integrated system with automated lights, cameras, thermostat, and other devices. Read why this option makes sense.

How can a Columbia smart home benefit me?

It’s OK if you’re not so sure. Turning your lights on or off with your phone is great, but you are wondering if your Columbia smart home will genuinely benefit you. In the end, it can, and in more ways than you might think.

  • Protection: Consider having doors that lock automatically at specified moments or surveillance equipment that can send you video updates when unusual motion is observed? Components including Vivint’s outdoor cameras even contain built-in deterrents. Smart homes have an unmistakable leg up in regards to upgrading your home’s security.
  • Remote access: Because your components are accessible from the internet, results in you being able to control them from any location. Neglect to turn the lights off? It’s not a big deal. Simply go to the simple Vivint app on your smartphone and remedy the situation.
  • Handiness: Make your life easier by putting lighting and locks on a set plan. You are even able to carry out a range of operations with voice commands and a connected smart speaker.
  • Efficiency: If you set lighting and thermostat settings on schedules and have the ability to manipulate your components remotely, you are able to decrease energy costs.

Does it make sense to opt for 24-7 monitoring with my smart home?

Smart home access and useability are nice, but what will transpire in the event of an emergency? When you have professional monitoring, those smart devices that give you updates also notify your monitoring team. This lets you focus on your family while the monitoring agents contact emergency responders. The virtues of monitoring are even more impactful if a crisis happens when you’re not there. Like most things in life, it’s typically smart to have someone there to support you.