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5 tips to make your home 'smart'

'Smartphones' and 'smart cities' are concepts with which society is increasingly becoming familiar. In fact, it seems that the future of technology is closely linked to the word 'smart'. Therefore, it is not surprising that we are constantly hearing about smart homes.

The concept of 'smart home' is nothing new as you might imagine since it is directly associated with home automation. Specifically, this term refers to all those technological systems focused on improving the quality of the household's life and creating interactive homes capable of responding autonomously to the specific needs of each situation.

All this has meant that those interested in buying a house often ask their real estate agent to find them a smart home. But how is it possible to turn a normal home into a 'smart' one? It can be said that it is necessary to verify five keys.

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Security systems

When we are talking about home security, you might think of alarms and surveillance cameras. This concept may not change radically with the adaptation of domotics in homes, but the truth is that it must be an indispensable requirement for all the security systems to be controlled through mobile phone.

Common Interfaces

This is designed exclusively for community neighbourhoods and is also related to the area of security. The goal is that all of these security systems remain interconnected to a common interface from which exclusive information can be accessed and warnings can be given during intrusions.

Electronic lockers

It is becoming more frequent to buy through the Internet and, above all, through the mobile phone. However, traditionally, reception has been a serious problem, especially when you spend many hours outside and there is no one at home. With the installation of these devices, it is possible to receive any order you place online and verify its arrival time without being personally present.

Sustainability

Environmental responsibility is a concept closely linked to 'smart homes'. In this sense, all the installed systems should enable savings in energy bills and maximum use of resources provided by nature (sunlight, wind, etc.). Many of these aspects are revealed in the energy certification of the vendor who owns the house or the entire building. Energy efficiency certificate is something that you should look into with your real estate company before proceeding with the purchase or rental of the property.

Automation based on weather conditions

The home automation system is designed to automatically open and close curtains or doors, turn ON or turn OFF the air conditioning based on sunlight and other weather conditions regardless of whether there are people inside the house or not.

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