Smart Homes: The Biggest Advantages and the Most Common Challenges

Smart Homes: The Biggest Advantages and the Most Common Challenges

The following contribution is from another author.

In the advanced technological age we live in today, even our homes can be considered ‘smart’. A smart home is fitted with electronic appliances that can be managed from a distance using mobile devices as controllers.

These appliances can include anything from a home security system to electric window shutters. You can even regulate your environment by manipulating temperature, lighting or speaker volumes using the IoT to connect functions across a common network and allow them to communicate with one another.

Smart homes are incredibly powerful as, through complex algorithms, they can build patterns around your habits based on your usage. Ultimately, this works to automate processes and improve your everyday life.

Biggest smart home advantages

There is a range of advantages to investing in smart home technology. For example, you can manage all your appliances from one convenient device, saving the effort needed to move around the home and turn off such devices individually. This also provides the ability to remotely control elements in your home. This means on a cold day you can heat your living room before you even walk through the door or preheat the oven while unloading the shopping for dinner.

Significant energy savings are another major benefit of having a smart home. With the click of a button, you can shut off appliances that are not being used or regulate the temperature in your home to ensure the heating is at just the right level. Efficient energy use is not only beneficial for the environment, but it can also help save on energy costs.

While keeping your finances safe, smart technology can also help make your home more secure. Remotely managed alarms and camera systems mean every corner of a home will always be monitored under one network.

Common worries regarding smart homes

Due to the complexity of the systems involved, there are some limitations to smart homes. Incompatibility is one issue that results from different devices being unable to communicate across the same platform. Many platforms, such as Alexa, are designed to work with specific devices typically created by the same companies. For smart homes to operate smoothly, it is worthwhile choosing devices from the same manufacturer. This way you can ensure your house will be connected.

Network connectivity is another genuine concern relating to smart homes. With many devices being used at one time, a weak internet connection can lead to appliances dropping out of the network and not responding to the remote control. This problem can also occur in a large home where devices are far away from your router. A solution for limited coverage could be opting for a more advanced wireless platform that covers a wider range.

Smart homes are the future of convenience, with the possibility to control your devices and appliances remotely, increase your home security and save energy in the meantime. However, as with any technology, there are still a few kinks that need ironing out such as network connectivity and device compatibility.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).