Pro tips: 5 tips for adding smart technology to your home
Written by Zach Robertson
As more appliances and devices begin working together to make household tasks easier and more efficient, here are five wise ways to add smart technology to your home.
Some smart technologies are devices (think coffee makers) that can be programmed to turn on at certain times, and others are wireless technologies (think smart security systems) that are controlled through an app on your phone. But a truly smart home is one where your household systems (such as heating and entertainment), lights, appliances and other devices are all connected to each other through the internet and controlled through a central communications point.
This technology has come a long way since we first shouted at Alexa to change the song, and it has the potential to impact almost every way we interact with our homes. When you enable multiple household conveniences to communicate with one another and to make adjustments based on the information they exchange with each other or with you, everyday devices — ranging from the fridge to door locks to a pet-food dispenser to your furnace — can work together to make your home more energy efficient, convenient and conducive to human health.
LINK writer Zach Robertson spoke with Ben Hildebrandt (AT ’13, CAD1 ’11, AMT ’08), lead creator of Introduction to Smart Home Technologies — a new Continuing Education course for professionals in the residential construction industry — about starting and succeeding with smart home technologies.
This story was originally written for the print version of the Spring 2021 issue of LINK — Raw, risky and full of joy.