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What is a smart home?

What is a smart home?

The concept of a smart home is nothing new. Over the last decade or so, this concept has been all the rage with more and more architects, designers and builders who are creating homes that incorporate preparations for technology.

Did you know that the number of smart homes is forecast to grow and surpass the 350 million mark by 2023? This new trend in how we live and how our homes work will only continue to get more popular. People are actively searching for ways to automate daily tasks in order to have more free time. Also, with people spending more time at home, it’s essential for people to feel comfortable and that their homes are both energy efficient and practical.

But, what does having a smart home actually mean? Here is some history and crucial elements regarding smart homes.


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What is a smart home?

This simple question can have many answers. In short, a smart home is a residence equipped with devices that automate tasks normally handled by humans. However, some of these devices can be bought after your home is built, for example, a smart speaker. Other types of integrations are built into the structure itself, such as a smart thermostat.

The term “smart home” was first introduced in 1984 by the American Association of House Builders, however, the first devices that were meant to make your home “smart” were created in the 60s and 70s. In 1966, the Echo IV was created by Westinghouse engineer Jim Sutherland. This was the first smart automation system and it allowed consumers to create shopping lists, control the temperature of the home and turn appliances on and off. After that, in 1975, the X10 was released. This was a home automation platform that sent digital information through radio frequency onto a home’s existing electrical wiring. This allowed people to control technology remotely from control devices using a command console. As time went on, more and more engineers began developing smart systems but they didn’t reach commercial success due to price.

Nowadays, smart home adaptations can be easily added to houses and it’s a great way to add practicality and convenience to anyone’s everyday life.

Smart home elements


As mentioned before, there are many smart home elements that can be added to a house. Some of them can be easily bought after you have your house, and others can be implemented into structure and architecture. Among the most common smart home integrations we can find are automatic thermostats, smart light systems, sensors and more. The overall elements that smart homes cover are energy efficiency, safety and privacy, atmosphere and entertainment.

For example, at Paradisa we offer the potential benefits of upgrading the HVAC control to utilize Nest thermostat technology. This is a smart home interface capable of adaptable HVAC self-programming. These simple automations save you time, money and gives you peace of mind that your home is working correctly even when you are away.

Benefits of a smart home

There are many benefits of having a smart home and comfort is just one of them. A huge benefit and motivation of having a smart home is that it is very energy efficient. Smart integrations can reduce owners’ electric bills by regulating heating and air conditioning systems. There are systems that even learn your energy consumption patterns and act accordingly to reduce energy consumption.

Another huge benefit of a smart home is automation. Automation saves time and allows people to have more control over how they spend their everyday lives. Smart homes make daily tasks easier and more convenient.

The concept of a smart home will continue to evolve through time. After 60 years of progress, smart homes have come a long way. With each passing day, incorporating technology and planning a home that is smart will become more and more simple. Owners will have the chance to enjoy their time in things they enjoy rather than worrying about everyday tasks at home.

Overall, there are many benefits to having smart homes. From energy saving to automation and entertainment, considering ways that technology can make your life easier is always worth it. At Paradisa, we are passionate about crafting Austin homes that are refined by technology.


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