Today we examine the 3 pillars of smart home products and explore the ways in which specific examples from within each category can help to enhance your own smart home ecosystem. But first, what are the 3 pillars of a smart home? Answering this question is the purpose of today’s blog. Read on for a complete explanation of each of the 3 pillars of smart home products as well as an example or two of products from each.
The 3 Pillars of Smart Home Products Explained
Included in the 3 pillars of a smart home are, in no particular order, Safety and Security, Comfort and Convenience, and Energy and Efficiency. These categories exist for no other reason than to make your smart home shopping experience easier. By breaking the massive smart home category into smaller, more manageable chunks that make logical sense based on what the specific products within bring to the table, it becomes easier for you, the Best Buy customer, to assess your needs and determine which smart home products may best fit into your unique smart home ecosystem. Let’s explore each pillar now in greater detail with a few specific product examples to help clarify these categories.
Safety and Security
Products in the Safety and Security category include items that protect you and your home from all manner of threats and hazards. For example, to protect your home and everyone in it, you may choose to install smart locks, smart video cameras, various kinds of smart sensors (such as carbon monoxide and smoke detectors), and even smart lighting in some cases. Such products will not only prevent intruders from entering your home uninvited, but in many cases they can also alert you to potential trespassers and other dangers such as fires or gas leaks.
Popular items in this category include smart locks such as the Yale Assure Lock Push-Button Deadbolt with Bluetooth. Not only will a lock like this one keep you and your family safe and secure in your cozy home both day and night, but it’s also got a number of other features that are equally sure to please. This lock (and others like it) eliminates the need for you to use keys to get into and out of your home. Instead, they’re app controlled, allowing you to create and share electronic keys or key codes that give you total control over who comes and goes through your door. Share access to your home with those you love or trust, and then use the app to see who’s been by, receive notifications when someone tries to enter, and so many other useful features as well. In fact, this type of lock eliminates the need for old fashioned rattly metal keys altogether. It’s Safety and Security, with a little bit of Comfort and Convenience thrown in for good measure.
Comfort and Convenience
Products in the Comfort and Convenience realm are intended to make your life more pleasant and easy. Voice assistants, smart decor (including various smart lighting), smart blinds, and smart thermostats are among the products you may choose from to enhance the comfort level your home. If you want your home to be as comfortable as it is clever, you can’t go wrong with this type of product.
Take, for example, the extremely popular Google Home voice assistant. This device represents the epitome of convenience. Need to know who won the World Series in 1965? Just ask Google Home who won the World Series in any given year and you’re sure to get an immediate answer. How’s that for convenient? If your child has a query related to his or her homework, Google Home is highly likely to know the answer. Need something turned on or off? Google Home can do it for you if it’s another smart device that’s “connected” to your smart home ecosystem. It can also give you the latest weather forecast, play a song you love, translate a foreign language phrase for you, or calculate the tip for your pizza delivery person, just to name a few of its many amazing talents. Bottom line: Google Home is your very own personal assistant, and the absolute heart of your smart home.
Energy and Efficiency
Those whose smart home considerations revolve around issues of Energy and Efficiency want products that help to track and regulate power consumption throughout their home. Such products include smart thermostats and smart lighting of the LED variety. Smart plugs and switches also inhabit this category for their ability to be controlled remotely, thus allowing you to turn your lights off from the road via an app if you forgot something on when you left (just one of many such examples).
Among the most popular product types in the Energy and Efficiency category are smart thermostats. Models such as the Nest Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation help you to reduce your energy expenditure through various clever means. For instance, remote monitoring via a dedicated app allows you to monitor and collect detailed information on your energy output and make adjustments remotely, thereby better controlling your overall power usage. Even more impressive is Nest’s smart learning technology, which allows your thermostat to learn your daily schedule (along with your heating and cooling preferences) over an extended period of time. The data that’s collected will ultimately allow your Nest thermostat to self-program in a manner that’s conducive to a significant reduction in energy output while still keeping your home perfectly comfortable. In fact, an up to 20% reduction in energy costs is Nest’s goal and claim. That’s pretty impressive!
Overlap Among the 3 Pillars
Good on you if you noticed that several of the products mentioned today fit nicely into 2 or more of the 3 pillars of smart home products. Some items, such as smart thermostats or smart plugs and switches, may occupy more than one of the pillars at the very same time. Such products offer both Energy and Efficiency benefits, as well as providing Comfort and Convenience in your everyday life. For this reason, you may or may not find it helpful to employ the logic of the 3 pillars of smart home products in your own smart home planning. If another method of classifying smart home products works better for you, do what makes sense and is easiest for you to work with. At the end of the day, the outcome should be the same: you’ll be able to organize your thoughts and choose the right mix of smart home products to maximize the Safety and Security, Comfort and Convenience, and Energy and Efficiency of your smart home.
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