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Common questions about smart homes in Boulder

November 28, 2022
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You’ve overheard your colleague talk about how he has the ability to turn on his lights with a voice command or schedule his thermostat to change settings on its own. Needless to say, you’re interested in knowing how smart homes work and if they could positively impact your daily routine. To help you gain more of an appreciation, here are answers to some frequently-asked questions about smart homes in Boulder.

How do smart homes work in Boulder?

All of your smart implements like lighting, locking systems, home comfort controls, and cameras all have one commonality - they need to be connected to the internet. This is necessary for them to be managed without physical contact with elements like a Google or Amazon speaker, central hub, or mobile security app. Your automated gadgets can also react to each other. To illustrate, if your security camera detects a disturbance, it can trigger your lights to turn on.

You might install a couple automated light bulbs and a voice-operated speaker and say you have a smart home, but aren’t you interested in doing a bit more? Instead, choose a complete system with connected lights, video, home comfort controls, and other devices. Read why this course of action makes sense.

How will a Boulder smart home benefit me?

It’s understandable if you have some doubts. Turning your lights on or off by the push of a button is great, but you are curious if your Boulder smart home will really benefit you. As it turns out, it can, and in ways that might surprise you.

  • Safety: Consider having doors that automatically lock at predetermined moments or cameras that can send you video notifications when unexpected activity is observed? Devices like Vivint’s outdoor cameras even have incorporated deterrents. Smart homes have an unmistakable leg up in terms of boosting your home’s security.
  • Control: Because your components are accessible from the internet, leads to your ability to manage them remotely. Didn’t remember to shut off your lighting? No problem. Just use the easy-to-operate Vivint app on your mobile device and solve the problem.
  • Handiness: Give yourself less to do by placing smart lights and locking systems on a set plan. You are even able to carry out an array of functions with voice commands and a compatible smart speaker.
  • Energy savings: If you set lights and thermostat settings on preset plans and have the chance to adjust your equipment remotely, you can noticeably reduce energy bills.

Should I opt for professional monitoring with my smart home?

Smart home connectivity and useability are great, but what will you do in the event of an emergency? When you have 24-hour monitoring, those smart components that give you updates also alert your monitoring personnel. This lets you center your attention on the safety of your family while the monitoring agents call first responders. The virtues of monitoring are even greater if a predicament occurs when you’re out of town or at work. Similar to most facets of life, it’s typically a good idea to have someone there to support you.