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Smart Home Uncovered: Why convenience doesn’t need to be a hassle

Updated: May 17

Welcome, to the incredible world of smart homes, where technology and convenience are one. In this post, we'll delve into the fascinating realm of smart home technology and uncover the truth of convenience vs hassle when it comes to all things ‘smart’.

Smartstart specialise in making smart home simple and allowing our customers to benefit from the latest technology without the complications that can arise. We have lots of experience creating smart homes that works seamlessly together and hope to pass some of that knowledge onto our readers.

A man using a smart thermostat

Is it actually simple and convenient

There have been many advancements in user-friendly interfaces such as voice control, smartphone compatibility, automations, scheduling, and time-saving features so smart homes have become extremely accessible to everybody. Let's jump in and discover how these technological wonders can simplify our lives.

Firstly, smart home technology has come a long way in recent years and has become much more user-friendly, more affordable and easier to integrate with other smart devices. Thankfully, there’s no need to be a rocket scientist to set it up or use it.

Voice Assistants

Smart speaker voice assistant

Voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple’s Siri have begun to pave the way for hassle free use and they make it really easy to control your smart devices with just your voice. You can say, "Alexa, turn off the lights”, or “close the blinds”, or even “show me who’s at the front door”.

These virtual companions have completely changed the way we interact with our smart devices. With just a simple voice command, you can control various aspects of your home, such as triggering customised lighting scenes, changing the temperature, or even playing your favourite playlist. The nature of voice control eliminates the need for complex interfaces and makes smart home technology accessible to users of any age and technical ability. Whether you love them or hate them, voice assistants have gained themselves a firm place in today’s smart home.

Smartphone Control

Smartphone controlling lights

Many smart home devices can also be controlled from your smartphone, whether it's adjusting the thermostat, locking the doors, or even monitoring your security cameras, you can do it all from  your phone. Gone are the days of needing a million remotes to control your smart devices because managing your smart home is as easy as a few taps on your phone screen. (You can keep the remotes if you want though).

Whether you're at home or on a beach in Fiji, you can easily control and monitor your devices through dedicated apps. From turning off the lights you accidentally left on, to checking if you locked the front door, the power is literally in your hand. The seamless integration of smart home devices with smartphones brings convenience and simplicity to the next level.

Setting up a Smart Home

Creating your smart home doesn't have to be complicated either. Many devices now come with simple apps that guide you through the setup process step by step and there are plenty of online tutorials and resources to help you along the way.

When it comes to compatibility, there are ways to get most smart home products to work with each other. So, if you have a smart thermostat and smart lights from two different manufacturers, they can (when properly set up) still talk to each other and work without skipping a beat.

Flexibility and Convenience

The selection of products and how they work together has progressed a lot in the past few years and you have more options than ever before, where you can start small with just a couple of devices and gradually expand as you see fit. There's no need to go all-in from the start if you're not there yet. As long as you have an idea of what you want your smart home to be like in the end, it’s easy to get started with as much or as little as you like. 

Lastly, let's not forget about the convenience factor. One of the most exciting aspects of smart homes is the ability to automate mundane tasks. After a busy day, imagine walking up to your front door that automatically unlocked itself, your favourite playlist begins playing throughout the house and the temperature is set exactly how you like it. 

With smart plugs and switches, you can also schedule your lights to turn on and off to create a lived-in appearance even when you're away (‘mockupancy’: it’s a real word apparently). You can even set up routines that get you ready for bed by closing the blinds, playing calming music and setting the lights to specially dimmed presets.


So, smart homes don't have to be complicated at all as user-friendly interfaces, voice assistants, smartphone compatibility, and flexibility have opened the doors for most users. Maybe it’s time to embrace the technology and find out what you're missing.   

Smartstart have helped customers take their smart home dreams to the next level by providing expert advice, full installation, setup and aftercare. We can provide extensive home automation services and can set up complex routines and schedules for your smart home.

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