When you’re surfing the web and are reading up on smart homes or home automation, you probably feel pretty overwhelmed by all the technical jargon you come across. You sometimes see the terms, ‘smart home’, or ‘Internet of Things’, or ‘home automation’ being used in different contexts; or you see them being used interchangeably. It can all get a little confusing, and so I thought I’d demystify the subject for you because, believe me, I wish someone had done it for me earlier. We’ve all been there, but luckily, this should have you covered.

Here’s an overview of the difference between home automation and a smart home.

So, what’s a smart home?

The term ‘smart home’ is usually used when referring to a home that comprises TVs, computers, lighting, heating, entertainment systems, security systems, and other electrical and electronic appliances that are able to communicate with one another. In addition to this, these devices allow for them to be controlled remotely, via a smartphone and the Internet.

Smart devices and appliances

Your home probably consists of a number of smart devices and that can be controlled individually via an app. But is your home truly smart?

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Simple enough, but what’s home automation then?

‘Home automation’- first known as ‘domotics’- basically means the electronic and automatic control of household features, and appliances. An automated home, like a smart home, can also be controlled with an app, but consolidates the different smart devices in your home, that work independently, into one well-oiled machine. An automated home basically functions as a sort of digital butler to you, and automatically adjusts your home to your own personal preferences.

Home controller of an automated home

An automated home can adjust itself to suit your ideal lifestyle.

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Wait, so what’s the difference between the two?

Well, firstly, home automation is just one of the features of a smart home. In other words, home automation is a sort of enabler of smart homes. And secondly, home automation creates a system that doesn’t need your constant attention— it’s a system that can function by itself.

A smart home could consist of a smart tv, a hub and smart lights that are connected to the Internet and are controllable through apps. However, the home is an automated one only when, for example, there are sensors that turn on your lights when it senses your presence, thereby enabling automation.

And there’s smart home automation…

Home Automation has been around for ages, but it’s only in the age of smartphones, smart apps and artificial intelligence, that ‘smart home automation’ has been made possible. We all know that sensors can turn our lights on and off when we enter a room. But imagine taking this a step further. Imagine lights that have been enabled by AI, that recognize your facial features, and authenticate your identity, and only then turn your lights on and off. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Therefore, in this age of smart home automation, our homes are smarter like never before.

So, to sum it up..

An automated home is essentially, and truly a smart home, whereas the term, ‘smart home’ could be used to refer to a residence that comprises a plethora of smart devices— devices that don’t necessarily function by themselves. They’re also generally connected to the Internet, which enables these devices to be ‘smart’.

Even though the terms aren’t very different, knowing exactly what each means will help get you what you want when it comes to automated homes. If you have any more queries regarding home automation, please feel free to write to us, and we’ll be happy to clear any doubts you have.

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