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Voice control makes homes smarter

Voice control: Five important reasons why it makes your smart-home smarter

You may have noticed that smart home assistants of all different kinds are starting to pop up everywhere. They are becoming more and more commonly seen in homes and offices up in all corners of the world.  The number of smart systems available are nearly eclipsed by the number of ways to control them. Depending on the system, they can be controlled with remote controls, with tablets, or with apps on your phone. The choice is dizzying. 

There is a danger of ending up with a slew of remote controls, apps, and tablets to control all the smart devices and appliances in your home.  This is the last thing we all need, as our secret junk drawer in the kitchen is already too full!  What if there was an easy solution?  Well, there is!  Voice control for smart home systems mean that you have full central control over everything.  It is very rare that you lose your voice, or stick it in a junk drawer.  Find out here 5 reasons why voice control is the best method for controlling your smart home

1. Energy savings

Smart home systems save you energy and cut the running costs of homes by making electricity use far more efficient.  Lights and heating are turned on only when you need them. Blinds can be controlled to help keep in the heat, or keep the house cool, depending on the season.  With voice control, this energy saving is even more marked. There is no need to recharge remote controls, tablets, or phones in order to use the assistant.  With an offline voice-controlled assistant, the potential to save money and energy is very noticeable. An offline device is more energy efficient. No data needs to be sent to the cloud in some far-off server to be analysed then sent back in order for the assistant to react.  The ability to activate any command is all there on the offline voice assistant. This reduces your energy expenditure and your carbon footprint.

2. Customizable

The voice-controlled smart home assistant adapts to what it hears you say, and understands what you mean. This happens even if you make a mistake when speaking or say a command in a different way.  This offers a huge advantage over needing to exactly type a command. With voice control, you can also name your rooms and lights to suit your personal vocabulary.  Consequently, there is no need to adapt your commands to suit possible combinations of words that the assistant may understand.  In addition, you can program a multitude of potential command combinations. With just one voice command tune lights, heating, blinds, and even music preferences to your favourite settings.

3. Ease of use

Being able to control your home with voice, rather than with a tablet, remote control or phone makes using the smart home system easier for all ages. In particular, this is especially valid when the assistant can understand commands said in thousands of different ways.

Firstly, families with young children need not to be concerned about remote controls being lost or broken if they come into the reach of curious small hands. Neither do they become distracted from their children while programming the assistants. Secondly, older people are able to make their home comfortable with just a few every-day words. They have no need to be nervous about trying to use daunting technology. Thirdly, people with reduced mobility can simply use their voice to change their home environment to just the way they want it.  Talking to a smart home assistant is far quicker than typing commands, or searching for the right button to push. On top of that, it means that anyone in the house can take advantage of the smart home appliances. Therefore, control is not just in the hands of the person who has the app on their phone or tablet.

4. Adds higher resale value to your home

Houses with smart home systems already installed in them are becoming a popular feature for those looking to buy a new home. Buyers interested in modern houses are seeking those with smart lighting, heating, security, and smart appliance features that make the home interactive and quickly adaptable to their desires and needs. Consumer Reports states that converting your home environment to be a smart one can increase the resale value by up to 5%. This enthusiasm for smart features when buying a new home crosses all age groups, from millennials who have grown up using smartphones and smart assistants, to older generations, who are looking for smart home features to make their lives safer and more comfortable.

An extra advantage of using a voice control based system if it runs offline is that you can sell the system along with the house. Online smart-home systems rely on having a personal account, which is not the case with assistants that work without need for an Internet connection. Once installed, they are part of the home, just like the doors and windows.

5. Peace of mind

We have all had those moments when we have doubted our actions.  Did we turn off the oven?  Did we remember to turn off the lights downstairs? With voice control, these worries that may niggle us when we comfortably lying in bed on a cold Winter’s night disappear.  It takes one command to make sure that everything is as it should be.

Now that voice-controlled assistants have become more complex, you can do more than just turn your lights on and off.  Coupled with their multiple abilities, and with the fact that installation of a voice assistant through-out a home is now becoming very affordable, you can help frail loved ones stay in their homes in security. With a “call for help” feature enabled, the assistant can contact an outside contact if an emergency arises without need of the person attempt to reach a phone or help-button. This gives you peace of mind and helps you sleep more soundly at night.