Is Your Home Smart Enough?

eHow Home Blog

With a smart home, everything works the way you want it to because a home automation system allows you to turn on appliances, control entertainment systems, manage your home’s security system, and adjust everything from lighting to heating to air conditioning remotely via the Internet.

Homeowners make their homes smart not only for convenience and comfort, but also to save time, money and energy. Imagine a home theater experience complete with lights, sound and picture that can all be adjusted with just the touch of a button. What about a house that knows when the sun hits and closes the shades? Or better yet, a house that allows you to play music in every room with just a click.

Let’s see how smart your home is by having you answer these yes or no questions. Keep track of your answers to score your home’s genius level at the end.

Via your smart phone, tablet or PC, are you able to…

1. Adjust your thermostat to lower your home’s energy consumption without sacrificing your comfort?

2. Turn off the appliance you forgot to turn off before you left your home?

3. Turn off the lights and arm your security system before you go to sleep?

4. Remotely unlock the doors of your home to grant entry to service people and other visitors without having to give them your key or be home to open the door yourself?

5. Remotely lock the doors while you are miles away?

6. Automatically capture video when a pre-determined event such as a door or window opening triggers an alert?

7. Automatically turn on a light in the hallway when you open the front door or the door from your garage?

8. Automatically close the shades when the sun hits?

9. Watch a movie at home without having to adjust the lights, sound and picture every time?

10. Heat up your spa, dim the lights and turn on your favorite music?

Count the number of times you answered yes to the questions above. Here’s your home’s level of genius:

10 = Genius

9 = Highly gifted

8 = Gifted

7 = Above average

6 = Average

5 or below = Below average

Congratulations if your home is smart enough. If not, the good news is that you’re smart enough to raise your home’s IQ.

Photo credit: Honeywell

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