No, you don’t. But you probably want to know most of them. Wouldn’t you want to know if someone has come by your house a few times while you’re at work or on vacation - and who they are? Don’t you want to know if the door was left unlocked or the A/C was left on? By having this intel as to what is going on in your home, you can save energy and make sure your home is safe. Even if you don’t have children or pets, there are still a lot of benefits a smart home can provide.
More specifically, many smart home devices can provide you with the greatest benefit of all: peace of mind. Smart home devices can wirelessly communicate with another through a central control unit, or hub. Once you have a hub, your home becomes your playground. Here are some examples of smart devices that truly answer the question: Why do I need a smart home & what can it do for me?Flood Sensor - This device will let you know of potential water leaks and water damage. When you combine a flood sensor and a water shutoff valve, you can turn your water off remotely in the event of a leak to prevent further damage while you’re on vacation or working. If you also decide to add a smart door lock, you can call a plumber and let them into your home upon arrival.
Doorbell Cameras - These popular devices are becoming increasingly common. When someone arrives at your front door, the camera will take either video or a snapshot of the person and send it to you. This will inform you if someone is visiting your home on a regular basis, potentially casing your home for a robbery. Or if a package was delivered. Or if the person at your door while you’re in the kitchen cooking dinner is worth stopping for. You’ll also know which service folks have arrived - dog walker, gardener, pool maintenance, cleaning service, etc.
Door Locks - Did you lock the door this morning? Are you expecting the in-laws to come for a visit and want to make sure they got in safely? A smart door lock will allow you to check both of those things with one quick look at your smartphone. Unlock and lock the door as you see fit, change the code when your weekend renters leave, and receive alerts when your kids arrive home.
Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms - These alarms are growing in popularity because of their value in keeping your home and your family members safe. They will tell you the nature of the alert (whether it is smoke or CO) and potentially even where the problem is so you know what needs to be done. Many of these are also equipped with a photoelectric smoke sensor to reduce false alarms.
As you can see, the more smart devices you have in your home, the more you can control and truly be “in the know” about what’s going on under your roof.