The connected home is increasingly omnipresent. All it takes is a step. Whether it be dipping your toes into the pond of smart glass technology or trying a security system you can manage remotely, small changes make a world of difference.
Below, a working mom explains the many ways integrating her home freed up her time so she can be at her best and optimize time for her kids, the planet, and most importantly, for herself.
As a working mom, the comfort and security of my family is my top priority. With a college student and a middle schooler at home, our needs vary widely, so I decided to use Brilliant in order to integrate my home devices and facilitate morning routines. To get my youngest one to school, I hit the morning setting on the touchpad–it wakes him up with his self-curated playlist, brightens his windows, and, because of multi-room control and streaming, it’s all done without waking my oldest. (Thankfully for me, it starts the coffee pot as well.) While I’m dropping him off, I can rest assured that my system will let me know when packages are dropped off or if my daughter goes out for a run.
Save the planet (and save money)
Smart home technology is set up to minimize my consumption of energy. The electricity bill is smaller—more importantly, so is my carbon footprint. Through the implementation of timed lighting, motion sensors, remote management, and accessibility through my smart device, worrying over whether or not I left the kitchen light on is in the past.
My smart home knows I don’t like harsh sunlight on the weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, I would leave my shades drawn until I decided to get up and let some light in. Then I learned about smart glasses from Halio, and I decided to have them installed. They tint naturally and look incredibly streamlined. If I want an early Saturday morning with some yoga and chai tea, it just takes one move to override my preset morning preferences so I can have a sunny and spicy start to my day.
If I could think up a perfect indoor ambiance—it’d be a cozy 71 degrees during the day, my allergies wouldn’t ever act up, there wouldn’t be that one room that is arbitrarily much colder than the rest, and at night it would be a bit cooler. With self-regulating temperatures, my daughter’s bedroom isn’t reminiscent of an igloo, and I no longer wake up puffy-faced and stuffy. In this era of ever-present Zoom calls with my face on constant display, that is absolutely golden.
Typically, I don’t have an eye for home decor—I mean, I might know what a mid-century credenza is, but I wouldn’t know how to pick the right one for my home–that’s why I have an interior designer. When I opted for an integrated home, small details like the thermostat, alarm system, TV display, speakers, light switches, and even the lights themselves, ceased to appear clunky or ill-placed. They blend seamlessly with the furniture and art, creating a sophisticated touch; not only do they enhance my life, but they also elevate my space.
Honestly, I don’t know who stops to think about how much time is spent manually shutting off lights, drawing curtains, setting up the alarm, or adjusting the temperature—I didn’t, until I was given an alternative. At the touch of a button, I can have my home ready for impromptu guests or a romantic night in. It’s the small things, once they’re taken care of, that make you wonder how you could’ve lived your life otherwise.
Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.
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