Wait, can smart home technology stop the corona virus? Of course not. However, it is interesting to look at how advancements in smart home and automation technology can help us mitigate the effect of the outbreak.
So before you spam the comment box with some cynical comments about us taking the seriousness of the pandemic for granted, let’s dive into how smart home technology can be beneficial in countering the effects of the COVID-19.
If you have a business home or a place with too many visitors or guests, your light switches would be a party spot for germs. People come in, scratch their nose, switch on the toilet lights, switch them off, and so on – you get the idea. Having automated lighting is helpful as they get turned on and off by motion detection. Also, you can control them with your smartphone, so no need to touch, thus, no contact, and no spread.
You might not use thermostat switches as much as the light ones, but in spring and fall, when the weather is mercurial, the use of thermostat switches increases. Someone coming from the outside would want to turn the air up to dry the sweat, and then turn the heat up after a while when it seems cold. Having remote-controlled thermostats, just like lights, help you restrict the contamination.
Amazon Alexa or Google Hub can do a lot more than just playing music; they can lower the curtains, dim lights, turn on/off fans, and a lot more. Furthermore, you can use these smart hubs to make a phone call and order items online. Having smart hubs placed throughout the house creates an excellent gateway of communication, and you can live in your home without possibly touching anything at all.
Smart door locks
The epicenter of germs in your house is arguably your main door. Your visitors might not touch the light or thermostat switches, but they’ll surely come in contact with the door handle. Moreover, a typical door handle has more germs than a toilet seat, so it is the last thing you want your kids and yourself to touch.
And let’s suppose your plumber or painter does not mind getting infected from the virus and visits you during the pandemic. With a remote door lock, you can isolate yourself in your room, open the door from your smartphone, and close it when he leaves – no contact required.
No, nobody is touching your security cameras, but they can be of great help in avoiding the spread. For instance, you have quarantined yourself and your family, but some crazy dude in your neighborhood starts ringing your bell. Instead of protecting yourself with masks and glasses (which do not guarantee 100% protection), you can simply look with the help of your security cameras, and decide whether to open the gate or not.
We don’t claim smart home technology can get rid of the virus or stop it, but what we can guarantee is the fact that it can make your social distancing more effective and effortless.
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