What does it mean to have a Smart Home?

New technology is announced every year to enhance the modern home, but what does it mean to have a smart home? Do you have to build a new place from scratch or remodel your home in order to obtain one?

In essence, a smart home features connected devices, such as locks or lights, that you can control through your voice, phone, tablet or computer. Making your house a smart home is easier than you think. In fact, it doesn’t have to be a costly, one-time investment either. DIY smart home systems, such as Iris, allow you to customize and grow your connected devices to fit your changing needs.


How can I start creating a smart home?

For starters, you don’t need to buy a new house. Enhance your current home with a few connected devices at a time. At the core of your smart home you’ll have a hub, which operates as the brain of your smart home system, keeping you in touch with connected devices in your home. By connecting your different Iris compatible smart products you can access and control them all from the Iris app.  You can get one device at a time or purchase a starter kit which includes all the essentials you’ll need.



How expensive is it to own a smart home?

You can invest in an Iris hub and a starter pack for under $200. Each starter pack includes the devices you’ll need for automation, lighting or security. From there, you can choose from over 100 connected devices at your own pace. In fact, you’ll find that automating your home through connected lights, thermostats and other devices will help manage energy costs.


What are the benefits of owning a smart home?

A smart home system helps build a closer relationship to your home. Just a few of the many benefits include:

  • Saving on energy costs by managing and monitoring your home
  • Protecting what matters most through a custom security system
  • Assistance in caring for elder family members or children
  • Automating your morning or evening routines to get out the door faster
  • Managing your home on-the-go



It’s easier and more affordable than ever to upgrade your house to a functioning smart home. Learn more about the endless smart home possibilities with Iris at irisbylowes.com.