Smart home and health: how technology can improve wellness at home

Smart home and health: how technology can improve wellness at home

In recent years, the concept of Smart Home has gained increasing popularity and significantly contributed to the evolution of the idea of “home.” The reason lies in the fact that smart home technologies offer innovative solutions for managing households and simplifying numerous daily activities.

But there's more: the Smart Home can also significantly improve residents' health and well-being by promoting living spaces that are healthier, safer, more controlled, and comfortable.

How smart devices and automations contribute to the psychophysical well-being of home residents

There are numerous ways in which smart devices and automations can support the psychophysical well-being of people living in a home, as confirmed by several studies conducted in recent years.

According to one study titled "Smart Homes Supporting the Wellness of One or Two-Person Households" published in October 2022 on the National Library of Medicine, there are at least six representative scenarios in which the Smart Home can contribute to achieving a healthier and happier life: exercise and sports; hobbies and entertainment, social communications, employment and work, self-development and education, and energy saving.

The study indicates that the Smart Home and automations can facilitate home workouts, the enjoyment of high-value cultural content, virtual sharing of many social activities, remote working (or studying), and of course, a smart home environment where energy consumption is constantly monitored and optimized.

Another study conducted in 2023 by a team of scientists from the Lawson Health Research Institute, as reported in CBC, suggests that the Smart Home could also be a formidable ally in improving the well-being of people affected by chronic conditions that affect their autonomy and independence. The study found that people living in a smart home experience a significantly greater sense of self-determination and feel better equipped not only to handle daily household tasks but also to tackle the challenges posed by their health condition.

Equally interesting is the finding from a McKinsey survey that people living in a Smart Home experience a significant increase in psychophysical well-being because they feel safer in their home environment, thanks to connected security systems, smart locks, smoke detectors, and other solutions controllable directly from an app.

Setting research aside, let's now summarize, in more general and practical terms, the main ways in which the Smart Home can make our daily lives more convenient, healthy, and happy.

Monitoring and controlling the indoor environment

Among the aspects that most affect home well-being are certainly the temperature and humidity of indoor spaces and air quality.

Thanks to the integration of air quality sensors in Smart Homes, residents can constantly monitor the presence and level of harmful substances such as fine dust, allergens, and chemical pollutants. Moreover, modern smart HVAC systems can automatically adjust temperature and humidity, creating an optimal indoor microclimate for respiratory health and overall comfort.

Promotion of physical exercise

What was once considered almost futuristic – that advanced home technologies could even help us preserve our health – now seems to have become reality.

Today, the Smart Home can promote a more active and healthy lifestyle: apps and voice assistants provide reminders for regular physical exercise, guide yoga or meditation sessions, and monitor personal progress in achieving fitness goals.

Support for mental well-being

The Smart Home can also offer support in terms of mental well-being, thanks to automations that make home environments more relaxing and secure.

A practical example? Anxious individuals will certainly feel more at ease knowing that their home utilizes connected security systems that make it less vulnerable to break-ins, while those living with significant health conditions can maintain greater autonomy through services like telemedicine and remote monitoring.

Sleep management and stress reduction

As is well known, good sleep is essential for maintaining optimal psychophysical well-being. Have you ever thought about using your Smart Home's features to optimize the quality of your nightly rest? Automation of lighting systems, for example, can promote relaxation before bedtime and create a quieter and more comfortable home environment.

Additionally, consider using smart devices that monitor sleep patterns and identify any disturbances, providing suggestions to improve sleep quality.

In summary, the Smart Home offers a wide range of possibilities that encourage self-care, independence, and social relationships, marking a significant step forward in transforming the home into an increasingly healthier, safer, and more comfortable environment.

Freedompro revolutionizes the concept of Smart Home and makes the home an oasis of well-being

With Freedompro solutions, the Smart Home also becomes an oasis of well-being thanks to the integration of the most advanced IoT technologies and smart platforms for home control and management.

Freedompro Smart Modules, operating via Wi-Fi network, transform existing appliances into connected devices and eliminate the need for additional investments because they act directly on the electrical system without the need for modernization or replacement. Installation, very easy and fast, takes place directly in the junction boxes, and the management of your new Smart Home is immediate and intuitive thanks to the Freedompro app, which allows control of all connected objects via the modules, wherever you are and at any time.

Furthermore, thanks to the creation of Habits – specific and customized automations based on your needs – maximum comfort is guaranteed: just use geolocation to create scenarios aligned with your daily routine, for example, opening the gate automatically when you arrive home, entering a home where the temperature is perfect, starting the coffee machine when you wake up, turning off lights and lowering blinds at sunset (or opening them in the morning!), and so on.

What if your home already has a KNX and BTicino MyHome home automation system, with all its limitations? Simple: integration among all IoT devices is ensured by Easykon by Freedompro, the line of bridge devices that allows KNX and BTicino MyHome automation to evolve, integrating voice commands, automations, and remote control.

Easykon (as well as Smart Modules) works with all major Smart Home ecosystems such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Home Assistant, and IFTTT, and in just a few minutes, it transforms the home automation system into a true Smart Home, increasing well-being, comfort, and convenience thanks to control of all devices from the Freedompro app.

Are you ready to design a smart home where it's truly a pleasure to live?

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