Daylight savings, or as it is fondly called, DST, is the practice of forwarding the clock during warmer months, as at this period, the darkness falls only on a later clock time. The historical intention of DST was to adapt agricultural society to the varying daylight patterns of warm and cold months. It also progressively adopted the industrial society and later by corporate society to give more time of sunlight to their populace. But before we dive into the Smart home efficiency during these periods and recommend our tips to tweak for your better suitability, let us digress and have a look at the history of clocks. A brief history lesson will bring us clarity in a full circle and is a fun piece of information to have.
The first known history of a clock came in the form of a sundial by Egyptians, which indicated the time using the light spot or shadow on the reference scale cast by the position of the sun. But the first real exposure to a mechanical clock, which proved to be more accurate, happened in 1656 with the pendulum clock. The next big invention was quartz in 1927, which could tell the time upto about half a second per day. The atomic clock then followed it in 1948, proving to be the most accurate clock in existence, only to be surpassed a couple of decades after by the hydrogen master clock in 1960. But now, who controls the Australian time zone? Each state in Australia follows one of the three time zones: Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
And in the first week of October, considering the beginning of the Australian Summer, the clock is set one hour further in states such as New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, and Norfolk Island. The new time zone will then last till the last Sunday of March, changing most of the sleep patterns and routines. Fortunately, the changing routine comes easier to Smart Homeowners. As you go through this article you will learn how to prepare your smart home for DST with our recommended tweaks, tips, and smart home devices.
What Smart devices to reschedule and how?
The first and no-brainer of our tip is to reschedule, realign or reset the clocks in your smart home devices to the new time zone. Every smart home device of yours comes with a built-in clock to perform its task in automation. Some smart devices are even smart enough to reset their clock automatically based on their surroundings and situations. At the same time, some devices do need manual resetting to be done on their clock to continue their function as desired in the new time zone change. For starters, you have to make sure that you reset three of these smart home devices listed below and then go from there.
Sprinklers should be the first clock to be reset, as you don’t want to forget your plants. Much like other Smart home devices, setting and resetting irrigation time for your lawn in a smart sprinkler system is pretty easy and can be said to be a mere inconvenience. Smart sprinkler brands like Rachio, Orbit, and Wyze have excellent automation options, and setting the desired time for your plants to irrigate is the only thing they ask of you.
Smart Home Security System
Your home security system is another equally important smart device that needs to be on time every time. From automatic locks to smart security cameras, from smart security monitors to smart alarms, everything should be fed the correct, exact time zone you are practicing. Otherwise, security systems running in the wrong time zone can create visceral confusion. Brands like Vivint, ADT, and Abode, etc., provide maximum security to your smart home with their home security systems. You just need to set the correct time for them to improve clarity.
Amazon Echo Dot
It is easy to miss the whole DST shift and wake late to work, much like most Aussies have found themselves in. This can be avoided by making sure that your Amazon Echo is optimized effectively on date and time to adapt to DST and thereby have a timely alarm. If you haven’t already, you can use the Alexa app and go to settings, and then to date & time where you should change the device time zone to your correct Australian time zone or make sure that the automatic option is turned on the same.
Smart home devices that will help you cope with the time zone change
When clocks are all set, and your smart home is ready for the daylight time zone, you still have to prepare one more real important machinery, Yourself! We are creatures of our habit, and we work intuitively. Most things we do are because of habit, waking up four in the morning or going to the gym after we are awake – all of these are habits. But it takes effort to build these habits, and it is where some of the really cool smart home devices can help you. Below are two fantastic choices of smart home devices that will help you cope with the new time zone.
Philips hue bulbs – to inform the dusk
We, as people of nature, and our brains are wired to work during the light and sleep at dusk (circadian rhythm). But this can be complicated with bright lights. Glowing lights even at dusk would trick our brain and make it believe it to be the day. You can solve this problem by installing Philips hue bulbs and dimmer switches. For integration between the bulbs and dimmer switches, the bridge should be used. This allows you to automatically dim the light without your involvement. Set the bulbs to automatically dim at dusk so your mind will be ready to go to bed on time.
Atomi Smart Coffee Maker
If you have to trick your brain anywhere, making it awake with an aromatic well-brewed coffee in the morning is the correct spot. Atomi’s smart coffee maker can help you get tasty coffee based on your preference quickly and easily. The automation feature of the device will make the coffee for you when you even place yourself in the bed, away from the coffee machine. This coffee machine works on wifi, and you can use the product app to remote control it. Thereby be wide awake you enjoy your whole day.
To Wrap It Up
Daylight saving time zone shift has reached us Aussies as October turns three. While, you and your smart home can be better prepared for DST with our recommended tweaks, tips, and strategies. Further, with the help of certain cool smart home devices, you can be adapted to the new routine in no time. So it goes without saying that it is the best time to install a few more smart devices into your dream smart home.
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