What is a smart home? That seemingly simple question has many different answers, depending on whom you ask. In short, a “smart home” is a residence equipped with a number of devices that automate tasks normally handled by humans. Some are built into the structure itself and some added later, and homeowners operate them with applications, voice commands, automation, or using artificial intelligence. When you hear the word smart home your mind may go in several different directions ranging from a house alarm system to Alexa or Google or automated lighting. A smart home offers convenience and safety and also customizes personal preferences, needs, and budget.