Want to make your home smarter? Not so long ago, smart homes were considered futuristic, complicated and expensive. Now, anybody can take advantage of the latest smart home technology. Let’s look at 10 easy ways to transform your own home into a smart home.
10 Ways to Transform Your Home Into a Smart Home
1. Begin With Smart Speakers
A smart speaker is a basic smart home feature that can integrate with many other advanced features such as smart lighting, security, temperature control and other systems. One of the first things to consider before choosing a brand and model is to make sure everything is compatible. Before buying Google Nest, Amazon Echo or another system, decide which eco-system you prefer.
2. Install A Smart Thermostat
Temperature control is one of the most convenient uses for smart technology. Many models, such as Google Nest, integrate with voice assistants so you can just tell the thermostat your preferred temperature.
3. Install a Security Camera
The safety of your home and family is always a priority. With a security camera, you can monitor any part of your house and property. You can also monitor your home while you’re at work or on vacation. You can choose among many models and features, such as WiFi-operated cameras with motion-activated lights.
4. Always Know Who is Ringing the Bell
A video doorbell can be used in conjunction with or instead of a security camera. A smart doorbell lets you know who’s at the door before you answer it. With models such as the Ezviz DB1C, you can also get alerts to let you know when someone rings the bell while you’re away.
5. Control Your Lighting With Smart Bulbs
A smart light bulb helps you conserve energy as you can program them from your smartphone. You can also adjust the brightness and even the color to your preferences.
6. Invest in Home Safety
Many smart devices can keep you safe from hazards such as fire, carbon monoxide leaks and floods. For example, there are water leak detectors that will automatically turn off the water in your home if there’s a leak. This can be a great relief when you’re away. Similarly, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will send you phone alerts at the first sign of a problem.
7. Install Smart Locks
Don’t worry about losing your keys as this lock is operated from your smartphone. Models such as August Smart Locks also let you provide access for guests without having to give them a physical key.
8. Make Cleaning More Sanitary
Tired of dealing with messy trash cans? A smart can is your solution. Lids open at your command so you don’t have to touch them. You can get dual compartment models as well, one for trash and one for recycling. Some models, such as the Bruno Smartcan, even have floor suction so you can sweep dirt into the can from the floor.
9. Let a Robot Clean Your Home
An automated vacuum is one of the most fun types of smart devices. It also saves you the hassle of having to drag a traditional vacuum cleaner around the room. There are many models to choose from in various price ranges. Some are voice activated so you can simply tell the robot where to clean. Roomba and Ecovacs are among the most popular brands.
10. Make Everyday Appliances Smarter
Smart plugs are ingenious devices you can buy for around $20 that make it easy to control lights and appliances using Google Assistant, Apple, and Alexa. With smart plugs, you can transform existing appliances into smart devices as long as you have a compatible voice assistant.
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