When you think of the technology that you have in your house, what do you think of? While most would say their television, smart phone, computer, or tablet, it may not be long until we think of the house itself as being on the cutting edge of technology. Below are four ways to make your home smarter.
Programmable thermostats are so 1986, what you want is a thermostat that adapts to your lifestyle without you having to tell it what to do. Several thermostats on the market today learn your patterns and adjust the temperature to keep you comfortable when you are home and save you money while you are away. Popular smart thermostats from Nest and Honeywell will cost you $150 and more, but the potential savings can pay for these in a relatively short amount of time. Still not convinced? Many utility companies have rebates for installing smart thermostats in your home, further reducing the cost of the product.
The age old question of, “did I remember to lock the door when I left?” is about to be rendered obsolete when you install smart locks on your home. With a smart locks on your doors you have the ability to see the locked/unlocked status of any doors in your home from any internet-connected device. You can lock and unlock your doors at the push of a button. Have a repairman coming and you can’t be around? Issue them a temporary door code. Have a kid who gets home from school before you arrive home from work. Never worry about them losing their key and issue them a personal code. Furthermore, you can set the doors to automatically lock once they are inside so that you know your kids are safe and sound. This is one piece of smart home tech that can deliver peace of mind.
There are few things more aggravating than having an arm full of groceries and walking into a dark home. With smart lights set up throughout your home, you can automate them to turn on automatically at a set time or when you walk into a room. And, just like your smart locks, you can control these from any internet-connected device. Smart lights are also useful for when you are out of town. Criminals aren’t always the brightest, but it doesn’t take a mastermind to see that the same lights are on 24/7, or the same lights turn on and off at the same time every day. Smart lights allow you to turn all of your lights on or off at the flick of a switch and keep would-be criminals on their toes and out of your home.
In the dark ages of smart home technology each smart item had its own control interface. Use this app to control the lights, and this one for the locks, and this one for the thermostat, and this one for the vacuum, and...you get the idea. Luckily for you, those days are a thing of the past. Companies like Amazon, Google, Logitech, Samsung, and many more have hubs that tie in a host of smart technologies, from different manufacturers, into one neat and easy to use application. Most even offer voice control. Devices like these truly make smart home features available to the masses.
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