Smart Home technology is ever evolving! There are many ways you can incorporate smart technology into your everyday living. Most of these devices can be controlled from your smart phone, no matter where you are. In fact, much of the devices can be voice controlled! Whatever your comfort level is with technology, we have ideas for you.
The most important thing to remember when setting up any technology in your home is to manage all devices on a secure home wifi network. This will ensure that your information stays private.
First, start small to see if smart technology fits your lifestyle. Some ideas are light bulbs that you can control with your smart phone or smart plugs that can be set with a timer. Smart lights are a great idea because they are all LED's, so they use less electricity than other light bulbs. Smart plugs can do everything from turning on and off lights to starting your coffee machine for you every morning!
Another easy smart home technology to adopt is the smart thermostat. There are many wonderful options on the market, just make sure to choose one that melds seamlessly with the existing technology in your life. Smart thermostats can help save you money on your energy bill and can be controlled remotely.
For smart home novices, try a voice control device such as the Google Home or Amazon Echo. Not only can these devices control your smart lights, but they can play music, help you shop online or review your schedule for the day! Additionally, security devices such as cameras or video doorbells can really add a lot of peace of mind. These cameras can be mounted outside or inside the home and monitored from your tv, phone, or computer. Smart locks are also becoming more and more popular. You can lock or unlock your doors from your phone and grant one-time access to pet sitters or delivery people.
If you are looking to completely immerse yourself in all the most state of the art smart home technology, start with a smart home hub that can control all your devices and helps devices communicate with each other. Consider smart smoke detectors, smart appliances and universal remotes that are controlled from your phone!
There are so many interesting products on the market that it is hard to know what to do first! But hopefully these suggestions give you somewhere to start, if you are starting from scratch. Before you buy, read user reviews and make sure you get devices that are "friendly" with one another!