Just about any home appliance on the market is available as a smart device these days, from televisions to refrigerators. But the truth is, you only need a handful of these devices to truly add convenience and efficiency to your life. Here is a list of popular smart home devices that will get you on your way to an automated home.
#1: Smart Speaker
We begin our journey towards smart control with the smart speaker. Modern smart speakers connect to your Wi-Fi network and link to existing smart devices such as your smartphone or TV for seamless automation and control. In addition, they feature the virtual assistant technology required to process voice commands, scan online sources, and generate a response, whether it be a vocal or action response.
For the user, this means that you don’t even have to lift a finger to complete simple tasks! Looking to start a grocery shopping list? Simply say, “Alexa, create a shopping list and add cereal to the list.” Do you need information about today’s weather? You don’t have to Google it anymore; just ask Siri. And of course, you no longer have to spend time looking for a playlist; just ask Cortana to play music by a specific artist. With smart speakers, the possibilities for automation are endless!
#2: Smart Security Camera
Trade in your outdated camera for a smart security camera! A smart security camera connects to your Wi-Fi network and transmits a real-time feed via an app or password-protected website. Some cameras are also equipped with a built-in speaker so you can respond to house guests remotely. More advanced smart camera features include facial recognition and movement detection, which allows them to distinguish between an actual threat or a normal occurrence.
The greatest benefit of a smart security camera is that it lets you be in two places at once! With real-time video and audio monitoring, you can surveil your surroundings, answer for packages, and even take preventative measures when something suspicious happens. Protecting your home and your peace of mind has never been this simple!
#3: Smart WIFI Switch
Make the switch to modern cooling and lighting with a smart light switch. A smart light switch connects to your traditional ceiling fan and combines fan speed control with a light dimmer into one compact device. Forget about those hard-to-reach pull-chains! Using the convenient push buttons, you can adjust the light brightness, modify the fan speed, and activate Sleep Breeze or Night Light modes from the comfort of your wall. This is the perfect low-cost alternative if you don’t have any wall switches and only pull chains for your exsiting AC ceiling fan. For advanced control options from anywhere in your home, such as smartphone control or voice control, you can link your modern switch to Alexa, Google Home, Siri Shortcuts, or an IOS/Android smart app.
A smart switch is the best way to go when looking to turn your dumb ceiling fan into a smart one! Convenient and compact, they give you fine-tuned control of your environment and can help you administer your home’s energy more efficiently. For example, you can easily shut off your fan when you’re ready for bed with a simple voice command or schedule the lighting to turn on first thing in the morning. The best part is that you don’t have to be an electrician to install it! It is designed for a quick and easy install and does not require a hub.
Alternatively: A voice command control fan would be a good option if your current fan is over 10 years old and needs to be replaced.
#4: Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats link to smart devices such as your smartphone or tablet so you can control your thermostat settings even when you’re not home. Newer models are also equipped with the technology to factor in other elements that may impact your home’s temperature including the weather, the number of people present, and your routine. Over time, they can pick up on your household’s programming patterns and automatically adjust without you having to manually program them.
Perfect for the busy user, smart thermostats eliminate the guesswork and time needed to properly program your thermostat for efficiency and comfort. For example, when no one is home, the thermostat will automatically turn the heating/cooling system off to save energy and money. But don’t worry! You can activate it using your smartphone 15 – 20 minutes before your arrival to find a cool and comfortable environment when you get home.
#5: Smart Home Plug
Finally, the device that will allow you to control almost any wired device remotely is the smart home plug. A smart plug connects directly to your wall outlet and simultaneously links to your smartphone via a Wi-Fi app. Any device, such as a fan, TV, or coffee maker, that is plugged into the smart plug can be turned on or off via the connecting smart app. Additionally, smart plugs are compatible with virtual assistant devices such as Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can also issue voice commands to control your appliances.
You’re going to love the extra layer of convenience and protection that smart plugs offer! For starters, you can program specific appliances to automatically turn on in the mornings to save time and effort. Or, when you forget to turn off a dangerous appliance after you’ve left your home, simply open the app, and shut off the plug remotely. With smart plugs, saving time and keeping your family safe is simple and affordable.
Everyone is looking for a little extra help around the home. Something that will help you save a few extra minutes in your busy life, so you can spend time on what truly matters. The smart gadgets mentioned above will help you get started on your journey towards a modern smart home. Scoring high on affordability and easy install, they are perfect for beginners looking to save time, money, and effort in their day-to-day. So, which gadget will you choose to help you live smarter?