Any device that has internet access and lets you control it remotely or automatically is smart. Therefore, to make your home smarter, you can start replacing your existing devices and home appliances with their “smarter” cousins. In this article, we will give you some ideas that will help you start converting your home into a smart home, sooner than you thought it was possible, so let’s begin.
An entryway into smart home lighting
Ever since Philips introduced Hue back in 2012, it became the gold standard of smart home lighting. These light bulbs and LED lamps won’t let you down as they are reliable and long-lasting. Over time, Philips Hue has developed an excellent price/quality ratio, as it is one of the most reliable smart home lighting systems we have today.
Hue lets you set the color temperature and intensity of your bulbs. You can use smart home features to automate the lighting in your house completely. When it comes to smart home lighting, it doesn’t get easier than Philips Hue. Using Hue is an easy way to jumpstart your introduction into smart home devices.
Smart thermostat essentials
While smart lights are convenient and do save you money in the long run, a smart thermostat like the Nest Learning Thermostat can save you so much more. Combine this with smart home blinds, and you will maximize your savings, letting the sunlight in during the winter, or keeping it out during the summer heat.
Having your heating automated will always keep your room at the desired temperature for the ultimate comfort. With the companion mobile app, you will be able to customize the thermostat to be just the way you want it. Intelligent features like voice control will make the experience even easier to use, and you won’t have to leave your comfy and warm bed to turn the heating on. The on-board finger tap display is immaculate and easy to understand, and so are the mobile phone and browser apps.
Smart door locks and doorbell cameras - a smart way to stay safe
While smart lights are convenient, and smart thermostats will save you money, door locks like August, and Nuki smart door lock systems and the Nest smart doorbell cameras will put your home security to a new level.
Smart locks are incredibly handy as you don’t have to worry about losing your keys ever again. But, they also let you give guest access remotely and also see who is trying to get in, all that from your mobile phone app.
Smart doorbell cameras let you see the person who is ringing in HD, and they also have some advanced audio features such as noise and echo cancelation, that will let you hear them even if it’s noisy outside. They also have night vision typically, which will allow you to monitor the door even if it’s pitch black. These are handy and very cool devices that will make your home smarter and safer.
Bottom line: start converting your home step by step
There are many other smart home devices you can buy, but starting with something as simple as a smart doorbell is a great way to introduce yourself to the technology. You don’t need to invest thousands of dollars all at once, and you can do things gradually.
Explore the world of smart devices, and when your budget allows, invest in a light bulb or two, or some smart blinds. In no time at all, you will start living a 21st century smart home life, controlling everything in your hose from your mobile screen.