Smart Home Technology
We have smartphones, smart computers, and now, we can have smart homes. A few years ago smart home technology was new, but it’s had some time to drop in price and improve in both function and quality. Here are some of the current tech options you might want to add to your home.
By now, you’ve probably seen several surveillance cameras and apps on the market. But, there’s more to smart surveillance than just security cameras. Not sure who is at the front door? A smart doorbell can alert you to who may be knocking, and allow you to respond whether or not you’re home. Smart motion sensor floodlights can light up your driveway, front porch, or yard, if motion is triggered, and alert you to the source of motion. You can also choose to have a smart lock, which can allow you to monitor when your door is unlocked, and allows unique passwords so you know who opened the door. There are several do-it-yourself smart security systems to choose from, as well as options for professionally installed and monitored systems, which can all be connected to an app on your smartphone to bring peace of mind no matter where you are. Two of the top rated professional smart security systems are installed and monitored by ADT and by Vivint. For those who want a choice, Simplisafe and Abode can be DIY or professionally installed. And Ring is a fully DIY system.
Convenience and Energy
Not only can you use smart technology to secure your home, you can also use it to make everyday things more convenient or energy efficient. If you just left on a week-long trip and forgot to turn the heater down to save energy while you’re away, with a smart thermostat you can simply change the temperature from your phone. These smart thermostats also allow you to set energy saving preferences to save money in the long term. The list of smart technology for inside homes is almost endless, with smart TVs, sound systems, and voice assistants like Alexa or Echo. There are are smart outlets that you can control from your phone, smart lightbulbs, and even pet cameras and treat dispensers so you can make sure your furry friend is happy while you’re away at work.
Kitchen, Appliances, and Cleaning
The list doesn’t end with security and convenience. Smart appliances are becoming more popular, like a refrigerator that can tell you the weather or show you how to prepare a meal with ingredients you have, or an oven you can set for precision cooking and monitor the temperature remotely. Smart coffee makers, microwaves, air fryers, InstantPots, and the list goes on and on. Whatever you need, there’s probably a smart version of it. A robotic vacuum or mop can keep your floors clean, and even self-empty and recharge to minimize your workload. With so many smart options to help improve your home inside and out, it’s worth taking a look at smart option when you’re looking to buy!