If you have not automated your home, then you are behind in time because many homes have embraced the smart home technologies. These include smart bulbs, smart doorbells, smart thermostats, and more.
1. Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat connects to your home’s boiler to control hot water and heating. This gadget allows you to turn it on and change settings from its screen. You can also do all this from your Android or iOS device through an app. It lets you plan a schedule, or you can allow it to learn your schedule. If you are away and you have left the heating on, it will turn it off automatically.
When going back home from work, you can turn the thermostat on using your smartphone so that the house can be warm when you get home. A thermostat can aid in saving electricity bills by controlling the use of the heating system. Some offer messages to keep you updated on your
2. Smart Bulb
One company that has been a leader in smart bulbs is Philips. When you get their starter kit, you get a bridge unit, which links to your router as well as three white bulbs. The technology allows you to plan for your lighting or gently turn your morning lights to achieve a sunrise impact. In case you are on holiday, and your neighbor calls you to say you never switched your lights off, you can do it from your smartphone. You can also connect it to a smart home system.
3. Smart Doorbell
This video bell sticks on your door, and it triggers your current doorbell upon being pressed. You can choose to connect it wirelessly to the home’s Ring Chime Bell. When there is a ring on your door, you instantly get a notification, and you can directly speak to the visitor through a speaker and a microphone. It consists of a dual face metallic plate and removed rechargeable battery. It also has a feature for recording videos for up to two months.
4. Smart Smoke Alarm
This carbon dioxide and smoke alarm is elegant and smart. It has an inbuilt smart sensor that can differentiate between steam and smoke. As opposed to the unpleasant noise and shrill produced by a majority of smoke alarms, a smart smoke alarm warns you in a speech before the alarm can go off. It also sends an alert to your smartphone, and you can know if your house is on fire from miles away.
The device can either be battery-powered or wired. For a battery-powered smart smoke alarm, you will get an alert when there is a need to replace the battery as opposed to an abrupt alarm. A smart smoke alarm and a smart thermostat can connect and work together such that the thermostat switches off the heating then the smoke alarm detects smoke.
5. Smart Power Switch
This is another home automation device. A smart power switch plugs into your regular socket before plugging your fan, light, kettle, or anything electronic into the switch. Instead of stressing to turn off the switch when you are through, you can say some pre-set words, and it turns off.
It is easy to install and allows for monitoring of energy consumption. The smart power switch can turn your lights on when it senses movements at the door. It allows you to control it through your app and you can turn it on or off remotely.
6. Smart Security Camera
This can be in many forms, including a smooth aluminum cylinder like Google’s Netatmo. A smart security camera has a face recognition feature that allows video recording to turn off upon recognizing familiar faces. It stores data both locally and on the cloud. Netatmo removes the need to subscribe, and you store your data on your Dropbox account. It also has excellent night vision.
Smart home technology has made home tasks easy, cheaper, and secure. Once you incur the initial cost of purchasing the technology, you will only need to incur the maintenance costs such as a home warranty and energy bill, which are very low.