Technology is permeating every aspect of our lives. Smart home devices not just for the tech guru anymore! These smart devices are transforming the homes of families all over the world. It’s time to step up your home tech game with one (or all) of these must-have smart gadgets for the home:
1. Smart Speakers
Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve probably heard of at least one of the many smart speakers. Some of the most popular include Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and the newer Apple HomeKit. These devices can control smart devices around your home with your simple verbal command. If you have smart lights or smart plugs, you never need to hit the lights again. Need to turn off the lights in the dining room? Tell your your smart speaker and be on your way. Need to turn on the lamp upstairs? Let Alexa (or Google Home, or whichever smart speaker you choose) handle that. They’re a must-have accessory for the home tech aficionado. Even if your home isn’t completely “smart,” these smart speakers are great at settling trivia disputes in the family, volunteering a quick recipe, and even providing entertainment with quizzes, music, and more!
2. Smart Thermostats
What make a thermostat “smart”? Well, the fact that you can control it remotely is one huge factor. It’s going to be an unseasonably warm day, but you left the house in a rush and forgot to to turn on the AC. What about Fido? Keep your furry loved ones cool and comfortable by having the ability to check in on the actual temperature of your home at all times. Another great reason to have a smart thermostat is to save energy! Everyone wants to lower their bill, and these smart devices learn how and when to keep you comfortable, therefore conserving unnecessary energy. Nest, a popular brand of smart thermostat, claims to pay for itself in just two years!
3. Smart Doorbell Cameras
Long gone are the days of wondering who is at the door. If you are away from home, you will receive a notification that someone is at your door. You can then view a live stream of your front porch to see who’s there. If you’re home alone and aren’t expecting visitors, then hearing a doorbell can be a little unnerving. Forget trying to peer through the peephole in the door. Grab your smartphone, and see exactly who’s there. An extra perk? It catches any ding-dong-ditchers red-handed!
4. Smart Plugs
As previously mentioned, smart plugs allow you to turn any device into a “smart” device! Plug that beautiful antique lamp into the smart plug, and you can control your lamp from your mobile device! You can even program these plugs to operate on a timer. Want the lamp to turn on at precisely 5 pm, so you’re not fumbling in the darkness to get through the door? There’s a smart plug for that! Any woman knows that the worst thought to have while you’re at work is, “Did I unplug my curling iron?” Let that thought haunt you no more — simply turn the plug off from your smartphone!
5. Smart Locks
Did you leave the house in a rush and forget to lock the door behind you? No worries! With a smart lock, the door will automatically lock behind you and unlock when you are approaching. You can even control the lock remotely. Did you forget to give your friend a key? No worries — You can let anyone in (or keep anyone out) with just the simple touch of a button on your mobile device.
Whether you find these smart home gadgets to be practical, convenient, or maybe just fun to show off to friends and family, we hope you find the perfect balance of technology and function in your home!