Smart Home: Before You Go Shopping
You don’t have to be a Millennial or even a Gen Y to love smart home technology. Everyone enjoys the convenience—and savings—that can come from feeling more secure in your home and ultimately saving some money, too. And smart home technology can make life a whole lot easier.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can get started today.
First of all, there are many devices that can connect to your smartphone or smart home devices and can help save money, energy and time. Consider four general categories for smart home technology:
Did you know that even light bulbs can be attached to a smart system? Yes, it’s possible to turn on lights, switches and connected devices with a simple voice command! Having the ability to turn lights off and on is a great option for safety—no more traversing dark hallways in the middle of the night!
But there are many other uses for smart utilities than just lights. Interested. in saving water? There are apps that can help program your irrigation system based on the weather in your neighborhood and suggest changes accordingly.
Hands full of groceries? Consider installing a wireless keyed entry system. A code can also be shared with friends—or a trusted contractor—for onetime use to enter your home. Doorbell intercom and home security camera systems are a great safety benefit and can alert you to potential intruders near your home or even let you know that a package has been delivered.
There are smart phone apps to control your garage door, outdoor lighting and more. Remember, a well-lit home is a great deterrent for potential criminals—and controlling your lighting with your phone makes it much easier—and can often be accomplished when you are far from home!
Aside from an obvious security system, smartphone apps can alert us to other issues that may occur in our home during an absence such as a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector. Many of these apps can be configured to call for help—even when we aren’t even home!
“Hey Alexa,” has become a common phrase as more and more people use personal assistants such as Alexa, Hey Google, Siri and more. Control your television, music and look up recipes all with a simple voice command.
Still need convincing? Not only is a smart home convenient and fun, but these devices can also be a great marketing tool and can help your home stand out among the competition.
Ready to get started? It’s as easy as a visit to a local big box store or even checking out the offerings on Amazon.
Happy Smart Home Shopping!