The whole idea of having a smart home is to make life easier. Automating and controlling as much as you can in the home without so much as having to lift a finger is the going trend these days. So, what exactly constitutes a smart home, you ask?
A smart home is always connected through technology. It’s automation at its finest. It means being able to get the information we need or completing daily tasks without having to get off the couch. That’s what a smart home is.
So, what kinds of devices should your smart home have? Below, we discuss several of the hottest and most helpful smart home devices on the market today.
1. Smart Wi-Fi
You can’t have a truly smart home without good Wi-Fi, and unfortunately, the Wi-Fi routers you get from your Internet provider just don’t cut it, especially if your home is large.
Enter: the Eero, a mesh Wi-Fi system designed to spread a Wi-Fi signal throughout your home so there are no dead spots. No smart home is complete without an adequate Wi-Fi signal, and the Eero is the answer.
2. Smart Hub
At the core of any smart home is a smart hub. There are two popular brands on the market today, and you should choose the one that works best with your other smart home devices. If you’re a fan of Amazon products, the various Amazon Echo devices are a great choice. If you’re more of a Google aficionado, the Google Nest may be more your style. Either way, these devices allow you to connect and control all your smart home devices as well as to conduct a wide range of tasks and activities besides.
3. Smart Locks
While the traditional door locks on your home are probably secure enough, you can get so much more in terms of security and functionality if you swap them out for smart locks.
Smart locks do more than just lock your doors. They connect with an app on your phone, which enables you to allow or restrict entry on an individual basis, as well as keep track of who’s coming and going at any given time of the day or night. You can even receive notifications when someone enters your home.
4. Smart Sound
For the utmost in superior surround sound acoustics in your home, investing in a smart sound system is a must. With built-in Alexa functionality, there’s no need for a remote as you can simply call out your demands for higher volume or more bass as you see fit.
5. Smart Temperature Control
Want to save a few bucks on your energy bill? Then install a smart home thermostat. Designed to give you full control over your home’s temperature, these thermostats don’t just allow you to turn the temperature up and down. They also allow you to adjust settings from anywhere you are via a smartphone app, and they often include things like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, too. According to a study conducted by Google Nest, customers who installed their version of the smart thermostat saved an average of 10-15 percent on their heating and cooling bills overall.