Smart home technology is not only cool but can also come in very handy while making day to day life a whole lot simpler. From making grocery shopping easier to supplying you with a fully integrated home security system, there is something for every home and every budget.
Here are 4 examples of smart home technology that can make your life easier.
1. Smart lighting
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Smart lighting allows you to turn lights on and off at the touch of a button or by way of voice activation when using a digital assistant (such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home.) Smart bulbs look similar to normal lightbulbs but connect to your home wi-fi system. Not only is smart lighting handy when you can’t be bothered to get off the sofa to switch the lights on and off, but is also a great addition when you aren’t home.
If, for example, you are on vacation for a few days, you can switch your lights on and off remotely, or if it’s your child’s bedtime you can switch their bedside light on before venturing upstairs. Smart lighting isn’t essential by any means, but once you have it, it’s unlikely you will want to go back to using conventional methods.
2. Smart thermostat
A smart thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your home via your mobile phone. Many thermostats also store historic data regarding your heating preferences and, if programmed to do so, can automatically adjust the temperature of your rooms.
How many times have you been at work and realized that you forgot to set the heating timer? With a smart thermostat, it needn’t be an issue. You can switch your heating to your desired temperature using the relevant app, and your property will be warm by the time you get home.
3. Smart home security
There are various options to choose from when it comes to smart home security. You may just want a smart doorbell with video monitoring, or wireless monitored alarm system to give you peace of mind that your home and family will be protected in the event of an intruder. Perhaps you would rather have a fully integrated home automation system that allows you to control all of your security devices, heating, and other smart appliances from one centralized hub.
If you aren’t sure what would be best suited for your home, it’s worth talking to a security specialist who can talk you through the various products and applications available.
4. Shopping lists, timers, and reminders
If you have a digital assistant such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, you can use them to make things a lot easier when it comes to shopping lists, meal planning, and other home associated tasks. Next time you run out of something in the kitchen, just tell your digital assistant to add it to your shopping list.
A similar scenario applies in terms of an ongoing to-do list. Whether you have run out of bananas or need a reminder to take your child to the dentist, everything you tell your digital assistant will be stored in lists that can be instantly accessed via your mobile phone.
If you are cooking multiple dishes and need help with timings, you can set as many alarms and timers as you need, and your digital assistant will alert you when your times are up.
Smart home technology is not only fun to use but can make everyday tasks a lot less mundane. If you haven’t yet ventured into this ever-evolving world, it might be worthwhile giving it a go and establishing which smart products could enhance, improve, and make your life a whole lot easier.