With so many smart home products on the market (and more coming out all the time), it can be hard to know where to start. Check out these 8 types of smart home devices to begin (or continue on) your home automation journey:
1. Smart smoke and CO2 detectors
These updated detectors last longer than their battery operated equivalents, and can even test themselves. They’re connected to your phone to let you know if you’re just burning toast in the kitchen, or if there’s an actual emergency. This means that it can tell you what room smoke is coming from, and will even notify the whole family at once.
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2. Smart doorbells, locks and cameras
These systems are also connected to your phone, making your front door visible at all times. Smart locks (which can include deadlocks and padlocks) allow you to lock your doors remotely. They also track activity so you can see who has entered or exited your home and when. They make it easier than ever to protect your home from theft – you can even prevent your packages from getting taken from your doorstep! You can also use smart cameras to monitor more than just the outside of your house. Indoor cameras can help to keep you in the loop of what’s going on at home. Smart cameras (both inside and out) can also include a two-way voice feature – letting you chat with whoever’s at your house.
3. Smart alarm systems
Disable alarms, change them from “stay” to “away,” or set your alarm all from your phone. With smart alarm systems there are even options to get notified if any windows or doors are opened, and recognize if it’s your four-legged friends walking around the house. These updated systems also have less intrusive alarm sounds – just in case someone sets it off by accident. However, if something does happen while you’re out, you’ll be notified right to your phone so you can handle the situation right away.
4. Flood sensors
These systems – which are fairly inexpensive – can save you thousands of dollars in potential water damage. Flood sensors detect temperature and water levels to notify you (you guessed it), right to your phone if there’s risk of a flood or if cold temperatures could cause your pipes to freeze. This can help you to take quick action to protect your home from a flood.
5. Smart thermostats
Not only do these save you money by being more energy efficient (they can lower the temperature while you’re away from home or sleeping), they also warn you if the temperature drops too much or if the power goes out.
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6. Smart lights
Smart light bulbs (and smart switches) give you remote control over your home’s lighting, which means you’ll be able to control your lights via your phone. Not only do you no longer have to get up to switch a light off, but you can also set a schedule for your lights for when you’re not home – adding extra security.
7. Smart garage doors
Control opening and closing your garage doors from your phone, get reminders when you’ve left doors open, control who can automatically open and close them, and even monitor them with a video stream. All from one app on your phone!
8. Voice assistants
These systems consolidate all of your smart home tech into one, so you can control everything from your alarm system to your smoke detector with voice commands.
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