Home automation products
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.
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
5. Smart thermostats
Not only do these save you money by being
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.
Can I install smart home technology myself or do I need a professional’s help?
This will depend on your comfort level and needs. Many smart devices are easy to set up yourself. However, if you’re not sure which or how many devices you need for your home, there are professional services available. For example, our partners at
Will installing smart home products lower my insurance premium?
Not necessarily. Although some insurance providers may offer a discount for having an alarm system, you’ll need to check with your insurer to see if this is something they provide and what the qualifications are. Even if they don’t provide a direct savings on your home premium, smart home technology can help to reduce the chance of a loss (or the amount of damage caused by a loss), which can help with your insurance. This is because keeping a claims free record can help you to
Are my smart home devices covered by my home policy?
If you own your smart home device, depending on the reason for the loss or damage, it can be covered under your home policy as a personal belonging. Just keep in mind that if you do need to make a claim, you’ll need to provide
What information is this smart home technology gathering?
How can I protect my information?
It’s important to protect what information these smart systems are gathering (especially because it’s in your home) to reduce any risk around potential identity fraud. Managing your profile or account with these systems is a good start – make sure you’re familiar with how they collect information and where you need to limit your data collection. One thing to consider if you’re concerned about protecting your data is that devices that are hard-wired to the Internet (meaning they use an Ethernet cable to connect to a network, for example) are more secure than devices that use your personal Wi-Fi network. Another good tip would be to use a strong password to protect any data stored in the apps that these systems connect to, which will deter any hackers out there.
Even when all of these precautions are taken,
Smart home devices can add a lot of convenience to your everyday life, as well as
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