Searching for a way to make your home smarter? There are dozens of devices to choose from today, but which smart home technologies are actually useful? Here is a hint, it is not that Wi-Fi-enabled toaster you saw online. From smart thermostats that can save you money on utility bills to security systems that safeguard your home from would-be criminals, there are practical smart home choices that can actually make your life more comfortable and easier. Here are three smart devices to consider adding to your home.
Lighting How Your Like It
Control the light and create the perfect ambiance throughout your home with Philips Hue. With the smart control setting you can customize the lighting in your home and control it with a remote touch or even your voice. Philips Hue allows you to wake up to simulated sunlight each morning, it can set the tone for any occasion with over 16 million colors to choose from, and with Philips Hue geolocation, the lights in your house will welcome you home via remote sensors. The personal wireless lighting system works with a range of different smart devices, from Amazon Alexa to Apple HomeKit, so you can control the light in your home with your favorite device.
Home Security for Peace of Mind
A smart investment for the safety of your home and family, a Wi-Fi-enabled home security system can protect what you care about most, all while giving your peace of mind, whether youâ€™re home or away. With a wireless home security system you can check-in on your home and view a live feed no matter where you are; security monitoring has never been easier. A wire-free security camera system can be installed both indoors and outdoors, and best of all you donâ€™t have to worry about hiding wires or fretting over where you will plug them in. The system also features a wire-free DVR that is capable of storing years of motion-based footage. It is a relatively small investment for the safety of your entire family and the home you have built.
Optimal Heating and Cooling Every Day
A smart thermostat can save you up to 23 percent on your utility bill, according to research from the company ecobee. Traditional thermostats only read the temperature in one place, which is usually the hallway. This can make other rooms feel uncomfortable. With a smart thermostat like the ecobee4 and a series of sensors, you can keep your entire home heated or cooled to your preference. The sensors can even tell if there are people in the room, and it heats and cools accordingly. The ecobee4 is equipped with with Amazon Alexa voice service for hands-free control. And, even if you are not at your thermostat, you can control the temperature setting in your home directly from your smartphone or Apple Watch. The Energy Star-certified smart thermostat can even sense when you are away and will automatically override its setting to maximize savings, because we all forget to adjust the thermostat when we leave for work each day.
Donâ€™t sweat the costs of having a smart home. With the addition of a wireless home security system, smart thermostat, and voice-controlled lighting, you can have the smartest home on the block.