There’s no denying that home technology has moved on quite a lot in the past ten years or so. For example, you can buy huge TVs that don’t weigh a lot or require two strong people to lift. You can even go online via such TVs instead of using a computer. You’re probably reading this blog post today because you feel like your home could do with a 21st-century transformation. One way to achieve that goal is by making it a “smart” home. Check out these neat ideas to make that happen:
Are you still manually adjusting your home’s temperature by using an analog temperature dial on a wall somewhere? If so, you can have smart HVAC controls installed that let you manage your system from your smartphone – wherever you are in the world.
As you can imagine, that’s great news if you want to start your air conditioning system while you’re at work, so you can later return to an icy-cold home. Or, you might want to adjust your HVAC controls while you’re lying down in bed.
Your smart controls can even tell you if your AC system needs repair; in those cases, a 24 hour AC service company can fix any problems for you.
For some years now, it’s been possible to buy lightbulbs that you can control via Bluetooth and a smartphone app. Nowadays, you can take things a step further by making such lightbulbs part of a smart home control system.
For example, if your system detects that you are not at home, it can automatically turn some lights on at night to make it look like someone is around. Your smart home control system can even fully illuminate your driveway and garage as you drive toward it.
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are two digital assistants you’ll find in an array of smart home products. When you buy smart speakers, those digital assistants can handle all kinds of everyday tasks, from playing music to setting a timer when cooking food in the kitchen.
Digital assistants in smart speakers can also work with other technology like a compatible smart TV. Soon, you’ll discover that you can simply ask your digital assistant to do specific tasks instead of manually using remote controls or smartphone apps.
Security camera systems are undeniably excellent visual deterrents and help to protect your home and vehicles from burglars. You may already know that home security systems can do “smart” things like recording footage to the cloud, where you can access the videos online.
But, what you may not know is today’s smart home security systems offer a whole host of 21st-century features. For example, they can send push notifications to your smartphone whenever certain events get triggered, such as motion detection or alarm activation.
Finally, they can even incorporate doorbell cameras so you can see who’s at your front door even if you’re not at home.