5 Smart Home Devices To Get You Started

Dec 20, 2020

Five effective smart home devices to get you started with having a smart home.

We lean on technology to improve and help manage our daily life.  Let’s take a look at the following smart home devices  that could turn your house into a smart home.


1. Smart Speakers

Smart speakers is a stand alone device powered by a digital assistant.  These voice controlled assistants turns words into action.  Two popular smart speakers are the Amazon Echo and Google Nest which can be used to perform numerous tasks such as:

  • Checking the weather
  • Setting an alarm
  • Manage devices through voice activation
  • Initiate simple command from one room to another
  • Listening to music.

There are a variety of speakers and the classic versions cost on average $70.


2. Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats aren’t just a high-tech way to control the temperature in your home; it provides the ability to learn a household’s usage.  Based on your routine It will learn to adjust heating and cooling for your home when occupied or about to be occupied.  Another benefit is a smart thermostats can be remotely controlled from your phone or a smart speaker to adjust the temperature as you command.

The smart thermostat overtime can yield savings year-round.


3. Smart Plugs

Smart plugs allow you to connect devices like lamps and fans or set them on a schedule. Is flexible and simple as you’d plug into your standard outlet which allows you to turn on and off appliances. Once plugged in you have the ability to connect to your smart speaker.

Ease of use allows you to:

  • Turn off and on what you have plugged in with the ease of using your phone
  • Issue a voice command via your smart speaker

An equally helpful device is smart light switches.  This is a direct replacement for a traditional built-in light switch. Many of these devices can be purchased for under $25 making them a budget-friendly way to start your smart home journey.


4. Smart Camera

Wi-Fi connected cameras are very affordable.  Wireless indoor/outdoor camera system offer quality video and many include features such as integrated spotlight and siren, smart motion detection, color night vision, and an ultra-wide field of view.

These are helpful to keep an eye on your home while away.   Ease of access through your phone or a computer from any location.  There are many options on the market, for example Blink, which offers great quality and budget friendly.


5. Smart Lighting

Smart lights are very useful with a bonus as they are energy efficient.  There is the flexibility to set up a lighting schedules and have them automatically adjust based indoor/outdoor lighting factors.  In addition, most offer motion sensor.

There are smart light bulbs that work in any light fixture which allows you to make adjustment and program from your phone. An example is Yeelight smart bulb which also allows you change the color or adjust for mood lighting.

These five smart home tech options are good place to start to enhance your home.  Getting started is fairly simple and most smart devices allows you to integrate technology with ease.


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