Let’s face it: we’re basically living in the future. Our devices are now connected to one another and we are discovering amazing things we could do with that connectivity. In previous decades, we’d never have the technology to control our entire home from one hub. But thanks to Smart Homes, its easier than ever to control every aspect and feature of our house. There’s never been a better time to jump on the Smart Home bandwagon, and we’ve got some tips before you get started:
1. Research What You Want
Sure it would be cool to just fill your house with all the fanciest gadgets, but take a step back and look at the bigger picture first. Whether you want Smart AC or a smart television, there are lots of things you can do to make your home smarter. There are multiple Smart Home solutions out there and you’ll need to do some research to decide which one is for you. For example you might decide that you like the look of this home energy management system, however you might like the look of others.
2. Pick a Smart Solution that Suits Your Budget
In the end, your budget will determine the limits of how smart you can make your home. You’ve done your research, you know what’s available, now it’s time to narrow the choices down. You can always start small first, and add more features later on.
3. Start Planning
Once you have a proper plan, you’re basically halfway there. Does your kitchen have enough room for that smart fridge? How accessible are the electrical outlets? Is there any need for rewiring? Ask those questions early on, to avoid any surprises later.
4. Your Smart Home On the Go
Smart Home solutions will usually have a mobile app that you can use to connect to the network. Install it on your smartphone or your smartwatch and you’ll be connected anywhere you go. Did you leave the living room fan on? Just check in the app and turn it off with just a tap.
5. Be Smart *and* Efficient
Being energy efficient means you save on your electricity bills, and that’s always a good thing. You don’t need air-conditioning at 3am do you? Schedule it to turn off while you sleep. Schedule the lights to turn off too, while you’re at it.
6. Manage Your Safety
There are many ways to improve the safety of your home, from CCTVs to alarms, to automatic gates. Good news because these are all electronics and with some installation work, they can be connected to your Smart Home’s monitoring system. See and control what’s happening at home using your laptop, smartphone or tablet.
7. Voice Activated Commands
You’re wireless, you’re mobile…what next? Well, with a high-tech voice assistant, you won’t even need to lift a finger to turn on your TV. With offerings from Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and more, it’s so easy to find a voice assistant that suits you.