Popular Smart Home Devices
Smart home devices make your home more comfortable and convenient. They can also ease your mind when you’re not home. Let’s look at the most popular smart home devices you can install in your home to enhance security, comfort, and convenience.
A smart thermostat lets you create programmable temperature settings based on your schedule, the weather, and your own needs. They will turn off the AC while you’re at work and turn it on 30 minutes before you get home from work each day. So smart thermostats reduce the use of heating and cooling systems when nobody is home, allowing you to save money. The only drawback of a smart thermostat is it can be complex to install and operate.
Smart lighting includes smart light bulb or smart switches that can be controlled remotely via your smartphone. You can program them to turn on or off at certain times and control their brightness. They are also easy to set up, and you can screw a smart bulb into a light fixture yourself. However, you can’t get smart bulbs to fit every fixture. Smart bulbs also require rewiring to set up, so you might call in a professional.
The proliferation of the Internet of Things means that almost any device can be connected to another to communicate via the cloud. So, you can get a refrigerator with a touchscreen that lets you see inside the fridge without opening it or a smart microwave that lets you download cooking instructions for frozen food. The only problem is your smart appliance may not work without electricity. So, if your internet goes down, your smart appliances become useless. They are also expensive to buy and maintain.
Smart door locks
Smart locks enable remote access, so you can lock or unlock your door to let in a guest while you’re at work. No keys required. Some locks allow you to monitor entry and exit logs in real-time. However, smart locks run on batteries. If the battery goes dead, you’re locked out.
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