Its no doubt that we’ve all heard of smart home technology for a while now. These days controlling various aspects in your home is as simple as a quick “Hey Alexa!/Google!”. From thermostats to lights to cameras, there is a huge list of awesome gear to simplify and connect your home! Whether you’re new to smart home technology or someone who’s been using it for a while, we can all agree that these amazing items have been invaluable when it comes to the security and functionality of our homes. The great part about these technologies is the fact that you can completely customize the intricacy of your system. Below we’ve compiled a list of our favourite practical accessories!
Security systems give us peace of mind whether you’re out of the home or inside the home! Most can alert you (and announce) when a door or window is opened. There are some complex security systems out there, it’s a great idea to do your research when it comes to installation and monitoring fees. Some may opt for self-monitored systems with push notifications through app integrations on your smartphone or connected devices. However, these put the control in your hands with regards to responding to any out of the ordinary notifications.
Other than deterring crime, security cameras serve many functions both outside and inside the home. They provide peace of mind to keep an eye on your cars and to view anyone in the proximity around your house. They can be especially useful for parents of school aged kids leaving and returning from school during the week!
A front door camera (or doorbell camera) is at the top of our list for handy accessories as it provides the comfort for the whole family before opening the door. Many cameras now detect motion and sound, which you can usually set up alerts for on your smartphone or viewing device. Many of these devices also have two way talk capability, which is great for deliveries!
The use of indoor cameras is great for kids’ rooms or to be used as a baby monitor (or pet monitor). They’re also very useful to keep an eye on the interior of any entry points to your home (i.e. garage door).
Smart thermostats are a complete game changer when it comes to efficiently controlling the temperature within your home. Many of the current smart thermostats have the ability to learn your heating and cooling patterns (ie. warmer during the day and cooler at night) and will also work in integration with some security systems to detect when the home is empty to help conserve energy use. Many users notice a great savings in their energy bills as a result of this!
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke detectors are an essential part of the home to ensure safety. Many of the newer smoke detectors also include carbon monoxide sensors to detect the odorless gas. Some of the smart smoke detectors can actually alert you as to where it senses smoke or CO in your home, so that you can move quickly. These are an essential tool for any household!
Smart light bulbs and lighting are becoming a quite common household item. These LED bulbs are fantastic for energy conservation and can be controlled or timed easily using an integrated app on your smartphone or device. They can also be controlled by your home hubs (Google or Alexa) and many are capable to display an array of colours suiting your situation or mood!
This lighting can also give you a sense of comfort if you are away from your home for an extended period. You have the ability to turn on a few lights randomly so that the house doesn’t look vacant.
There are of course many, many other options and modifications you can make to completely automate the things we do within our homes. We hope this brief list helps to shed some light on a few possibilities and helps to inspire you to create your own smart home!
- Kristina & Rey