With technology evolving at a massive pace, we’re not far away from the ‘homes of the future’ featured in old TV shows and our favourite sci-fi movies. Nearly everything in your home - doorbells, locks, lights, cameras, thermostats - can be connected to the internet and controlled with smartphone or smart speaker.
If you’re looking for added security, install keyless, touchpad-enabled smart locks on your doors. Smart locks allow you to lock and unlock your door right from your phone. You can even create individual passcodes for family members or anyone who needs access to your home. Use it along with a smart doorbell (next), and you’ll have the ultimate in front door security and coolness.
Installing a smart doorbell can keep your home safer and eliminate risks associated with opening the door to strangers. Smart doorbells are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and feature tons of cool features that let you monitor, and even talk to, whoever arrives at your door when you’re not home. The best smart doorbells are wifi enabled and connected with other smart systems throughout your home, providing an added boost to your home security.
Smart home cameras
It didn’t take long for smart cameras to become a fixture of the smart home. Whether it’s added security for your castle, a way to check what’s going on at home, a pet-cam so Fido doesn’t get too lonely while you work to bring home the biscuits, or even a baby monitor on steroids, wireless home security cameras are a versatile option. And because they’ve become so popular, they’re a lot cheaper to purchase than they’ve ever been before.
Automated climate control
Another smart home theme is energy efficiency. You may want to consider investing in a smart thermostat, which will not only let you monitor and control your home’s temperature from your smartphone or tablets, but can also help reduce your energy bill. These devices can monitor temperature and humidity inside and outside your home, track your comings and goings, and tailor heating and cooling cycles accordingly.
Controlled by an app, smart plugs basically enable you to add remote control and automation to TVs, lamps, coffee machines, or any other electrical device. Check out some of the best smart plugs of 2018 here.
One of the simplest pieces of smart home technology is also one of the most efficient. Smart bulbs aren’t your average LED - they can do so much more. Like the other products listed here, they too can wirelessly connect to smartphones and speakers and offer cool features: they dim and change colours; some can play music and make you sleep better; and all can be controlled from anywhere you get cell service.
If you’ve dreamed of living in the Castle of the Future, now is your time. Smart home technology has increased at a rapid pace, and is poised to become a more integrated in new homes and upgraded homes alike. Explore the options that make the most sense for your home, lifestyle, and budget, and live a safer and more efficient life!
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