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When it comes to smart homes, people generally don’t know where to start. Integrating technology into your home can sound like a daunting endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be! Take your home from bland to grand with these 5 tips.
Nix the old vacuum:
First things first, robot vacuums are starting to become a standard appliance in most homes. Even homes that have no other smart home integrations have robot vacuums.
Traditional upright vacuums can be great, and some people may prefer some cordless vacuum options rather than opting for a robot vacuum right out of the gate.
Since their launch over two decades ago, robot vacuums have come a long way. Today, they are much smarter and much more affordable than ever before. With a robot vacuum, you can set it and forget it!
Get a voice assistant
There are multiple options when it comes to virtual assistants. The most popular are Google Voice, and Amazon Alexa. Depending on which brand you like better will determine which is best for you. The Google Voice generally favors other google products, so if you opt for that one, be sure any of the other smart home devices you have are compatible.
Once you have your voice assistant set up, controlling it (and all of the smart home tech you have connected to it) is as easy as saying the command. The following smart home tech can easily be hooked up to your voice assistant.
Install smart lights
This may sound a bit silly, but smart lights are actually one of the most popular and easy to set up smart home technology options available. With smart lights, you can connected to your voice assistant to control things such as on and off, dimmers, color, and more. With some setups, you can even set timers on the lights. If you want, you can set your lights to turn on when you wake up. That way, you’re gently and naturally woken up rather than scared awake by a blaring alarm clock.
Get a smart garage door opener
Gone are the days of worrying about whether or not you shut the garage door. With a smart garage door you always know if your garage is open or closed, when it was last accessed, and can close it remotely if you accidentally left it open. There are many options available for setting up a smart garage door. Almost all of them are wifi/app enabled which gives you the ability to monitor your garage from anywhere. If you’re expecting guests, you don’t have to leave them a key. Rather, just have them give you a call when they arrive and you can jump in your app and open the garage door for them from wherever you are.
There are many ways to create a smart home outside of simply buying out the box items. With things like near-field sensors and the right configurations, you can get incredibly creative with your smart home. If you want it, you can guarantee there’s a way to program it with the right technology.
What smart home ideas do you have?
Which types of smart home ideas do you think are the most practical? With today’s technology, the possibilities are truly endless.