Technology has come so far that we’ve found a way to connect every inch of our homes and make it smart. What this means is that we can control the lights, audio, heating, security, home networks, and many other features all from the clutch of a control point.
We can even use voice commands to do it. But making your home smart can cost you a buck or two (not literally of course).
In this article, we are going to give you a rundown to help you get started if you do decide to make your home smart.
1. Voice Controlled Speaker
A voice-controlled speaker can be your smart home’s control point. Every smart speaker is powered by a smart assistant that can help you access every corner of your home. Through this smart speaker, you will register every other smart device located in your home, and you can access them later through it. Accessing smart devices can be done manually, but why bother when you can use your voice instead?
2. Smart Lighting
Possibly the biggest, and most exciting thing as a child was being tricked into thinking that you can turn on and off the lights using your voice. Well, that can be achieved using smart bulbs. Smart bulbs can be plugged into smart plugs and connected via the Internet. These bulbs have the lifespan of 50 ordinary bulbs and consume less energy. However, the bulbs must be compatible with your speaker in order to use the voice command for on and off. One such home automation product that controls everything from your smart bulbs to your home theater is Control4 Dealer. The Control4 smart home has devices that can control your lighting, audio, heating, security and much more!
3. Smart Plugs
Smart plugs are just like ordinary plugs but they use WiFi to give you control of your devices. They can turn your simple home appliances into smart devices that can be accessed via your app. However, for your devices to work, they need to have the ability to be given a command. Meaning, if you wish to use your coffee maker, the coffee maker needs to have an on and off switch. That way you can leave it on and let the smart plug control the power.
4. Smart Home Security
A smart home security system is probably the biggest advantage of going smart. A smart home security system has smart doorbells that monitor every single person who comes near your doorstep, whether you’re at home or not. The smart doorbells come with a camera that has two-way audio, but one-way video. Meaning you can hear and they can hear you, but only you can see them. The way smart doorbells work is that whenever someone rings your doorbell, you get an instant notification notifying you that someone is ringing your doorbell.
Other features of the smart home security system are cameras. These cameras can be accessed from your control point, which can be a tablet, smartphone, or your personal PC, and you can monitor everything through them. The cameras can alert you whenever someone is approaching your home, and you can even call the police through the control point. Cameras can be moves, disabled, and enables using your control point, and you can access them even if you’re not home.