Have you been toying with the idea of automating your home? You aren’t alone. The number of smart homes in the United States have been steadily increasing since 2017. According to the Digital Market Outlook, the number of smart homes in the United States is expected to be 77.05 million by 2025.
As lives get busier, priorities shift, and technology advances, it is natural for people to want to recalibrate where they want to spend their time. Most of us are choosing not to spend it on manually changing the thermostat, vacuuming, or even manually searching for a song to play on the radio. Turning your home into a smart home comes with many benefits. Chief among them is the ability to free up your mind space to focus on other things.
While the idea of incorporating smart home technology may seem daunting, you don’t need to worry. Most devices today are easy to set up and control. Use this list of gadgets and technology pieces to get started and watch your life go from “chaos” to “ease”.
Smart Lighting Systems
Your indoor and outdoor space can both benefit from smart lighting systems. You can control smart lights via an app on your phone, which means that not only do you limit the need for light switches on your walls, but you can also control these lights remotely.
In addition to adding a ton of convenience to your day, smart lighting systems also allow for flexibility. A smart landscape lighting transformer even enables you to schedule the on and off times of your low voltage outdoor lighting systems. This means you don’t have to worry about turning the lights on and off every single day. Some landscape lighting transformers also adjust for Daylight Savings Time.
Save energy bills, get more creative, and shine a (smart) light on your home with smart lighting systems that take the hassle out of the equation.
If you live in a multi-generational or even a multi-person household, you may be familiar with the constant banter over the ideal in-home temperature. It is not uncommon to see one person wearing a heavy pullover in the summer because they run cold, while someone else may be dressed down cause they run hot!
Installing a smart thermostat in your home will enable everyone to control the temperature through their phones. Some thermostats also allow you to set different temperatures in different rooms. However, one of the biggest advantages of getting a smart thermostat is the device’s ability to learn your preferences. The thermostat can self-regulate based on energy usage patterns it sees, which also helps your system be more efficient.
You can be cost-effective by turning on the home-away feature on your thermostat, so that the system recognizes you aren’t at home and keeps the temperature set to the most efficient.
A smart thermostat may be an investment in the beginning, but saving on your energy costs will pay off in the long run.
No matter where you live, it is a good idea to install smart doorbells in your home. In addition to providing a sense of security, these doorbells are also a convenient way to keep a tab on the comings and goings of your home. If you are like us, you receive packages from retailers almost every day. Having a smart doorbell lets you see if the package was delivered and the condition it was in when it arrived at your doorstep.
Some smart doorbells also have a speaker system, which you can use to speak with those on the outside. This is especially useful in case you aren’t feeling well and want to avoid direct contacts with others.
Smart doorbells are a useful way to keep an eye on your home whether you are inside the house, or vacationing away from home.
Smart home technology not only helps your house look more aesthetically pleasing, but it also takes away many of the everyday hassles we may have incorporated into our daily lives. Free up your mind space and devote it to something more useful than tasks that can be automated.