Every year, more items around the house are being turned into a smart product. Everything — the coffee maker, light bulbs, ovens, and refrigerator — are gaining the ability to become customizable, adaptable, and interconnected.
Having a smart home sounds fun. You will be able to monitor activity when you are out, switch on or off an electrical appliance with a tap of your mobile device, and call out instructions to your digital assistant from the other room.
It also would not come cheaply. Most people would not be able to equip their homes with all the latest and smartest devices available in the market. Instead, it is best to buy a selection of items that suit your needs and lifestyle.
If you want to invest your money into appliances that will turn your home smart, here are the products that are worth it.
Your LED light bulb is doing its job of keeping your house illuminated at night. Why do you need a smart light bulb?
A smart light bulb can make even affordable homes feel luxurious. It will significantly improve your experience and enjoyment of your home.
The choice of lighting has significant effects on a room’s design. Any room can look cozy, for example, with a warm-toned light bulb and cold with a stark-white light bulb.
Bad lighting can also cause discomfort. If the light bulb is too bright or dim, people may experience frequent headaches and eye strains.
A smart light bulb adjusts according to your preferences. If you need a stronger light to read a book, you can adjust brightness with a tap of your smartphone. A few hours before you sleep, you can dim the light so your body can relax.
Moreover, you can command smart light bulbs to switch on or off automatically. Before you come home, or at a particular time of day, you can program the device to switch on before you come home from work or switch off in the daytime.
Your current deadbolts are not as secure as you think. Criminals may try to access your home while you are away, and nothing is protecting your possessions from being stolen or destroyed.
You should seriously consider getting a smart lock. A smart lock monitors who come in and comes out of your home. It can also be controlled using a mobile device, allowing you to check that the door is locked when you are away.
A smart lock offers convenience. Most have Bluetooth connectivity so that, as soon as it has detected your presence, it will automatically unlock, and, as soon as you leave, it will lock itself. You would not have to fish for your keys in your pocket or handbag.
Smart security cameras work in tandem with your smart lock to keep you safe. Together, they create a system that protects you and your property from theft and other crimes.
Your smart security camera will stream activity around your house. You can check whether there is a suspicious person around your home using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. In case of a break-in, you can call the police immediately.
Smart security cameras also have real-time alerts when they detect movement and built-in sirens to alert the owners or anyone in the vicinity of illegal activities.
A smart home hub acts as the central command for all your smart home devices. Through it, you can program and access your smart light bulb, smart lock, smart security cameras.
Google Home and Amazon’s Echo are the most popular smart home hubs in the market right now. Slightly lesser-known but equally efficient options are Samsung’s Smart Things Hub, Logitech’s Harmony Home Hub, and Wink Hub.
With a smart home hub, you would live like you have a butler in employment. You can tell the device to turn on the television so you can watch your favorite shows without moving an inch on the couch. No remote is required.
It works like a regular digital assistant. You can ask it to dictate the ingredients and instructions written on a recipe while you cook. When you notice that you have run out of soap or garbage bags, you can ask it to add the item on your shopping list.
A smart home hub is probably one of the best purchases you will ever make.
Not everything around the house should be made smart. Right now, you can choose which ones will give you comfort, security, and convenience. After all, that is what having a smart home is supposed to do.