Smart Home

4 Genius Ways a Smart Home Makes Your Life Easier and Safer

Home Improvement Tech

Everywhere you look now, you’ll end up coming across things labeled “smart” – smartphones, smartwatches, smart toothbrushes, and not forgetting, all-inclusive smart home devices.

What is Smart Home Automation?

Smart home automation utilizes devices connected to control and monitor various things throughout the house, like cameras, lights, locks, and more. These devices are connected and can be accessed through a single access point, like your smartphone.

A smart home gives the user complete control over everything in their home and the way it works. That said, a lot of people only scratch the surface of what smart home devices are truly capable of doing.

That is why we want to help you get into the functionality of what makes these devices smart. For instance, smart home devices have self-learning skills that allow them to easily adapt to your preferences and routines.

Better yet, a smart home grows with you, giving you the flexibility to build and expand it whenever you want to. In this article, we’ll be exploring 4 genius ways smart home technology can be used to make your everyday life easier and safer.

Let’s dig in!

Smart Lighting

If you have a smart home, yet you haven’t included smart lights into the mix, it’s high time you do. Smart lights work in tandem with many other smart devices, and this includes your home’s security panel as well.

Moreover, integrating smart lights with motion sensors, either standalone or the ones in a smart video doorbell, can help trigger the lights to turn on. There are one too many ways to customize how and if/when this happens.

For instance, if your home security alarm were to go off in the middle of the night, and if they were integrated with your smart lights, the lights would automatically turn on. This helps deter potential intruders and allows you to reach the authorities in a much faster manner.

If you were to forget to turn the lights off, you can always do so through their smartphone apps, as most smart lights can be accessed remotely. You can further schedule to have your porch lights on when you’re away from a vacation, to show that someone’s home.

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to set up smart lighting in your home.

1. Choose Your Smart Lighting

First, you’ll need to decide which type of smart lighting you want to install. There are several different types of smart lights on the market, including:

Smart Bulbs:

Smart bulbs are the simplest type of smart lighting. They screw into your home’s existing light fixtures and can be controlled with a mobile app or a voice assistant.

Smart switches and plugs:

If you don’t want to replace your light bulbs, you can install a smart switch or plug. These devices go in between your light bulb and your outlet and let you control the flow of electricity to the light.

Smart light strips:

Light strips are a great way to add accent lighting and can be controlled in the same way as other smart lights. You can stick them under cabinets, along the base of a wall, or even behind your TV.

2. Install Your Smart Lighting

Once you’ve selected your smart lighting, it’s time to install it. The process will vary depending on the type of lighting you’ve chosen.

For smart bulbs, simply screw them into your light fixtures like any other bulb. Once they’re in, you can connect them to your home’s Wi-Fi network and start controlling them with a mobile app.

For smart bulbs, simply screw them into your light fixtures like any other bulb. Once they’re in, you can connect them to your home’s Wi-Fi network and start controlling them with a mobile app.

Smart switches and plugs are a little more complicated to install. First, you’ll need to turn off the power to your light at the breaker box. Once the power is off, remove the light switch plate and unscrew the existing switch. Then, follow the instructions that came with your smart switch or plug to wire it in. Once it’s wired, you can turn the power back on and start using your new smart lighting.

3. Control Your Smart Lighting

Now that your smart lighting is installed, it’s time to start using it. Each type of lighting will have its own mobile app that you can use to control it.

For example, the Philips Hue app lets you turn lights on and off, dim them, change their colors, and set schedules. The Wyze app works in a similar way but also lets you group lights together.

Smart Thermostats

We’re convinced that you must have heard quite a bit about smart thermostats in the last couple of years. Today, they’re benignly used everywhere, and for a very good reason. When a smart thermostat is synced with a home security system, it can do much more than just regulate the temperature.

For instance, you can link the smart thermostats with your security system’s smart smoke detector. In the event of a fire, the smart smoke detectors will send a signal to your thermostat, alerting it to shut down the HVAC system.

Now, why’s this so important? Well, when a smoke alarm goes off, the HVAC system is very much still running. In other words, the air is continuously cycling around your house. Therefore, although the fire might have been isolated to your basement, a running HVAC system will circulate smoke and toxic gasses to the rest of the house via your air vents.

Also, keep in mind that the number one cause of death during fires is due to smoke inhalation. If programmed correctly, the smart thermostat will shut down your HVAC system, and buy you enough time to hopefully escape safely.

Window Sensors

Window sensors are the perfect smart home product that offers big potential. If your smart home security system has a mobile app, you will receive an alert on your smartphone each time a window is opened. This smart home product is highly useful for ground-level homes, as there are more chances for an intruder to break in through the windows.

If you have kids, your kids might attempt climbing down. The window sensor will immediately send you an alert if it’s opened. You can also shut the windows through the app if you forget to do so.

Smart Garage Door Lock

A good amount of thefts are done through opened garage doors. Even if you were to shut the door leading to the inside of your house, your garage also has pretty valuable things, not forgetting your car.

It’s common to forget to close your garage door, but this can have heavy consequences on the safety of your home and family. You can easily access the control of the garage door through the app.

Conclusion

The above-mentioned smart home products are just some of the safest products on the market. That said, they’re our pick for securing your home more safely.

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