Smart homes are homes that are equipped with all kinds of features that provide the greatest comforts and home efficiency appliances, energy efficiency, or low operating costs and convenience all of the time, no matter if someone is at home or not. Lighting, heating, the entertainment center, your security system, even camera systems, operate on the Smart Home system. You can control everything you need to from any room in the home, or even more impressively, via the internet or phone, no matter where you are in the world. You have your home in your control at all times, which gives many people an added security of being able to keep better control over their home and property when they cannot be there.
Most homes are not Smart Homes. You can’t operate your devices and appliances from anywhere other than at the switch. Today’s homes have allowed us to be able to incorporate three-decades worth of technology knowledge into home devices so that we can compute and control them from near or far, and save us on time, energy and monetarily. If you don’t already own a Smart Home, the only way to get one is to reconfigure the home and re-outfit Smart products into your, already-established home. Smart Home products communicate with each other and all are compatible with the internet, phone and with your cell phone. No matter what technological manner in which you keep track of your devices and systems, you can make your home work better for you when you’re there, and even when you are not.
For ideas on different Smart Homes, here are 10 of the coolest Smart Home technology features you can get to help turn your home into a Smart Home.
For your Smart Home start, start with Alexa. Alexa is a voice service that also powers Echo. Alexa gives you the power to control many Smart Home features from room-to-room, or over the internet when you aren’t around. You can use Alexa to ask general questions, play music, or set alarms and timers in your home. Alexa uses the built-in cloud, which updates her knowledge to allow her to only get smarter as information through the cloud is updated. You can control your lights in the home, turning them on or off, or just lowering the lighting, control your garage door, control your thermostat, turn on your television or stereo, all by the power of voice or internet, easily making your home, a Smart home.
Being able to control your heating and air at all times, even when you aren’t there, is a great feature to have to make your home more energy efficient. With Alexa, you can keep control over the temperature of your home at all times, even if you are out of town. This thermostat intuitively understands when the right time is to turn on or off your AC and heat. It bases this off of your home’s individual energy profile, along with the weather outside, among other points of data. It also has the ability to sense when you’re at home, when you aren’t, and which rooms are being occupied to adjust itself automatically to keep you and your family comfortable at all times. All of these features mean a more efficient heating and cooling bill for you every month. That’s Smart!
3. Drop Cam security camera
The Drop Cam security camera gives you amazing quality in video so that everything is crystal clear. You can monitor your home at all times, no matter where you are, using Wi-Fi by way of your iOS mobile or the internet on your computer. It is streamed to you in under a minute, which means you have quick access to what you need to see, without waiting long periods of time. It has a very wide field of view, giving you 130 degrees of diagonal vision, Zoom and night vision so you don’t miss anything at any time of day or night. It also has Cloud Video Recording (CVR), to review footage or make clips from previous recordings. This is a Smart way to make your home a Smart Home and keep it safe.
4. Chamberlain Smart garage door opener
If you’ve ever wished you could monitor or control your garage door from near or far, now you can with the Chamberlain Smart garage door opener. With the use of your smartphone, you can monitor your door to see if there is anything happening, even when you’re away from home. Did you forget to close your garage door and remembered when you were already at work? Now you can put your door down from across town. The Chamberlain Smart garage door opener can be worked by using a number of types of iOS and Android Smartphones, iPod touch (4th and 5th generations), iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and higher. You can install in minutes and simply connect to Wi-Fi, via the free Chamberlain MyQ Garage App.
5. Philips Hue Lights
These are just the smartest lights you’ll see anywhere. One of the latest Smart Home features that has taken lighting your home to the next level, Phillips Hue Lights will take your home into the 21st century and make it fun and efficient. All you need is a Smartphone and the Smartphone App to control your lights. These lights allow you to control the mood of the room via the lighting. These are adjustable lights that you can control from anywhere in the home, or while away. Change the color of the lighting to have fun creating different feels, or adjust them brighter or dimmer for a more efficient way to use your home’s lighting and save you money. Very Smart and innovative way to light your home.
6. Kwikset SmartCode 916 door lock
The Kwikset SmartCode 916 door lock is voice controlled by way of Alexa, which is sold separately. It is easily installed and allows you to control the opening and locking of the doors on your home. You can set the lock to automatically lock behind you when you leave, so that you always have peace of mind that your door is getting locked when you leave the house. It also leaves you hands-free to carry what you want and need to and not worry about fidgeting for your keys. Pulling in you driveway with a trunk-full of groceries that make it difficult to unlock the front door? No worries, when you can have your door unlock for you before you get to it. The Kwikset is one of the coolest Smart Home features you can now get for your home.
8. Samsung Hub Refrigerator
One of the coolest Smart Home features now available is the Samsung Hub refrigerator. It’s the most modern fridge on the market and it has a ton of features that will make life easier for you and your family, in the kitchen. It comes with a 21.5 inch touchscreen that’s loaded with Apps, as well as inventory-watching cameras inside, very futuristic looking. There’s an App for just about everything you and your family use a fridge for: Writing a quick note to mom, report cards, grocery lists, calendars, display photos and more. One of the coolest features? If you want to see what’s inside the fridge without opening the door, touch the App to view inside and the display will show you the latest picture from inside so you can see what’s inside before you open the door.
9. iSmart Alarms
The alarm system that works hard to keep your home safe and you can control it from home or while you are away. And there’s no monthly bill attached to the monitoring with this system like you find with traditional systems, which means a more efficient way to keep your home safe while in the home and from afar. More than 62% of people today, prefer to control their alarm systems with their Smartphones, which means an increase in resale value for you home. This alarm system is sold with window sensors, door sensors, cameras and motion detectors. There is also an option to control your home’s lighting, smoke detectors and thermostat, as well.
10. Intelli Fire
If you want the ambiance of a fireplace without the mess of a traditional fireplace, for your Smart Home, Intelli Fire has the perfect addition for your home. It provides you with the most innovative safety and technology for the ultimate peace of mind. The technology used will continuously monitor the performance of your ignition, which ensures its performance as well as helps save you money on your energy bill by up to $10 a month. It features a remote so that you can set memory programs for regular interval use, child safety lock feature and it allows you to control the standing pilot. These are sleek in design and add a great, modern look to any room in your home.