In this day and age, the possibilities of smart home technology are pretty much endless. You can buy a lot of various brands and models, and you can combine them for maximum impact in a variety of ways. But not everyone has adopted this yet, and there are some people who would like to take advantage of smart home tech as part of their home security systems.
If you’re one of those homeowners, chances are you’ve wondered how to best make use of smart home tech. With that in mind, below we’ve got a guide for home automation, and we’ll go room by room, from your front door to your bedroom, to show you all the benefits you can get with home automation. Let’s not waste any more time and dive into the details.
Getting in Your Home
Home automation begins before you even enter your home. If you have a porch or a walkway towards your house, a few motion sensors can trigger a few things for you. It’s best if you combine this with a smart lock, as that will give you the most benefits.
When you’re walking up to your house, the smart lock can start searching for Bluetooth devices. As soon as it notices your phone is within range, it’s going to unlock automatically. That same combination of a smart lock and motion sensors will lock your door when you’re leaving home.
But that’s not all. If there is motion detected on the walkway, yet your phone is not in range, you could have a smart camera set up outside your door, which will record whoever is at your front door. To add to this, a video doorbell is another smart home device that will tell you who is outside your door. Does it have motion detection? Even better, it will let you know you’ve got guests before they even think of ringing the doorbell.
While we’re at it, you unlocking the smart lock with your personal PIN code, or your smartphone can tell the lock to disarm the alarm system. When you’re leaving for work, the lock will arm the system again, keeping your home secure while you’re away.
Your Living Room Should Have Smart Lights
When it comes to your living room, smart lights are the best way to get some home automation. Even though it’s not all that inconvenient to turn on or off a few lights, smart lights do come with some really nice benefits.
For example, your lights can turn on automatically when you come home, thanks to that smart lock that just told them you’ve arrived. And it’s not just the on/off functionality. They can also change the brightness, they can change the color, and if you combine them with a couple of light strips, you can get a whole scene for your living room that you can change and set up as you wish.
Smart lights go a long way towards security, too, especially when you aren’t at home. Burglars tend to target empty homes, but even if you’re traveling somewhere, you can set a schedule for your smart lights so they can turn on and off at given times during the day. This will give the impression that you are at home, and burglars are much more likely to steer clear of your house.
The Kitchen Could Use Home Automation, Too
When it comes to the kitchen, the first thing you’ll want to do is get some smart appliances. We’re talking about a smart stove, a smart fridge, or a smart oven or dishwasher. These all work like conventional ones, but they get the added benefit of being controllable with your smartphone, or even better, with your voice.
Of course, you’ll want a smart home assistant for this to work best. Something like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home speakers will work wonderfully, and you’ll be able to tell them to “turn on the stove and set it to 200 degrees” when you’re starting to make your pizza dough.
Don’t Miss the Bedroom
Last but not least, your bedroom could benefit from home automation, too. The best way to go about it is smart plugs, ones that are compatible with your home assistant. You can plug in just about anything in them, from your nightstand light, to your speakers. This basically turns any device you plug in into a smart device, which you can control with your phone or voice.
All things considered, home automation is seriously underrated. It adds a lot of conveniences, and quite a bit of security to your home, and with the lowered energy consumption, it’s going to pay itself off eventually. What are you waiting for?