A Smart Home is not only a way to make your life easier and save money; it’s also a way to make you and your family safer. You can equip technology to remotely control and automate household systems like lighting, doors, thermostats, entertainment systems, security alarms, cameras and other connected appliances. Smart Homes are gaining popularity as smart devices are incredibly advanced and more affordable in recent years. Smart devices are making homes more fun and enjoyable. They enable automation and security with huge energy savings. If you are wondering about a few smart home projects and how should you start, here are a few of the most popular smart devices.
1. Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are not only making the home more beautiful, they allow you to remotely monitor and control the temperature in your home. Home automation capabilities have an ability to ‘learn’ preferences and habits to adjust the temperature that more comfortable for you and your family. They automatically reduce energy usage when no one at home. Some of the more well-known brand like Nest, Ecobee and Honeywell.
2. Smart Video Doorbell
Smart doorbells send an alert or live feed to your device (phone, tablet or laptop). It will recognize someone at your front door. The motion sensors, HD video captures and streaming enable homeowner to communicate remotely. Motion sensors notify you of all activity on your doorstep. At night, infrared allows you to see who’s there in low light conditions. Ring is the pioneer for in-home video doorbells. Both Ring and Nest make top-notch quality smart doorbells.
3. Smart Camera
Smart cameras for indoor/outdoor video home monitoring lets you keep an eye on your house and are a big part of home security. Most cameras have sharp HD video, night vision, two-way audio and motion/sound detection, recording and alerts that can be linked with other smart home devices. You will get notification when there is a motion. Nest’s IQ cameras have a 4K sensor with a Super-Sight feature that will automatically zoom in and follow any person. It also has bio-metric facial recognition.
Start with one smart device. After that there are a multitude of additional devices to make your live easier, safer and less expensive (smart door locks, smoke/co detectors, security alarms, lightning and much more). If you need an expert to help guide you through the vast automation world feel free to reach out to me.
Jim Yam – Smart Home and IOT enthusiast with SMART Automation