How to Make Your Home a Smart Home

In recent years, smart home technology has become increasingly popular, offering homeowners greater control and convenience over their living spaces. From security systems to smart lighting, there are a variety of devices available to turn any home into a smart home. And, with real estate in mind, today’s buyers appreciate the added value of a smart home already installed for them. If you’re interested in making your home a smart home, read on…

Start with a smart hub
The first step in making your home a smart home is to invest in a smart hub. A smart hub is a device that connects to all your smart devices, allowing you to control them from a single app. There are several popular smart hubs on the market, including Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit. Once you have a smart hub in place, you can begin adding other smart devices to your home.

Add smart lighting
One of the easiest ways to make your home a smart home is to add smart lighting. Smart light bulbs can be controlled from your smartphone, allowing you to turn them on and off, dim them, and even change their color. You can also set schedules for your lights to turn on and off automatically, making it look like someone is home even when you’re away. Lighting options include Philips Hue, LIFX, and TP-Link Kasa.

Install a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat is a smart home device that can save you money on your energy bills. Smart thermostats can learn your habits and adjust the temperature of your home accordingly. They can also be controlled remotely from your smartphone, allowing you to adjust the temperature even when you’re away from home. Thermostat options include Nest, Ecobee, and Honeywell.

Consider smart security
Smart security devices can give you greater peace of mind by allowing you to monitor your home from anywhere. Smart security cameras can be accessed from your smartphone, allowing you to check in on your home at any time. You can also receive alerts if the camera detects motion or sound. Other smart security devices include smart locks, which allow you to lock and unlock your doors remotely, and smart doorbells, which allow you to see and talk to anyone who comes to your door. Smart security options include Ring, Arlo, and August.

Add smart entertainment
Finally, you can make your home a smart home by adding smart entertainment devices. Smart TVs can be controlled from your smartphone, allowing you to change channels, adjust the volume, and even launch apps. You can also add a smart speaker, such as the Amazon Echo, Sonos, or Google Home, to stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks throughout your home.

Making your home a smart home can be a fun and rewarding experience. By adding smart devices, you can make your home more convenient, secure, and energy-efficient. Whether you’re looking to add smart lighting, a smart thermostat, or smart security devices, there are plenty of options available to suit your needs and budget.

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