Deciding which smart technology or smart devices inspired by nature best fits your home can be a huge challenge, especially when there are so many choices in the market. The good news is that finding the right smart home tech can be easy as long as you base your decision on how much a gadget can make your life easier. Run your entire home without lifting a finger by simply using your voice. Control your home’s heating and monitor security when you’re away through your mobile device. Smart home devices should help you create a more efficient and comfortable home, while giving you peace of mind. Below, we share the latest of our favorite must-have smart devices.
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Smart locks enable you to give access to those you trust when you are not home. Products like August allow you to grant access to anyone for a few minutes, a few hours or even a few weeks! it’s totally up to you. Voted as having the best compatibility with Google Home Assistant, you can lock and unlock the door using your voice without touching your mobile device. And if you’re like the thousands of people who sometimes wonder if they’ve locked the door as they’re laying in bed, you’ll be able to stay in bed and ask Google Assistance to check for you. The best August DoorSense feature is that it automatically locks the door when you leave and unlocks when you arrive home. Always know who is coming and going by tracking your doorstep with a 24/7 activity feed. A big plus of using August DoorSense is the benefit of keeping your existing lock and keys. Installation only takes about 10 minutes, and you can get it working by using either Wifi or Bluetooth connectivity.
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Smart lighting can be a small and simple accessory but can make a huge difference. A simple way to start is by swapping out your old, standard bulbs with Lifx+ smart bulbs. Lifx is one of the brightest smart bulbs on the market and can easily connect to Apple’s HomeKit. Use Siri to turn the bulb on or off, or even try syncing your favorite color with the music you’re playing. Besides having cool features, Lifx can light a full room beautifully and can also be installed outside your home. If you’re looking to amp up your home lighting even further, opt for a smart plug-in for floor lamps or table lamps. You can save your current lighting fixtures and enable them to automatically turn on when you're coming home late at night. With a smart plug-in, your light system can operate on a schedule that closely follows sunrise and sunset timing, allowing you to optimally incorporate natural lighting.
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Alexa is everywhere and continuing to make a wave in smart home devices thanks to Amazon. The Ring Video Doorbell works best with Alexa and is designed for convenience and security and records both video and audio. It uses four infrared LEDs and captures an area of up to 30 feet at night. Ring Doorbell is water resistant and even works in cold temperatures. With its motion detection feature, Ring will automatically start recording and notify you when someone arrives at your doorsteps or rings your bell. For the best smart home device for Alexa, Ring Doorbell wins.
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There are dozens of smart speakers on the market so you might be asking yourself why smart speakers are so popular? Well, if music quality is your biggest concern or you need all your smart gadgets to connect, having a smart speaker is ideal. One of the best smart speaker devices for Spotify user is Sonos One. You can get concert-like or theatre sound in your home all in one device. Sonos One is so versatile in smart home software, you can basically connect to Apple AirPlay, Google Assistant, or Alexa. The best feature is how seamlessly it can connect with other Sonos speakers for a full surround sound; perfect for movie night. Ask Alexa for the weather and Sonos will deliver a richer and deeper sound compared to most smart speakers available.
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Save energy and money with a smart thermostat that you can control from anywhere. A smart thermostat like Nest is great for seniors and children who constantly adjusts the thermostat. With the right technology, you can maximize your savings by programming your smart thermostat to adjust throughout the day or season. Most smart thermostats allow homeowners to connect through devices via Wi-Fi, this means you have the ability to control your home’s temperature even when you are not home. This becomes such a valuable feature in case you ever forget to turn down your thermostat before leaving your home. Another useful feature to look for is maintenance reminders. A smart thermostat should detect dirty filters and notify you when to replace your air filter. You can even monitor your energy consumption every week or month so that you’re aware when your energy usage has gone up or down. This makes it easier for homeowners to cool or heat their homes more efficiently, which can result in substantial savings!