With the introduction of smart home gadgets like Amazons ‘Echo‘, Googles ‘Google Home‘ & Apples ‘Home pod‘ taking the world by storm, more and more individuals & business alike are looking to get into the mix and lead the way to the next big ‘smart’ device.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 9 awesome must have smart house gadgets you can acquire right now to get you started on creating that dream smart home!
The Smart home gadgets mentioned in our list usually come with their own set of software (normally in the form of an app) but some have been configured to work with home automation systems like Amazons Echo and Google Home.
Let’s take a look at these gadgets in a little more detail.
1) Motion Sensors
Motion sensors have actually been around for quite some time but for whatever reason weren’t that popular with many people. However, with the trend of smart home gadgets picking up pace over the last few years, more and more people have started incorporating them into their homes.
For those of us who are not tech-savvy, a motion sensor or detector basically ‘detects’ moving objects – mainly people.
Motion sensors can be used in a number of different ways, two of which include, being used for security purposes outside of the home to detect any burglars creeping around your home during the middle of the night or inside the home detecting when someone enters/leaves a room so the lights can come on or go off.
2) Door bell
A smart door bell is one of the more recent gadgets which has been introduced to smart home fans.
How do they work?
The door bells help increase home security. They come with built in cameras which work in tandem IOT control (Internet of things) with either your smartphone or home automation system.
As with every type of gadget they come in a range of different prices & features. For example, some smart door bells come built in with two way audio, motion sensing, home automation capability, on demand video and much more. Be sure to do your research beforehand so you know exactly what you’re getting with your chosen door bell!
Smart home security systems come with a host of bonus features compared to more traditional burglar alarms. You get a combination of wireless security cameras, motion detectors/sensors, sirens and more.
Another big selling point of home security systems is self installation, however this could potentially be a downside as it’s easy to make a mistake while setting up a motion sensor which could leave your home unprotected and at risk if not corrected.
Traditional burglar alarms don’t suffer from this as they are installed by professionals but then you will have to pay extra for someone to view a live action feed of your property if you want the same level of security a smart home security system will offer.
Having a top of the range security system or alarm could also potentially increase your homes price as many people these days value home security above anything else, so if you do ever have to sell your house be sure to mention what system you’re running – it could be the reason you get a quick house sale!
Which one is better? It depends on your own personal circumstances and lifestyle so we’ll let you decide.
Smart locks are also a ‘key‘ component in any smart home. In simple terms they are keyless door locks.
You can use both Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to operate smart locks through your smartphone via an app or other smart home system.
One awesome feature of smart locks is, they allow you to send ‘spare keys‘ to people for a short time period (this can vary depending on which smart lock you purchase). This can be very helpful if let’s say you forgot to feed the dog and you have a trustworthy neighbor close by.
Simply text them a key and they can use it to open the lock at your house!
5) Smart HVAC
HVAC refers to heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Having a smart HVAC system in your property gives it a number of benefits, some of which include:
- Cleaner Air.
- Accessible from almost anywhere with the use of your smartphone.
- Can reduce energy bills.
- In depth temperature control.
A smart HVAC is a must have if you want the title of smart home for your own house!
Smart lighting has been around for a number of years now, nevertheless it’s a neat feature to add to your home to give it that smart feel.
As with other smart fixtures, the lighting can be controlled via your smartphone or other smart home systems such as Amazons Alexa.
You can control when the lights come on by simply using your voice. Other cool things include, adjusting the light based on occupancy or daylight visibility and changing the colour of your lights remotely (if you have coloured LED bulbs installed!).
A smart garage controller allows you to open, close and monitor your garage from anywhere and at anytime (Just make sure you have a Wi-Fi connection or your Bluetooth is on).
Newer smart home products like Skylink’s Nova are programmed to open your garage doors automatically when it detects both smoke or carbon monoxide alarms so it can aid in ventilation in case of an emergency.
Smart water controller AKA irrigation controllers will assist you in keeping your garden looking great.
Many of these controllers have built in water saving features including a sensor to adjust to the optimal sprinkler run time based on the local weather conditions. This will no doubt help to provide a healthy and beautiful garden as well as reducing your water usage!
9) Smart Appliances
There are too many smart appliances to mention individually so without mentioning specific brands, here are some ‘must have at all costs‘ useful smart appliances:
- Coffee makers.
- Smart Cookers.
- Smart Fridges.
- Smart (weighing) scales.
Other must have none kitchen related devices include:
- Amazon Echo, Google Home or an Apple Homepod.
- Wireless speaker systems.
- Fitness bands.
- Smart Thermostats.
So there you have have it, 9 awesome smart home gadgets that every smart home enthusiast should aspire to acquire!
Technology speeds on
It’s fair to say the world has only just entered the ‘Smart Age‘ over the last few years. You can bet as technology continues to advance – especially smart home technology systems, both inventors and billionaire businesses will introduce more mind blowing gadgets for us consumers to drivel over.
I am for one welcome it and can’t wait to see what’s on offer in the next few years!
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