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Monday, November 13, 2017

5 Smart Home Features That You'll Start Seeing Everywhere

Are you looking to make your life just a little bit easier? If you’re shopping for a new home or looking to install smart home gadgets in your existing home, the number of available products is growing rapidly. You can control your lighting, your thermostat, or even set up an entire connected system to control from your smartphone.

From smart speakers to smoke detectors and home locks, this technology space is ushering in the connected home. Companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, Philips, and more are investing in this technology, and it’s becoming increasingly common to see smart features in homes.

Smart Speakers

There are many smart speaker options available right now, but Amazon’s Echo speakers with Alexa are undoubtedly the most ubiquitous. You can use them to play music, control other smart home gadgets, ask questions, and even purchase items from Amazon. With upcoming options from Apple, and Google’s Home line available, smart speakers are becoming a fixture in every home.

Smart Thermostat

What started with Nest (now part of Alphabet, Google’s parent company) is now the standard in thermostats. Control your thermostat from your smartphone, as it learns your habits, saves energy, and even integrates with voice assistants like Alexa. Many smart thermostats feature touchscreen interfaces and multiple sensors for individual rooms so that you can maximize your energy savings.

Smart Home Locks

Protect your home by always having a secure way to enter using a code, your smartphone, and integration with Apple’s HomeKit platform with a smart lock. There are several options on the market from established deadbolt companies and new technology startups, but they all offer ease of use compared to carrying a key. Most smart locks’ designs are simple and elegant while also serving the practical purpose of keeping you safe.

Smart Light Bulbs

While the Philips Hue series may be the first name that comes to mind, other smart light bulbs are growing in popularity. Some allow you to change the light color, adjust brightness, and control everything from a single hub. No more forgetting to turn off the lights: you can control them from anywhere, set schedules to turn them off, and even have your lights welcome you home.

Smart Hubs

With a wide variety of smart home gadgets comes a necessity to centralize and integrate them. A smart hub accomplishes just this, combining everything into a single app which you can control from your phone. You’ll pair all your smart devices with it and then be able to manage them all from one interface.

Even More

Smart home technology is constantly growing, and there are even more gadgets out there, like smart garage door openers, connected appliances, smart smoke detectors, and smart security cameras. If they can add value to your home and your life, consider making them a part of your home and enhancing your connected lifestyle.

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