The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Creating a Smart Home

Creating a smart home, where technology controls everything from lighting to room temperature, used to be an expensive ordeal. Now, home automation systems are found in homes of all sizes around the world. If you’re considering upgrading your humble abode with the latest smart technology, use these strategies to make the tech-friendly transition easier.

Determine Your Needs

From playing music in every room to providing heightened security, smart devices are designed to accommodate a variety of needs. Before you buy a bunch of smart equipment, figure out exactly what you want it to accomplish so you can be sure the installation effort is worthwhile.

Lay the Foundation for Success

Smart products rely on strong Wi-Fi connections to properly communicate with the internet and smartphones, so before integrating any new systems, set up a Wi-Fi network that accommodates your needs. If you own a larger home, where smart products may be scattered throughout the property, Wi-Fi networks must cover a wider range.

Install a mesh Wi-Fi system to ensure that all products stay connected to the internet, and place several different Wi-Fi network devices throughout your home to create a single network that’s able to cover everything from your bedroom to the garage.

Start Small and Simple

Once you’ve determined your needs and installed a Wi-Fi network, you can integrate your smart products. Start with the basic items that are easy to set up and use right away. Some homeowners begin with a Smart Plug, which automates lighting, monitors energy usage, and more. With this handy product, you can schedule lights to turn on and off and track energy usage in devices placed throughout your home.

Other forms of smart lighting are popular too. Smart bulbs and dimmers, for example, require basic electrical work to install but allow you to control your home’s lighting from anywhere in the world—you can light up the whole house before you pull into the driveway or make sure everything’s turned off from across the country

Home Assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant answer questions, play music, turn on lights, and even tell jokes. By listening to your commands, these devices can set up a call with a friend, order an Uber, or deliver a weather report.  If you have a fully decked out smart home, a virtual assistant can control numerous smart devices throughout the house so you don’t have to use two or three apps to initiate commands.

Enjoy Your New Home

High-tech features can make your day-to-day routines simpler—even fun. Integrating devices with your home may take time, but if you have a lot of needs and interests that technology can help with, you’ll enjoy living in a sophisticated home that operates with heightened efficiency.

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