How to Make Your Home Smarter
Smart home technology has been taking off the past few years with the emergence of IoT tech (internet of things) gaining popularity. Smart homes are more than just installing technology into both your house and household appliances. It is a way of saving water and reducing carbon emissions. Smart home technology gives homeowners greater security, helps fight global warming, and makes life for those who live in said houses more convenient. While there is a plethora of smart home devices, most unfortunately are gimmicks. Others have great functionality; the useful ones will save you a ton. Knowing which smart home devices are worth the purchase is discussed below. So, before you get any smart home appliance professionally installed, this list will let you know what you’re buying and what will be the most useful for your home.
Save money and energy
If you wish to save money and energy, install a smart energy monitor. Smart energy monitors have been increasing in popularity due to their positive impact on the environment and consumers’ wallets. Smart energy monitors keep track of the amount of electricity consumed by all your smart home appliances. The catch with smart energy monitors is that they often must be the same brand as the smart home appliances throughout your house. Getting your smart appliances connected to your smart energy monitor takes a lot of expertise so it’s best to get them professionally connected. However, it’s becoming easier to pair your devices together and some houses come with a smart energy monitor already installed.
How do smart energy monitors work?
Getting a smart energy monitor working is easy if your house was built between 2014-2020 or has smart home technology installed. However, if you have an older home or the smart home technology is more complex, it can be more difficult. To get the smart home energy monitor connected to your smart devices, you will have to pair it to your breaker-box. Again, sometimes this is best done professionally or if you have the tools to do this yourself. For the best results, pair your smart energy monitors with a smart thermostat to save more money and produce less CO2 by regulating your air-conditioning use.
Mesh wi-fi router
If you use the internet at home, you’ll notice that in some areas of your house internet speeds tend to be slower, while near the wi-fI router, it’s faster. This is due to the radio waves that your wi-fi produces becoming slower each time it passes through a wall leading to “dead-zone” areas. The problem of “dead-zones” is what a mesh wi-fi router solves. Mesh wi-fi routers are designed to spread out the signals evenly throughout your house. To get it working, simply connect your main router through each mesh router and the problem should be solved. Mesh router set-up difficulty depends on which brand you choose. Google’s mesh routers are the easiest to get up-and-running.
Smart security system
You can’t have a proper smart home without having a smart security system of some sort. There are a wide array of smart security systems from small-scale motion tracking devices to mega-enterprise professionally installed security systems offered by companies like ADT. Whichever one you choose, having some form of house monitoring is a positive. It can also bring peace of mind. Knowing if your door is closed, if a window is open, and knowing the second someone tries to open your front door, they’ll be recorded, is immensely satisfying. Smart home security is the most expensive item on this list but it’s the most popular smart home application of them all.
The new age of smart homes
Smart home technology is only getting better. In the past five years, companies have invested billions into their IoT products. As 5G begins rolling out through the world, these IoT products will only get smarter and faster. Smart technology is the new electricity and could change the way we view our homes forever.