Find out what to look for to turn your new house into a smart home.
When you’re moving into a new home, there’s a lot to consider. It involves a lot of decisions and a lot of work, but ultimately the goal is to set up a comfortable space that makes everyday life comfortable, enjoyable and easy. Luckily we live in a time where technology can help to improve nearly every aspect of our lives. That includes our homes.
That’s right — smart home gadgets that focus on saving time and money in everyday processes around the house are a thing now! Even better, most of them are easy to install into your new home. This is the best tech to help you turn your new house into an intuitive, responsive and convenient smart home.
One of the initial benefits of integrating technology into home life, devices that respond to voice commands are one of the most popular for new and existing homeowners. These gadgets are quite literally at your beck and call.
They come in the form of a small, discrete device that can be placed anywhere in your home. If you’re cooking dinner and you’d like to lookup an ingredient, all you have to do is call out your question. You can even add it to your grocery list and place an order with your local delivery service — all while you continue what you’re working on.
- Voice controlled home hubs are readily available, with Amazon and Google both offering popular choices.
Another popular feature of many smart home devices — the ability to remotely control aspects of your home provides convenience and peace of mind.
Most smart home technology with remote access is powered by your mobile phone, with an app that accesses your devices. Simply download the app for 24/7 access anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection. Imagine the peace of mind that comes with being able to make sure your doors are locked, your garage door is down and the AC is turned off while you’re on holiday.
- Smart heating and cooling systems such as Nest are a great example of home tech with remote access.
Everything is connected these days — smart home devices are no exception. If you’re thinking about integrating technology into your home design, it’s worth looking into devices that are compatible. This ensures they will connect and stay synced, making it easier for you to control your home environment remotely.
Most smart devices will sync with your phone, which is pretty convenient in itself. Many smart devices will also sync with each other, which allows you to really make the most of all your new tech. Imagine someone ringing your doorbell while you’re away, which syncs with a camera that will instantly snap a photo and send it to your phone.
- Smart doorbells by Ring and Google are a great example of devices that offer interconnectivity. These little gadgets can sync with security cameras and smart locks to ensure your home stays safe.
You may be thinking that integrating all of these devices into your new home will send your energy bill soaring. Not true. In fact, it’s the opposite. One of the biggest benefits of smart tech for new homeowners is the ability to save energy and cut down your utility bills each month.
Many devices allow you to remotely control energy-using home staples such as heating, cooling and lights. Gone are the wasteful days of leaving the lights on while you’re out of the house, or forgetting to turn off the heat before you go on holiday. This in itself will help you cut down your power bill. Even better, many of this tech will go into power-saving mode when they’re not in use, saving you even more money each month.
- Smart plugs by companies like Samsung and Kasa offer energy saving, compatibility, remote access and voice control for household devices and appliances plugged into them.
- Smart light bulbs such as those offered by Philips can be controlled remotely, use less energy and last longer than traditional bulbs.
As with anything you put in your home, it’s important to do your research to find out what will work best with you. You’ll want to make sure you’re choosing devices that will meet your needs and your budget.
It’s also important to understand that all tech comes with a list of pros and cons. For example, many devices rely on power to function. You may have to consider your backup power options to ensure your home always runs normally. Network security is another aspect of technology that requires careful consideration and research.
The good news is that tech is pretty flexible, with new options being introduced every day. This makes it easier for you to create a smart home that meets your exact needs and comfort levels.