Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “smart home” and want to get on the bandwagon. But after doing your initial research, you’ll soon realize that there are tons of smart devices out there.
So where do you start if you want to increase your home’s IQ? Which smartphone should you get first?
Here’s our take on how you should make your home smarter – from the first item you should get to the ones that can wait a little later.
1. Smart Hub
If you want to build your smart home, you need to have at least one smart home hub. That’s because this acts as the central control center for your smart home. Although you can control your smart home on your smartphone, it is not a convenient solution.
After all, you don’t have your smartphone on you all the time when you’re at home. In addition, a smart home hub can unify all the apps used by different smart devices, ensuring that you don’t need to open different apps to interact with them.
2. Smart Lights/Switches
Smart bulbs are one of the easiest smart home devices to buy, set up and use – we even have a smart bulb setup guide you can follow if you already have one. Since light bulbs are one of the things you interact with a lot in your home, it only makes sense to make them smarter.
You could also opt for smart switches instead of light bulbs. If you don’t need dimming or color changing lights, a smart switch could be cheaper in the long run. That’s because you can buy dimmer LED bulbs, which are much cheaper, every time one of your bulbs burns out.
Plus, with a smart switch, you can easily turn it on remotely, even if the physical switch is accidentally turned off. However, installing a hardwired smart switch is a bit more complicated. You should check our hard smart light switch installation guide to see if you can do it before you buy.
3. Smart Outlets
Once you’ve added smarts to your lights, you can get smart outlets to help make your plug-in appliances smart. For example, you can use a smart outlet to control your desk lamp. That way, you can turn it on or off by using voice commands or routines to automate it.
Another example is using a smart outlet on your workstation. You can use a smart outlet to control a workstation. So, you can turn an office desk on or off with a single command. No more worrying about overcharging a laptop or tablet. And you don’t have to turn on each item individually when you start working.
4. Smart Motion Sensors
If you often forget to turn off lights or if you want lights to turn on automatically every time you pass them, consider installing smart motion sensors. These small devices will detect movement, or lack thereof, and deliver commands to your devices.
For example, if you are walking on your stairs, you can install a smart motion sensor that will command your stair lights to turn on whenever it detects someone. Or you can turn off your smart bathroom lights when the smart motion sensor in your bathroom doesn’t detect anyone inside.
This small device, usually battery-powered, can help you save power by turning off lights and appliances that aren’t needed.
5. Video Smart Bells
When someone rings the doorbell, you usually have to go to the door to check who it is. But, sometimes you can’t do that – say you’re baking in the kitchen or working in your office.
But with a smart video doorbell, you can always check who’s at the door. If you have a smart hub to display, you’ll instantly see who’s at the door. Alternatively, you can set a smart video doorbell to notify you on your phone. So, even if you’re away, you’ll see who came.
Most smart video doorbells even come with a microphone and speaker, allowing you to talk to the person at the door.
6. Smart Security Cameras
Going one step above the smart video doorbell, you may want to install smart security cameras. These devices can monitor your grounds and record what is happening around them.
And while it’s tedious to comb through hours of footage, you can get a subscription like Nest Aware or Nest Aware Pro that will record and automatically notify you of events it captures when you’re away. home
7. Smart Blinds
Most people wouldn’t give smart blinds a second look – but these things come in handy, especially when you’re going to bed and waking up. By installing smart blinds, you can automate it, making it easier for you to wake up or fall asleep.
For example, if you have smart blinds, you can set them to close automatically when you give the command ‘goodnight’ which sets your home when you sleep. When your alarm goes off, you can automatically open your smart blinds, helping you wake up naturally.
8. Smart Appliances
Once you’ve decided on the above, consider getting other smart appliances. While most people don’t need smart devices, they provide incremental quality of life improvements that make your life easier.
For example, you can get a smart coffee maker that automatically makes coffee for you when your alarm goes off. That way, as soon as you get to the kitchen, you can have a hot cup of golden brown ready to drink. Or you can get a smart robotic vacuum cleaner that automatically cleans your house as soon as you leave for work.
Make Your Home Smarter One Step at a Time
Although you can get all these devices at once, it could cost you a pretty penny. That’s why making your home smarter step by step is a smart move. That way, you can control your costs while slowly discovering the benefits and controls of your smart home.
With that information, you can figure out how smart you want your home to be. That way, you can enjoy your smart home without feeling like you overspent on any of your smart devices.