Are you aware of all the ways you can make your home smarter? There is an ever-increasing number of home automation ideas — from the common to the almost unimaginable.
Of course, if you’re looking to start adding automation to your home, some ideas make more sense than others.
We’ll take a look at ten ideas here to get you started.
- Video System
Smart video is more than just having a smart TV. With an entire system, for example, you can find your television remote by triple tapping a light switch and listening for your remote to start beeping.
Or you can set the system to lock your home’s front and rear doors when you fire up a movie or program. You can also control your lights, so they dim.
If you love the idea of walking into your home and having your TV already on and broadcasting your favorite channel, a smart video system can make that happen. You can even set the volume of your child’s TV to a preset level, as well as a push notification that enables you to turn off their TVs at a designated time.
- Speaker System
If you’re going to have a high-quality video system, then you’ll want a smart speaker system, too. You’ll have the best user experience when watching a movie, listening to music, or just taking in the current weather forecast.
The ideal smart speaker system for your home will have wireless capability for control and playback, as well as multiple forms of application-based and voice controls. Look for speakers with the highest quality sound for the best results.
If you’re considering a home security system but aren’t ready to take the plunge, you can start with a smart doorbell. No matter where you are — whether in your bedroom, the office, the car, or at the gym — you’ll be able to use your smartphone to see who’s at the door.
And if you buy one with audio capabilities, you can even talk with the person at the door, if needed. This can help if you’re expecting a delivery or someone has brought something that can be left at your neighbor’s house.
Another excellent security measure is a smart lock.
There are many different versions of smart locks. But to keep it simple, you may want to start with a lock that automatically secures the door into a locked position after you walk in. That way, when your hands are full, or you’re just distracted, you never need to wonder whether you’re safe inside.
Smart lighting systems have come a long way since the early days. In today’s smart lighting market, compatibility isn’t the issue it once was because the controls are built directly into the LED. So now, you can install smart lighting systems that are incredibly user-friendly.
You can even create complex schedules that give the illusion that you’re home when you’re not. So in a sense, a lighting system is also an added security measure.
You could be saving some serious money by putting your home’s temperature on a schedule too. In some areas, there is a higher charge for energy used during peak hours. So with a smart thermostat, you can set it to pre-cool or pre-heat your home before those peak hours.
On the flip side, you can also set it to turn on or off when it’s above or below a certain temperature outside. That way, you’re not running your system needlessly.
- Ceiling Fan
Increase your energy efficiency further with a smart ceiling fan. There are quite a few smart fan benefits.
Today’s smart ceiling fans have advanced temperature sensors that turn your fans on and off as needed so that you’re not wasting energy. Similar to a thermostat, you can set them to only come on when the temperature rises to a specific level.
Some additional features include built-in temperature and humidity sensors with reversible motors. That means that you can also use your ceiling fan during the winter months to push the warm air back down toward the floor.
You might think that getting a smart mattress and pillow falls into the luxury category. But the fact is, getting poor sleep or not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to your health. That’s why there are even smart mattresses now.
One way to help people who have issues with sleeping is to track their patterns while they sleep. A smart mattress can keep track of the amount of time you sleep, how well you slept, breathing patterns, and other stats to help you get a good night of rest. There are even plans for a smart mattress that can determine risks like heart attacks and sleep apnea.
There are also plans for a smart pillow that will have a carbon dioxide and audio sensor to help regulate breathing while falling asleep.
- Smoke Detector
It’s one thing to know that you’ll be informed when there’s a high level of carbon dioxide or smoke in your house. It’s another to have a device that can turn on a built-in sprinklers when the level of smoke is dangerous.
While not all smart smoke detectors have this feature, it’s a wise investment to get one that does.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you may want to consider adding a few smart appliances. A smart refrigerator can “tell” you its contents while you’re grocery shopping, so you don’t end up with that extra gallon of milk.
A smart stove can be set earlier in the day to preheat while you’re heading home from work. Then it’ll be heated and ready to go when you arrive.
Home Automation Ideas for Everyone
The above home automation ideas are just the beginning. Once you start using smart home devices regularly, you’ll be able to explore the next level of home automation.
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