A “smart home” is a house that has multiple interconnected devices and home appliances that perform certain actions that help save energy, time and money.
According to statistics site Statista, the global smart home market has been forecasted to reach over $53 billion by 2022. Smart home devices can help automate and make tasks in the home more convienent and efficient.
These are the top devices for creating the ultimate smart home.
A Smart Home Hub
The No. 1 must-have device for a smart home is a smart home hub like the Amazon Echo, powered by its voice assistant Alexa. It can connect to many other start home devices directly so that you can control them with the sound of your voice. It can fill your room with 360-degree audio, make phone calls, set alarms, answer questions, help you remember your grocery list and so much more, without you ever having to leave your favorite chair.
A Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is right up there among the most popular devices for a smart home as it can help you save big on your utility bills. The top device on the market today is the Ecobee4. The Ecobee’s latest version has multiple sensors which can help detect and reduce cold or hot spots in a room. It’s enabled by Alexa, which means that it can also work as an Amazon speaker to control other devices or just play your favorite tunes. It’s a good idea to invest in a few of them around your house for optimal temperature control.
There are a number of good options for security cameras, including the affordable Amazon Cloud Cam that can easily be installed in any room in your house for real-time motion notifications as well as providing free round-the-clock clip storage. If you subscribe to Amazon Cloud, the cam can also be set to receive person alerts and monitor specific zones. Plus, it can be discreetly placed hidden away, such as between bookshelves.
The iCamera Keep Pro is another great option that’s a full-feature home security camera. It can be used as a standalone device or incorporated into an iSmartAlarm DIY security system. It includes a motion-tracking feature for following someone around the room, as well as event-triggered video recording, sound and motion detection. It also comes with support for integration, an SD card slot for local storage and free cloud storage too.
A video doorbell like the SkyBell HD video doorbell is a different take on the home security camera. When someone comes to your door, you’ll be able to see and speak with whomever is there. This is the latest, much higher-tech version, delivering highly detailed video that includes color night vision. It also captures a few seconds of footage before a triggered event and it’s able to integrate with multiple third-party smart home gadgets. The SkyBell HD comes with free cloud storage for all video that’s recorded too.
Smart lighting is lighting that you can control from an app on your smartphone, like Lutron’s in-wall smart switches which work with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Net and more. It has a security mode to help it make it look like you’re home when you’re away. The app will ask you to name all the lights in your home and will let you group multiple lights into zones and rooms. It’s very handy for controlling lights using Siri commands – all you have to do is ask her to turn off the lights downstairs and she’ll know just what you mean.