Our homes in the future will all be connected via our smartphones. Our homes will become very convenient and extremely efficient. If this has got you thinking and you now want to look at turning your home into a smartphone, but you are not sure where to start, then continue reading as we will give you a guide on the best approach to begin with.
Smart homes explained
There are no exact requirements when it comes to making your home a smart home. You can simply install one device, or as many devices as you’d like, in order to make your home a smart home. So, for example, you may choose to just install lighting that is smart or have smart entertainment. What’s great is that you can do this one at a time as you can afford it, or as you find new products that suit you.
Making your home smart
There are lots of different devices that are available on the market, which you can use to turn your home into a smart home. For example, to name but a few, there are smart TVs, thermostats, refrigerators and coffeemakers. You just need to decide what you would like in your home; this is your starting point.
Your home network
You also need to look at your home network, as smart devices usually require Wi-Fi access. If you connect lots of devices to your limited network, not only will it make it slow, it can also become a security risk.
Your smart devices will be sending out, processing and transmitting data and sometimes some things may be private, so for this reason you need to make sure that you have a secure network. One way of doing this is to ensure that your passwords are encrypted. Only provide these passwords to whoever needs them and avoid using old passwords that you’ve used before.
What Smart Devices to Buy
Some smart devices can alert you to your Smartphone if they sense heat or carbon monoxide.
There are many smart security devices available on the market. If you would like to know who is knocking on your door you can use a Ring device. As soon as someone approaches your door you will receive alerts and a live camera image. Contact door experts to see how Ring can fit in with your security requirements.
Another option is that you can get smart technology that allows you watch your kids and your pets remotely. Some of these devices have night vision and even have the ability to allow you to speak to your children or pets.
If you’d like your home to be vacuumed up whilst you’re away you can buy a smart vacuum. Some of these can be controlled via an app and can be voice-activated.
If you’d like your washing to be done at a particular time you can purchase a smart washer dryer. Again, this can be controlled by an app.
These products may need an appliance service company who can make sure that your smart products are kept in full working order. As technology improves, the chance of malfunction increases on the electronics side.
As mentioned above, keeping the home clean with smart products is definitely the way forward, but when we turn our attention to the outside of our property, you may still need to contact a residential pest control company to keep pests at bay. Also, as you can imagine, smart technology has not fully reached the outside yet so you will have to consider items such as a sprinkler system or a mulch ground cover to keep your grounds in good condition.
You can either choose to have a smart speaker in the room that you spend the most amount of time in, or you could more elaborate and choose a portable smart speaker that is waterproof and can be used outside.
You have to bear in mind that when you are installing a sound system in your property that you have consulted your local insulation installers so that they can advise you if insulating your walls will aid in the reduction of sound transfer.
If you want to turn one room in your house into a room that can create all ambiences and moods, then look to a Philips Hue system. This system simply needs to connect to your Wi-Fi and then you can control your smart lighting via your smartphone.
If you don’t want to be that extravagant you could try using a single smart bulb which doesn’t require a hub to use it. You simply place the smart bulb into a floor lamp, bedside a table lamp or into a task light. Next, you link this up to your Wi-Fi network and you are now ready to change the colour to suit your mood.
Another option would be to update your existing lighting system to become smart. This is ideal if you don’t want to remove all of your current light bulbs, but you do you want to have smart lighting. You could go for an option such as Noon. With Noon you can have dimming control and you can also create night-lights and holiday mode – simply install one switch to do this.
Additional Aspects to Consider
As we have mentioned previously, turning your home into a smart home doesn’t have to be difficult. Try not to overlook the extra furniture that you may require, as some of these devices will need housing. Many items that you buy will either be pre-assembled or in some cases some furniture assembly may be required. This can be undertaken yourself if you are DIY savvy or alternatively you could contact a local handyman for assistance.
Installing your Smart technology
Once you’ve gone out and bought your smart technology, you are ready to install it. You will likely need to make sure that it is compatible with devices such as the Alexa or Google Assistant. Once installed, you can start enjoying your new smart home, making your day easier, safer and more convenient!