A smart home is much more than simply not having to lift a finger to turn on the lights [link to Philips hue blog], it can also help us manage our energy, control our entertainment systems, and be more productive at home. Technology that was once only found in the pages of science-fiction novels is now in our homes, and that technology is only going to develop.
It’s easy and affordable to start turning your home into a smart home, and you’ll be amazed at how much more comfortable and fun your home is to be in. Here are some quick top tips to help you start your smart home with the best foundation.
- Make Sure You Have a Reliable Internet Connection
While having an inconsistent internet connection won’t prevent you from building your smart home, it will make it more difficult. If you have a spotty connection now is the time to make an upgrade to a better plan or simply call your provider to complain about the service. Here’s a link to a free speedtest that you can use to see how much bandwidth you’re really getting.
- Choose an Assistant and Stick with Them
There are three assistants to choose from; Alexa (or Echo), Google, or Siri. While the Amazon Echo is flexible in working with both Android and iOS devices, you’ll have the least amount of compatibility issues if you continue to work with what you use for your smartphone. For example, if you have a Samsung, try to choose between Alexa and Google, rather than moving across to Siri.
- Position Your Assistant in the Heart of the Home
Position your assistant in the heart of your home or in the entryway. This way, you won’t have to shout every time you need something, and they’ll be right there when you come in through the front door. If you have a large home, purchase multiple devices and link them together.
- A Smart Thermostat Will Save You Money
If you’re interested in saving money, a smart thermostat will better regulate the temperature in your home to keep you comfortable and save energy. Some energy companies even offer financial benefits for having one, so it’s worth looking into.
Here are some popular options just to name a few.
- Use Your Smart Home to Keep it Safe
Smart home security systems are some of the best available, and they’re giving you all kinds of capabilities your standard burglar alarms. These new security systems link with your smartphone to let you know who is at your front door, when someone goes near your mailbox, when there’s motion in your home, and many other great features which will help you keep your family safe, no matter where you are in the world.
- Secure Your Network
An important step in developing your smart home is to ensure you have a secure network, especially if you use smart home security and own valuables that may make your home a target.
- Take the Time to Learn About IFTTT
As you start to add more devices, apps, and services to your smart home, you need to think about how you can maximize their capabilities and get them to work with one another. IFTTT (“if this then that”) is a free online service that allows you to connect all your apps, devices, and services so you can do more with what you’ve got, far more simply. When you master IFTTT, you’ll truly have the smart home you dream of. Here’s some great IFTTT resources to check out: