A smart home doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to fill your home with expensive gadgets. A smart home utilizes technology in a smart and efficient way to save money and to make your life easier. Not only that, but by adding a few technological creature comforts, you can make your home safer and more comfortable. These days, if you get a knock on you door, you can easily check to see who’s there from hundreds of miles away – all thanks to the brilliance of smartphone and tablet applications. So, are you ready to smarten up your home for the 21st century? Here are five tips for converting your home into a smart home.
- Install satellite controlled locking for the doors in your home. There are some applications that allow you to connect the locking mechanism in your home to a smartphone or tablet application. Not only can you lock and unlock your doors remotely, but you can also check to see who is at the door. If you are getting a delivery and you trust the courier, you can easily let them in. This app will also let you know when your locking mechanism is being tampered, so that you can call the police.
- Purchase smart kitchen appliances. For instance, today’s refrigerators are much more intelligent than they used to be. From a touchscreen, you can adjust the temperature and you can even use applications, like music playing software. Not only that, but if your fridge is ajar, your refrigerator will let you know. When it comes down to it, you can even post digital photos, have a grocery list, or a reminder that you have left overs from last night’s dinner still in the fridge.
- Lighting automation. There are also programs you can use for lighting automation. For instance, if you have to walk a small distance to get to one of the rooms in your home, don’t you wish that each room lit up as you walked through it – instead of having to flick on a bunch of different light switches? With a lighting automation system, this is all totally possible. Not only is it convenient, but it will also save you money on utility and electricity bills.
- Install a smart thermostat. These days, thermostats can either be programmed or they can adapt and learn your unique temperature specifications. Don’t you wish that you had a thermostat that knew you as well as one of your coworkers or distant cousins? One of the factors to consider when buying a new air conditioner is whether or not you should get a brand new thermostat. At the end of the day, a smart thermostat could save you a significant amount of money.
- Use radiant heating. Wouldn’t you like to wake up one morning and step on to luxuriously heated wood or tiled floors? Indeed, wood and tile doesn’t really absorb warmth, so you are forced to wear clunky slippers. However, with a heated floor, you can not only keep your feet comfortable, but you can also save money on your heating bills.