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Are you completely lost when it comes to smart home technology? Don’t know where to begin? Or what to buy?
Not to worry, we are here to help, with our super beginner smart home guide.
To kick off our smart home guide for beginners, we are going to dive straight into the world of smart speakers. They not only provide sound and audio around the house, but they also come equipped with a digital assistant. Some of the most popular digital assistants include Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Google's Cortana. If you're having trouble trying to decide which is best for you, we went further into depth on another blog post about different smart speakers that provide voice recognition.
If you want to build out your smart home without a smart speaker, we explain just how to do that here.
Once you've decided on a smart speaker, it's time to take a look at smart bulbs.
Next in this smart home guide is smart lights, which is probably one of the easiest ways to smarten up your home. Since they are energy efficient, they can also save you money in the long run. We call that a win-win! After all, it’s as easy as screwing in a light bulb. How many smart home beginners does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, because it is that easy!
They are also extremely renter-friendly, unlike installing a smart thermostat or putting in a brand new smart stove. You can find all kinds of smart bulbs that will fit perfectly in your home here.
Smart plugs are extremely versatile and allow you to control almost any device with your phone or smart speaker. This includes things like Christmas Trees, a wall AC, or really anything you can think of.
If you love the idea of controlling lights and devices without having to stop reading a book, getting up from your favorite couch, or comfortably in bed, then this is a must-have. Picking the right one may seem difficult, but we're making this smart home guide to make it easy for you! Check out these smart outlets to figure out which would work best in your soon-to-be smart home.
There are a growing number of smart thermostat options on the market, though the most popular options are made by Nest and ecobee. A smart thermostat will make your house more comfortable, and will also save you money through long-term savings in energy costs. Thermostats can end up costing us a fortune if it isn’t set right, or if someone messes with it.
Trust in your thermostat, giving you the comfort of knowing your home is safe when you’re not home. This product is best for homeowners looking to invest in their home, to ultimately cut some cost. We highly recommend that you explore these thermostat products and weigh out the different options.
Smart Coffee Makers
Who doesn’t love a fresh cup of coffee in the morning? But more importantly, who loves it when you don’t have to make it? We sure do!
Some smart coffee maker models can let you set up specific temperature ranges and other customizations that just aren’t possible with old school coffee makers. Start your day off right, with your next cup of coffee, in the comfort of your own home. Talk about waking up on the right side of the bed.
Next up in this smart home guide is smart locks! Smart locks can let you issue one time access codes to friends and families, automatically open for you if they detect your paired smartphone, and add an extra layer of security to your home. You no longer have to find your keys or unlock your door with hands full of groceries. Instead, you'll be able to seamlessly enter your home with no problems.
You can also unlock the door straight from your smartphone if you're busy or remote and someone is locked out. Smart locks offer convenience and security that you can't get from a regular door lock. Check out some of our favorite smart locks.
Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt ($266) features a sophisticated design, speaks three languages, and boasts easy-to-use controls.
Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt ($182) works very well within Apple’s smart-home framework and offers a simple, intuitive app that makes it easy to manage user codes.
Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt ($147) is a uniquely convenient smart lock that can let you in with a single touch.
Smart Security Cameras
If security is something you are interested in, don’t stop at a smart lock. Modern smart security cameras allow you to check on your house, pet, or family members from any location. Today’s cameras are equipped with smart and proactive security features to make home surveillance stress-free and simple.
You have full access to almost all angles with these top picks of security cameras.
The purpose of this smart home guide is to give you insight and direction, so here are some security cameras that we recommend:
Amazon Cloud Cam ($120) crisp 1080p HD live feed, prompt motion notifications, and free 24-hour clip storage set a new value standard for indoor home security cameras.
Netgear Arlo Pro ($249) works indoors and outdoors, you get seven days of free event-based cloud storage, and its rechargeable battery is supposed to last for up to six months.
Nest Hello ($199) video doorbell looks great and works well consistently. Its optional facial recognition feature and advanced integrations with the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Google Home speakers set this smart buzzer above the rest.
We are confident the products in this smart home guide will improve your day to day life, make your home safer, efficient, and simply put, SMARTER.
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