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When you think of a smart home, it’s not unusual to picture a voice-controlled house or a home fitted with sensors to pick up your every move. From drawing curtains to informing you who’s on the front door, a smart home is all about introducing you to a life of convenience. Technology has expanded rapidly. You are now entering an era where smart assistants like Alexa and Google assist you with house management.

So if you’re intrigued with having a tech-savvy household that can make life much more fun and convenient, there is a lot you can do. To build a smart home, you need the right gear. Once you install everything, you’re ready to live in your new home. Here are some ways you can transform your living space into a more futuristic one:

Switch Over To Tech-Friendly Security

The lock and key system are now outdated. This conventional form of security was not only easy to break into but was not the best measure to protect your house. Smart security is a multi-layered process that involves more than changing the lock on your door. It is a comprehensive spread measure that allows you to change the gate on your driveway to introduce surveillance cameras in front of your house. Places like Leeds are criminal hubs. In 2021, it was reported for every 1,000 people, almost 150 thefts had occurred.

So it’s understandable why you want to shut yourself out from society. By investing in electric gates Leeds citizens can prevent unwarranted entries. The controls also allow you to manage your gate without going down and opening it each time physically. Your house needs protection. Installing smart locks helps you forego the need for a lock and key, offering you keycards and Bluetooth-connected keys to open your front door. Certain doorbells also come with a camera. So if an intruder or an unwanted person somehow makes it through your gate and onto your front porch, you can handle them without accidentally opening your door.

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Get Vacuum Cleaners and A Roomba

Cleaning your house is part of good home upkeeping. But playing Cinderella every day can get exhausting. Sweeping requires a good amount of stamina, and if you have pets, you may have to clean up every day. By purchasing a Roomba and vacuum cleaner, you can make cleaning a practical measure chore. Roombas analyze the surface area in which it has to go across. It maps out all obstacles like furniture and begins the process of brushing with a vacuum to clean your space. Your only responsibility lies in cleaning the filter and putting the device up for a charge. But when it comes to everyday cleaning, a Roomba can help you there.

Modern vacuum cleaners are also now Bluetooth-connected, with a touch screen. Some companies like Dyson also manufacture vacuums with a front light to help you navigate and see if you have dust on your floor. The control panel allows you to control suction power so you don’t end up damaging your floors. You can also choose the setting you wish to clean in. Are you looking for a quick sweep or want to deep clean?

Better Air Monitoring

An HVAC system is integral to your smart home. While you can’t afford an elaborate design, the current air monitoring must be accurate. Ac units and heaters have gas in them. Carbon monoxide is abundant in heaters and can accumulate with time. Since it is an odorless gas, you have no way of knowing how much of it is around you without an air sensor.

This can be dangerous and may lead to a fatal outcome. However, some companies produce smart sensors that can keep tabs on the air quality around you. If there is a buildup of any lethal gas, you will be alerted with a loud beeping noise or informed through an application that you need to ventilate your house. Sometimes you may accidentally leave the gas knob turned on. This can lead to flammable gas, which smells strong and can ignite with a single spark. An air monitor in the kitchen can inform you about this buildup.

Get Into The Habit Of Smart Light Bulbs

Electricity can get expensive. It can also be bothersome if you have bulbs operating on one voltage without any option of getting dim or brighter. Within a household, you need different types of lights. If you’re in the mood to have a romantic dinner, the lights should be dim. But if you are reading, the bulbs need to be bright. Smart light bulbs are your one-stop solution to your lifestyle needs. Smart light bulbs get connected to your phone. They may have an additional application that you have to install to access the control panel.

Some lights also respond to music, causing them to strobe or change colors with the tune. Smart light bulbs also help you save money. Since you’re controlling the amount of power these bulbs should consume and require minimum voltage, you pay a lot less for your monthly utility bills.

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Use Smart Assistants

Smart assistants are artificial intelligence-powered devices that respond to voice commands. Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have their version of a smart assistant. You may know them as Siri, Echo, and Alexa. The purpose of this gear is to assist you with everyday tasks. So instead of making individual reminders, the smart assistant can do your work for you. They can remind you of your chores, arrange a call for you, answer search engine queries, and control your house’s accessories.

These can include lighting, appliances like the tv, and a sound system. Companies like Apple offer you a home widget that allows you to sync every smart device to your phone, extending to Siri. So if you wish to turn off a light or turn on a device, you have to say the words and watch the magic happen.

Final Thoughts

Technology has always been a game-changer, especially when it comes to helping us change our lifestyles. If you like going digital, you can transform your space into a technology haven with a few simple steps. You can introduce a lucrative security system that can protect your house by investing in smart security. Cleaning has never been easier than with a Roomba and vacuum. Air monitoring is also an essential feature of a smart home. Toxic gases can build up anytime, and regulating them is pivotal for easy breathing. Finally, start using smart assistants for everyday work. These devices facilitate your simple tasks without you breaking a sweat.

The smart home market is ever-expanding and opening up exciting new opportunities for modern homeowners. Namely, as technology advances by leaps and bounds, we are in a position to make our living environments more awesome, functional, and safe. Then again, all products are not created equal and you want to avoid gimmicks and subpar gadgets. Instead, focus on those that add real value to your home and upgrade your daily life. To help you in your search, we compiled a list of amazing gadgets based on our tests and existing reviews.  

Amazon Echo (2nd generation)

Smart home speakers such as Echo are popping up in homes and offices across the globe. The second generation of Amazon’s flagship is smaller, cheaper, and simply better than its predecessor. It is capable of playing music, setting alarms, producing weather reports, managing shopping lists, making calls, controlling other smart devices, etc. All of this you can do hands-free, using just your voice. After all, this enhanced speaker contains seven microphones, a Dolby processing unit, as well as 360-degree, omnidirectional audio.

iSmart Alarm

The next product on our list is one of the best home DIY security systems currently in the market. It is actually an eight-piece set that comes with two window sensors, alarm hub, two door sensors, a motion sensor, and two keychain remotes. Those who go for a pricier, premium package also get an HD security camera. The system includes customizable settings, integration with an app that tracks everything, and app- or keychain-enabled controls. Users can also choose to receive notifications via email, text and phone calls.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

This one is more than just a wireless doorbell. It is also a smart video product that seamlessly connects to your smartphone. Yes, that means you can have conversations with your visitors without having to get up and stop what you are doing. Besides, you get a product that doubles as a security camera. Did I mention that recorded videos are stored via cloud and that with an optional accessory receiver, you can hear the doorbell anywhere in your home? The only bummer to speak of is the price tag. Here is the list of some of the best wireless doorbell products.

 

Ecobee4

Programmable thermostats enable homeowners to improve heating and cooling patterns and save a lot of money in the long run. Ecobee4 is a standout product that pays for itself after less than two years. It has a user-friendly responsive display and remote-control functions. Advanced sensors analyze occupancy and temperature to automatically determine the most optimal modes. There are a bunch of smart integrations, but I would say that one killer feature is a built-in Alexa speaker. This means you can control it via voice or smartphone app.

Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

Philips Hue White is a soft light bulb you can manipulate remotely. Namely, smart controls are intuitive, a dedicated app automates the whole experience, and there is also support for Hue’s well-connected platform. What is more, you can easily add extras to your setup if you wish it so: Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, Hue Motion Sensor, etc. The product is compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The right ambience for your mood is just a few taps or voice commands away.

August Smart Lock

Smart locks have revolutionized home security and August is certainly worth your while. The interface is simple and easy to put to good use. You do not have to replace your keys, which is utterly convenient. There are auto-locks and auto-unlock features that really make your life easier. Moreover, you can count on the smooth HomeKit, Alexa, Siri, and Nest integrations. The app experience is solid and the components are well-made and sturdy. Just bear in mind that there is no alarm included in the package.

Play it smart

In this day and age, the market is flooded with cutting-edge gadgets and smart devices. They span nearly every room and automate various home systems and features. Thus, they give you a chance to be in full control of your environment. Try to stick to devices that are easy to install and use, as well as those that speak to your inner “techie”. So, it is time to comb through the internet, and embark on your own shopping adventure. Put together an intricate framework for a high-tech, 21st century home.    

Contrary to popular belief, automating your house doesn’t take away from it’s homely atmosphere. If anything, turning your abode into a “smart home” can literally transform it into a haven of relaxation, comfort and safety. That’s why air purifiers, sleep enhancing devices and high-tech sound systems are becoming standard features at some of the world’s top luxury villas and resorts. Let’s look at how these and other amazing technological gadgets can turn your home into a comfortable oasis.

360 Degree Wireless Speaker System

Ever walked into a hotel to hear relaxing melodies wafting as if through the walls? Well, they’re probably using a Bang and Ofulsen wireless speaker system. With an elegant aluminum design that looks more like a sophisticated contemporary art piece than an audio device, these 360 degree speakers create an immersive audio experience. The sound system connects to streaming services like Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn to create customised playlists. So you can choose your music according to the ambiance you want to create, whether it’s vibey, therapeutic or calming sounds. You can find Bang and Ofulsen wireless speakers creating a bespoke atmosphere at some of the world’s best spas and hotels, including Cafe Royal in London and d’Angleterre in Copenhagen.

5 Smart Automation Gadgets For Your House

Nest Learning Thermostat

This energy saving smart thermostat is fast becoming a favourite among property owners all over the world, and it’s not surprising to see why. Not only does it come with a convenient round dial design, but as the name suggests, it also “learns” what your preferences are and automatically creates a customised schedule to suit those preferences over time. However, you don’t have to use the dial as the device comes with an app that allows you to alter your home’s temperature and control settings from anywhere. The App also gives you an overview of how much energy you’re using so that you can control your energy consumption to meet your family’s needs. My favourite feature about the Nest Learning Thermostat is that it can sense when everyone is out of the house, and turns itself off automatically, saving you even more in energy costs.

5 Smart Automation Gadgets For Your House

Luna Smart Bedcover to Improve your Sleep

The Luna Smart Bedcover acts a central nervous system for your bedroom, adjusting the lights and temperature of your bed and the room to suit your preferences, making it warm in winter and cool in summer. Throughout the night, the bedcover tracks your sleep and then sends the information to your Luna app, which you can then view the next day. Basically, it calms the entire atmosphere of your bedroom as you fall asleep, helping you to optimise your sleep so that you can wake up feeling well rested and revitalised every day.

Kuna Outdoor Camera

The Kuna is a tiny Wifi camera that comes camouflaged inside an outdoor light fixture. This smart camera immediately notifies you when someone’s at the door by sending an alert to your phone. This way, you can ask the delivery guy to leave your package at the door for you to pick it up later, or spot intruders without them even knowing it. You can even set off a 100+ decibel siren alarm if you see someone trying to break in or speak directly from your phone into the camera’s speaker to deter them. In fact, you can use your phone as a remote control to speak to people on your property at any time, from anywhere, thanks to the Kuna app.

5 Smart Automation Gadgets For Your House

The camera is weatherproof, and comes in three different styles and two different colors, namely bronze and black. So it looks chic whether you place it at your front door, gate or at your garage. Lastly, Kuna gives you live and recorded video in HD quality, and crystal clear sound with motion detectors that are programmed to only notify you when an actual person is at the door. No more annoying alerts from random dogs or joggers passing by your door.

Awair

Awair is a nifty device which purifies the air in your house, eliminating toxins and chemicals so that all you’re left with is refreshingly clean air. It comes with an app that lets you know which factors affect your air quality from temperature, to humidity, chemicals and dust. It also helps you track air quality as it changes, while actively following the improvements in air quality over time. With better air quality comes improved sleep, better health and even the cessation of allergies. I especially love that the device is made from natural materials and can connect with other smart devices like Nest and Alexa for easy integration into your smart home.  The Awair comes in various sizes, from big units that can cater to entire floors, as well as smaller devices can be placed in compact spaces like nurseries and bedrooms.

5 Smart Automation Gadgets For Your House

With smart home devices like these, life has truly become been easier and more relaxed. From optimizing sleep or livening things up with customised sounds, and enjoying peace of mind with stylish safety features, we have officially entered the Home IQ Tech age. And there’s never been a better time to enjoy a smart home than today.