If you found some of the smart home trends for 2021 interesting enough to want to give them a go but never got the chance to do it, this is your cue. In 2021, statista recorded over 258 million smart homes worldwide. Here is how to make yours next on the list.
Simply Installing a Few Smart Devices Won’t Make the Cut
While there are no actual requirements or rules to comply with to turn a standard house into a smart home, most people believe simply installing a few smart devices around will suffice. In reality, you will need to come up with a basic plan following your needs.
Start the process by selecting the most suitable voice-controlled assistant for your home. It could be anything from Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, or Samsung Bixby. Consider the type of things the voice assistant will allow you to control. These tasks can range from simple mobile tasks to household commands. A few tasks that are typically standard include thermostat control, light bulb switching, or security controls for your alarm and monitoring cameras.
The voice-controlled assistant you will choose will help you connect the rest of the smart devices you plan on using. Therefore, it is essential to choose an assistant that is fully compatible with the rest of the smart devices you will opt for.
Smart Security Apps
Used together with standard door locks installed by expert locksmiths, smart security apps will bring more security, peace of mind, and convenience to your smart home. If you are still not sure whether or why you need a security app, here are a few quick answers for you:
- smart security apps are compatible with all known operating systems which means you will be able to easily use them on your current smartphones or tablets
- these apps are normally free, incredibly easy to install, and use
- they can turn any smartphone, tablet, or laptop into a remote control for managing all locks and security cameras in the house
- smart apps like Reolink let you watch 5MP quality videos recorded by surveillance cameras on a 24/7 basis
- most smart security apps include night-time images thanks to the advanced night vision options they come with
- some apps will also allow you to set up additional motion detection alerts
- smart security apps like Ivideon let you send out audio messages while watching live images from inside the house on your selected smartphone or tablet
- apps like Ring Video Doorbell enable users to watch and record images of guests or delivery personnel
Smart Plugs for Smart Homes
Smart plugs are some of the smallest smart home elements you could invest in. They are not only cheap, but also incredibly easy to install and make use of by the least tech-friendly homeowners. A smart plug allows you to know and control which electronics are turned on and off around the house using special apps or a voice-operated assistant. How cool would it be to turn on the A/C or patio lights when you are still miles away from home, to get the place ready for your arrival? Smart plugs can also be used to schedule the functioning hours for certain devices, including plenty of outdoor elements.
Lights On With Smart Lighting
How would you like to step into your home at night and say “I’m home” and watch your lights turn on instantly? Smart lighting options are excellent solutions that will let you customize the lights around your house 24/7 from a remote distance, dim them, turn them on and off, or use special multi-colored lights while throwing home parties. Smart lights are also good money-saving solutions that will lower your monthly electricity bills while making your home appear to be occupied nonstop. Just what you need to deter neighborhood burglars!
Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient With a Smart Thermostat
A smart home is first of all a home with a smart thermostat in it. Smart homes are more environmentally-friendly, and smart thermostats will let you closely keep track of your energy usage. They rely on special sensing patterns inside the house that are used to adjust the temperature based on the movement they can detect throughout the day. The apps that accompany smart thermostats will also let you monitor your daily, weekly, or monthly energy consumption and tell you where and how to save more energy and cash.
Smart locks, doorbells, cameras, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, robot vacuums, and even smart refrigerators could all be integrated into your new smart house of the future. Remember to only invest in those exact options that make the most sense for your own needs and budget so you can eventually live a safer, more efficient, and comfortable lifestyle.
The convenience and savings of a smart home are easy to see once installed. Getting to that point is where many fall short and become frustrated. Smart homes are still not the standard so there are still many different options to consider when setting one up. Make sure to do your research and integrate all your solutions into one place.