The smart home industry is growing fast and companies are scrambling to find the best combination of devices that will make their consumers lives easier. The smart home industry is strange in that there isn’t really a “correct” way to approach building a smarter home. Right now the easiest way to build something great is to follow the latest trends in the industry.
To help spur the creative innovations of smart home implementations further and further forward, companies like CNET and HGTV are building example smart homes and hosting competitions. A lot of the improvements to smart home devices that are happening right now are geared toward improving control and compatibility with other devices. So it almost goes without saying that the greatest and latest trends are going to connect seamlessly without a bunch of unnecessary hubs and have well-made applications for controlling them.
First Step: Central Control
One of the first things you’ll want to figure out when you start building a smart home is how you want to control all of your devices. One of the most popular items for doing with is the Amazon Echo dot. Amazon has amazing software for controlling all of you devices, setting scenes, control chains, and of course you can control everything with your voice.
One of the greatest advantages to the Echo is how wide it’s compatibility with other devices is. A quick search on the internet will show that most devices are explicitly compatible to Amazon Alexa devices and it’s often one of the first things advertised in the description. So we thing that the first step to building a smart home should be to pick up an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.
Set Two: Savings & Convenience
The next step is usually finding a way to save money using automation and self-learning features from your devices. One very popular example of this is the Nest thermostat. Nest estimates that an average of $200 annually using these smart thermostats. They also have wireless temperature gauges that give you thermostat a more accurate reading of the temperatures in your home, making your homes climate more consistent and comfortable.
Another great way to save on electricity using smart home features is installing smart lighting and smart outlets. On average, 17% of electricity bills come from lighting alone, which is the largest percentage after air conditioning. Smart lights and outlets pair great with Alexa because their software allows you to set multiple scenes for the same room easily. You can set commands like “Alexa, it’s party time” and have certain appliances, lights, and even music play all at once. Or you can have everything turn off with a different command.
Step Three: Security
You can’t have a proper smart home without smart locks locking and unlocking your doors based on your comings and goings. There are a ton of cool security features you can pair with your smart features. In fact, 3 in 5 Americans agree that security is the top benefit for having a smart home.
The reason is because there are so many different features that can tell you what is going on in your home while you’re away. You have door and window sensors, motion sensors, and other break in or disaster sensors that will warn your smart security hub which in turn will warn your smart phone. On top of that you might install security cameras that you can stream. You can even have your smart locks detect if you’re nearby and unlocks your door automatically so that you never have to deal with keys again.
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