Computers tend to get a lot of bad press for being unreliable, but they have made all kids of things possible. We can now shop day or night from the comfort of our own homes using the internet. It’s also possible to computerize your house and turn it into a smart home. This guide will show you how to computerize your home in 2016 to make the most from this cutting edge technology.
The Amazon Echo might just look like a regular bluetooth speaker, but it is capable of so much more. It features voice control technology which can even be used to connect to other smart home devices and hubs. It’s also capable of telling you about the weather forecast and reading audiobooks. The ability to control your smart home with your voice makes it possible to do control your heating and lighting without needing to even get off the sofa.
If you’re tired of loosing your keys and struggling to unlock your home then you will be interested in SmartLocks. The interesting feature of the Kwikset Smartcode 916 Lock is that you can still unlock your home using keys if desired. Entry to your home is easy, you simply need to enter your code. It’s also easy to quickly re-lock the lock without needing to wait for a certain period of time.
Slow cookers are a great way to cook tender meat which is delicious. If you’re looking for a smarter way of cooking then you might want to investigate the Belkin Wemo Smart Slow Cooker. This can be controlled using an app on your smartphone. You can use the app to check and adjust temperature and cooking times.
One of the best reasons to use smart home technology is to control your heating system. There are a number of smart thermostats including Nest and Tado. Ecobee however is one of the best. The wireless thermostat can be configured and will automatically turn your heating on and off depending on your heating schedule and the current temperature.
Ecobee works with the Amazon Echo speaker, and the fact that you can customize temperatures in different rooms is very useful. Tado is another smart heating thermostat which uses your smart phone to track your location and turn your heating on so it’s warm by the time you get home.
One of the best smart smoke alarms is Nest protect. This alarm not only looks fantastic, but if the alarm detects smoke or carbon monoxide then it will alert you through your smart phone. If you already have a working smoke alarm then you can make it smart by just installing a relatively inexpensive smart battery. The Roost smart battery will make any smoke alarm a smart smoke alarm. It will tell you whenever the alarm is sounded.
Smart home technology is changing at an astounding rate. Current technology makes it possible to control the temperature of your home from your smartphone, wherever you are in the world. Other systems make it possible to automate lighting and electrical appliances. Be sure to do your homework when choosing your automation systems, since not everything is compatible.