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Smart Home for Beginners

by Bill Welles

1. A Bright Idea  

Smart homes are all about making your home do more work for you, instead of you doing all of the work yourself. It’s about making the little things in life easier, and turning routine actions into easy, simple, and automated processes.

A great place to start is with smart lighting. Whether you decide to go with smart switches and dimmers, or just stick with smart bulbs, smart lighting is a great entry point to the convenience of a smart and connected home. 

2. Tempering That Temperature  

Controlling the climate inside your house can be a royal pain. How many times have you left for work without remembering to change the temperature? Or what if you are stuck at work and a sudden heat wave hits, and you can’t turn on your AC remotely? 

Smart thermostats can take care of both of those situations. Adjust your home’s temperature from wherever you are, or have the thermostat set to turn on right before you get home each night. Some smart thermostat systems even let you set different temperatures for different rooms -- a great feature that can keep everybody in the family happy and at their own personal comfort level.

3. Speaking of Speakers... 

For many homes, smart speakers are a perfect entry into a smarter and more connected world. Voice controlled speakers such as Google Home or Amazon Echo are easy to set up and easy to use, and a great way to see how smart tech can improve your home life. And once you try one out, you may just find yourself wanting more and more of them around the house….

4.  Entertaining Entertainment 

While you are starting your plans to add smart tech into your home, you don’t want to forget about your entertainment space! Smart TVs have been around for awhile, so while they aren’t exactly new on the scene, they are still a vital part of any blossoming smart home. If the more functional elements of your home -- like your lighting, shades, and thermostat -- are all getting upgrades, you deserve a similar upgrade to the fun stuff. And you won’t believe what smart TVs are capable of these days! 

5. Smart Safety 

Home is where the heart is, which also means it’s where your family is. Keeping a safe eye on your home -- even while the family is away -- is always a necessity, and with smart locks and security systems you can easily keep an eye on it no matter where you are. Or you can open the door to let the Amazon delivery person in because you forgot to leave the garage unlocked this morning. Either way, smart tech is a great way to beef up security on the home front. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to smart homes -- there’s a whole world of new technology out there just waiting for you to bring home! Take a step today toward a smarter, safer, and more enjoyable home life -- we know you’ll be glad you did.