Your guide to smart home products
We all may not be travelling on hoverboards just yet, but smart products are becoming more prevalent in modern homes.
Smart products connect to the internet and give the user (that’s you!) complete control over its use, at home or remotely.
If you’d like to make your home run more efficiently, securely, and safely, read on for our introductory guide to smart home products!
Smart speakers can be used as a hub to control other smart products!
There’s much more to smart sound than playing your favourite tunes, but that’s a good place to start.
Purely through the power of the human voice, you can use a smart speaker to play music, audiobooks, and podcasts from all your favourite streaming services.
Depending on the model, you can also sync your smart speaker to control other smart devices, letting you take seamless control over your smart appliances and lighting by using your voice to turn them on or off, and be the envy of your friends and family.
You can also use smart speakers to help you in everyday tasks. They can set timers, tell you if it’s going to rain, make a phonecall, read the headlines and answer (almost) any question you have. That’s pretty smart!
One of the biggest benefits of using smart products is that it makes our lives easier.
If you’ve ever struggled with remembering to turn the heating on or off, resulting in either a chilly house or coming home to an unexpected sauna, smart heating could be the answer to your problems!
Smart portable heaters can be controlled remotely, so you can set the temperature, timings, and power on or off from wherever you are.
Feeling the chill? Set your smart heater to turn on before you get home so it’s nice and snug.
We can’t count the number of times we’ve left the house and had to go back to check if we’d turned the heater off. With a smart heater, it’s as easy as a touch of a button.
For your central heating, smart radiator valves are available for setting schedules and temperatures for individual heaters in your home. Plans can change, so if you’re out for longer, you can set the temperature accordingly to save on money.
Smart valves also mean that kids can’t accidentally turn things on or off, resulting in a safer home for everyone!
Smart products can be controlled with your voice, which is convenient and quite fun!
There’s nothing quite like getting home after a long day, taking your shoes off, hanging up your keys, and telling the lights to turn on!
Thanks to smart lighting, there’s no more fumbling for light switches in the dark. Not only that, there’s also a lot more scope for customisation.
Starting a movie and forgot to dim the lights? You can do it from the comfort of your sofa via an app on your phone or tablet.
Depending on the model, you can even change the colour of the bulb and set schedules, so you can wake up to your favourite colour and dim the lights to remind you to go to bed when it gets late!
You can take this one step further with LED smart strip lights made specifically for your TV, which reads the screen and changes colour depending on what’s being shown, so you can have your very own immersive home cinema experience.
For the green-fingered out there, smart grow-lights are available for your home which can let you grow herbs and small plants to a schedule, allowing you to have access to herbs all year round!
Smart monitoring and security
Smart products mean you always feel connected to your home, wherever you are.
Smart monitoring uses cameras that are linked to your phone, meaning you can check in on live feeds both inside and outside your home from anywhere in the world.
Smart monitoring isn’t just to deter intruders; it’s a very useful tool for making sure pets are behaving themselves whilst you’re gone, or if you just wanted to see them while you’re at work!
Another popular smart security product is the smart doorbell, which alerts you when someone is at the door and allows you to leave instructions, great for receiving packages if you’re not in.
With smart power products, any of your appliances can be smarter! Sockets like these can be programmed on your phone to turn on and off at certain times of day, perfect for things like Christmas lights and portable heaters.
You can make sure your appliances are turned off when you’re not home through the app, so you’re safe in the knowledge that you’re not using unnecessary electricity.
If there’s kit around your home that you worry about when you’re out – we’re looking at you, hair straighteners – upgrading the socket to smart power means you can put your mind at ease with the touch of a button!
Embracing smart technology can help to make your home efficient and safe, whilst being great fun to use and full of useful features.
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