3 Smart Home Technologies That Are A Must Have

3 Smart Home Technologies That Are A Must Have

Smart homes were once the domain of millionaires, billionaires and science-fiction movies. Today, even moderate apartments can be turned into smart homes thanks to a wealth of products available at reasonable prices that are easy to install and can be moved from home to home.

Here are three smart home technologies that are a must-have.

1.) Smart thermostat

Smart thermostats often take only a few minutes to change out, but can potentially save you hundreds of dollars on your heating and cooling bills. Some smart thermostats are learning thermostats, which means they take note of your habits and patterns and adjust accordingly. If you adjust the thermostat down at a certain time every night, the thermostat “learns” to turn the heat down on it’s own at 9:00.

Smart thermostats are also paired with your cell phone, so when the GPS in your phone moves away from the home, the thermostat will turn the heat or AC to a more energy efficient temperature. If you are returning home earlier than usual – or from being away for an extended time – you can also adjust the temperature from your smartphone, so you can walk into a nice and warm or nice and cool home.

2.) Smart deadbolt

No more fumbling for keys when you have your hands full. Smart door locks are paired with your smartphone to unlock automatically when you reach the door. If you don’t have a compatible smartphone, they can also be paired with a key fob. Some smart locks even work with both bluetooth and a traditional key, so you can have the best of all worlds.

Best of all, they can be quickly programmed to give access to someone else with a compatible smartphone. Need to let a neighbor in to water your plants while you are away? They can gain access with their smart phone and you can quickly reprogram the door lock to deny access once you get home. Have an ex moving out? Instead of having to have all of your door locks changed out, just reprogram them to deny access to that one person.

3.) Smart doorbell and camera

With a smart doorbell and camera, you don’t have to be home to see who is at the door. The video feed will stream live to your smartphone, so you can see who is at your door even when you are not there. When the doorbell rings first thing in the morning, you don’t have to get out of bed to go see who is at the door to decide whether or not you want to answer it. Some smart doorbells even come equipped with audio equipment so you can talk to whoever is at the door without having to answer the door, even when you’re not home.

Best of all, video can also be recorded so that if someone at your door creeps you out or gives you a bad vibe, you have a recorded image to send on to authorities or to warn neighbors. Some smart doorbells also have motion detectors so you can get a recording of someone lurking around your house even if they don’t ring the doorbell.

Turning your home into a smart home no longer has to break the bank and you don’t even have to own your own home to do it. Most hardware can quickly be installed and uninstalled in less than an hour, so you can take it with you when you leave.

Of course, if you buy a for sale by owner home, you can install your smart home technology permanently and the added technology may even increase the value of your home when you go to sell it to someone else. Smart technology can not only save you a significant amount of money, but can make a number of tasks more convenient and make your home more safe and secure.

Finnegan Pierson

Finnegan Pierson

Freelance Technology Writer
He is a freelance writer and entrepreneur who specializes in business technology, customer relationship management, and lead management. He is drawn to the technological world because of its quickly paced and constantly changing environment. He believes embracing technology is essential to capturing success in any business and strives to inspire and encourage top technological practices in business leaders across the globe. He's a fan of podcasts, bokeh and smooth jazz. His time is mostly spent learning the piano and watching his Golden Retriever Julian chase a stick.
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