How To: Turn your house into a smart Home

Think smarter, not harder. 

A 'smart' Home integrates technologies that are designed to make the homeowner experience convenient, secure, comfortable and energy efficient. These products are created for the homeowner in mind. Let's take a look at some of the items that are being installed into the modern Home.

'Smart' Lightbulbs

The light bulb has definitely gone through its own transformation. From incandescent to LED, modern light bulbs are wasting less energy and lasting for longer periods of time. The newest advance is their ability to respond with voice-controlled smart assistants through Wi-Fi connection.

Depending on the brand, you can find a bundle of bulbs for a decent price that will have features such as:

  • Compatibility to Alexa, Google Home and Siri electronics
  • Total voice/app control of the features
  • Access to a range of different colours and shades
  • Multiple lighting options (ex. sunrise, sunset, etc.)
  • Long-lasting/energy efficient uses

Ask an associate at any electronics store (Best Buy or The Source) about their take on the best bulbs for your situation. You can also take a peek online here

'Smart' Plug-In's

Have ultimate control in and out of the house by connecting your devices to a fancy plug in. These smart plugs are Wi-Fi compatible with no hub station necessary. Everything can be operated via mobile phone (iOS/Android) with hands-free convenience.

You have the option to schedule which devices turn on and off at specified times which is ideal for frequent travelers and people wanting their Home to look occupied while they are away for a night-out (ex. lights on, television on, etc.)

Smart plugs are available at many locations outside of the electronics world. You can find these items at Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Amazon.

'Smart' Surveillance Cameras

Home security has never been more important. Depending on your situation, a front door camera can monitor break-in attempts and potentially catch strangers stealing your delivered packages. A backyard camera can become another set of eyes to monitor your patio set or even watch the dog roam around in the grass.

There are tons of available Home surveillance products out there but the best ones are utilizing smart technology (so they are pretty pricey).

Very cool and advanced features in these cameras include:

  • Automatic zoom and focus
  • Coloured night vision
  • Motion tracking
  • Integrated spotlight and siren
  • One-click 911 connectivity
  • 180-degree field of view
  • 4k video resolution (indoor/outdoor)
  • Smart technology integration (Alexa, Google, etc.)

Since these items are more expensive, we recommend talking to several associates about your specific requirements.

'Smart' Thermostats

The latest editions of thermostats have an uncomplicated installation process and touchscreen capability. There's also a compatible app allowing the homeowner to program their device while their out of the house. Imagine coming Home from a long, cold commute into a warm toasty house. You'll never have to bundle up into a blanket again!

If you need an idea of which device to go with, check out the Best 'Smart' Thermostats Of 2019

'Smart' Leak Detector

A leak detector is a device with built-in sensors that can signal a leak as soon as it's happening. With a smart leak detector, a specific sensor will send a notification to the homeowners mobile device via the companion app when water is detected.

These gadgets are easy to set-up and offer both temperature and humidity readings that can be found on your app. The detection area can range up to 150 feet. The detector runs solely on Wi-Fi so a stationed 'hub' is not needed. 

Some of the detectors are built more advanced than others so you will have to do your research. You can find a water leak detector device on Amazon.

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These products are made for your benefit even if that benefit is not having to leave your bed to turn off the lights. Consider these items an added protection to all members of the household. Together you're being safe and more conscious of your energy usage. 

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