Reasons to Let Your Smartphone Control Your House
By Jonathan Deesing, KSL
As the technology behind it becomes increasingly affordable, home automation has gained serious traction among homeowners. Smart, automated or connected homes featuring WiFi-connected devices are becoming the norm due to the convenience and potential dollar savings they offer.
One of the best features of these homes is that most devices are designed to sync with your smartphone, granting you control and access to your house all from your handy pocket computer. Here are a few reasons why your smartphone should be the head of the household.
Save Energy and Money
Many are familiar with smart thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat or Vivint’s Smart Thermostat, which allow users to monitor and adjust the temperature of their home using their smartphone. These devices make it easy to adjust the temperature in your home and provide a much easier way to program your thermostat. Nothing is better than turning up the heat in your house while you’re walking out of the office on your way home.
But the fun doesn’t stop there — there are many connected devices that offer similar forms of convenience and savings. Smart home features can help you program your sprinkler without spending an hour trying to decipher your control box instructions. You can even incorporate smart home features in your Christmas lights display this year, which can definitely keep your power bill lower.
Pamper Your Pets Digitally
Smart homes can benefit more than just your wallet, however. A number of features are designed specifically for your furry family members. The aforementioned thermostat control is great for temperature-sensitive pets, but how about a connected pet feeder?
Petnet’s SmartFeeder is a great tool for busy pet owners that don’t want to miss feeding time — you can even program it to dispense food on a schedule. And though they are typically designed with babies or security in mind, many homeowners use connected cameras in their home to monitor their pets when away from home. Even fish owners haven’t been forgotten — this aquarium monitor from Apex lets fish lovers monitor every single aspect of their tank from a phone or tablet.
The home security industry has likely benefited more than any other from the boom in home automation. Homeowners interested in security have a slew of devices available — from the simplest alarm systems to doors that can lock remotely.
Beyond alarms, the real value of home automation in security is the information it can provide to homeowners. Products like ADT Pulse allow users to track cameras, door and window locks, and receive real-time updates on carbon monoxide levels. A motion-activated porch camera is an excellent tool for anyone that receives a lot of packages — especially when you can watch the feed live on your phone at any time.
Live in the Future Now
Beyond the myriad benefits of home automation, many smart devices are just flat-out cool. For homeowners that love having all the latest and greatest technology, home automation is quickly making some sci-fi aspects of the future a reality.
Many devices have functionality that allows them to talk to other devices as well as your smartphone. Home automation can provide a significant improvement for your entertainment room; new devices like the Amazon Echo let you control everything from your TV to your thermostat with just voice commands. Many of Samsung’s new ovens feature WiFi connectivity so you can check on your cookies while you’re on the couch watching TV.
Smart home devices have edged their way into nearly every home product space from voice controlled light bulbs to blinds that can be opened with a smartphone. Whether you’re looking to save some money on an energy bill or just impress your neighbors, check out what home automation features can make your life easier — or just cooler.
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