The Ultimate Guide to Smart Home Technology, Home Security and Home Automation

For nearly a century, we have dreamed of flying cars, robotic homes and complete meals in a pill. We may not have the flying cars or robot butlers yet, but in many ways, real-life smart home automation exceeds science fiction’s visions of the future.


Making your home smarter goes beyond filling your home with more tech gadgets. Known as the Internet of Things (IoT), smart home technology and automation is an incredible way to help you protect your family, provide energy savings and add fun and convenience to your daily life.

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Smarter Protection for You and Your Dreams

Enhanced smoke alarms

Today’s alarms can do a lot more than tell you if there is smoke in the air. Equipped with sophisticated monitoring services, a connected smoke detector can contact emergency services, alert your mobile devices and turn on the lights to help you find the way out.

Smart door locks

Remotely controlling lock and unlock features for doors or windows are just some of the ways people are converting to smart homes. Digital keys and sensory unlocking are two of the cutting-edge ways digital deadbolts are protecting your home. You can give friends or family members digital keys so they have access whenever they need it, and with some systems you can even have your doors unlock as you approach.

Cloud-connected video doorbells

As high-quality cameras and wireless networks have become more affordable and more reliable, home monitoring has improved as well. With many home monitoring systems equipped with motion detector technology, you can use your smart phone to see what’s happening around your home in real time. If that’s not enough, the improved cameras offer you night vision and zoom capabilities as well.

Smart water leak sensors

Smart home water sensor systems detect water leaks before they get out of hand, giving you a heads-up if something’s amiss with your kitchen sink, washing machine, refrigerator, water heater, dishwasher, toilet or plumbing. The sensor is designed to connect with your smart smartphone, tablet or computer, where you’ll be able to track the device. You’ll get an alert if the device detects water so you can take action. It puts you in control of what’s going on in your home, so you can rest easy.

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Change your own climate

Following a monitoring period, smart thermostats equipped with machine learning begin to understand the patterns of your day to day habits. Your programmable thermostat monitors your home and adjusts the temperature to heat or cool the space according to your schedule. And the on-demand climate control feature offers significant annual savings to your utility budget while reducing wasted energy.

Shine the light on efficiency

Today’s dimmable LED light bulbs have surpassed the longevity of yesterday’s compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and are easier to dispose of. Plus, many now provide the color temperatures that rival classic incandescent bulbs.

Use smart breakers for safety and convenience

Once you have efficient bulbs in your sockets, consider installing smart breakers that can sync your lights with the sunrise and sunsets.

Wash your hands of wasteful water use

Water-use sensors attach to your pipes and let you know when you’re using the most water, and they deliver tips for reducing your water use. Some sensors can even alert you to leaking faucets.

The seal of an efficient home

Door and window sensors offer the protection of letting you know if anything has been left open. And, they can even turn off your air conditioner if a window is open.

Save money at the outlet

Smart outlets let you cut off power to appliances when they aren’t in use. Many items, such as your TV and computers, can use energy whenever they’re plugged in, even if they’re off. Cutting power to the outlet is an easy way to eliminate the phantom load and energy drain.

The Simply Smart Life

Once you’ve got your climate controlled, your lighting right and your water and electricity use optimized, it’s time to use smart gadgets to get more enjoyment from the time you spend in your home.

Make the most of your music

Hello, traveling DJ! You can put your entire collection of tunes in every room with intelligent stereo equipment, and you can even have motion-activated speakers so the music moves with you from room-to-room.

Get yourself that robot maid

An automated vacuum can clean the place while you’re gone, so your time at home is spent doing what you want to do, not doing the floors.

Become your home’s text buddy

Once you’ve turned your home into a smart home, put the control at your fingertips. Most systems are designed with touchscreen keypads that are accessible via your smart phone or tablet — giving you access to your smart home’s active systems from nearly anywhere.

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