Smart Home Technology for Renters

Ah, renting. No worries of having to keep up with maintenance or stress about replacing the boiler when it blows. But wait, it gets better: Home automation can make this lifestyle even more carefree. If you're a renter, you’re in good company. According to Trulia, some 41.1 percent of U.S. households were renters in the past five years.

This huge segment of the population can enjoy the benefits of home automation just like homeowners do. Many of the solutions on the market are designed to be portable. In some cases, you can set up and dismantle a home automation system in under 30 minutes. Take a look at these smart home options for your apartment or rental home.

Smart Home Security Devices Can Keep You Safer

Renters don't have to be content to use whatever security system their landlord provides. One quick way to get started is by purchasing a smart video camera, which can do everything from monitoring a naughty pet to checking in on your space via smartphone.

Our partnership with Frontpoint has brought web-enabled home security to thousands of households across the U.S. Property managers prefer this kind of smart home tech because they actively monitor smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Capable of alerting first responders when trouble is sensed, early warning systems like these can help save lives and limit property losses.

By upgrading to a video doorbell, you’ll be able to see who’s outside without opening the door. When paired with a smart lock, landlords can unlock the door when you forget your keys. Setup will require some drilling, so you might want to get the green light from your landlord first. Other versions of these cameras offer indoor monitoring. They're easier to set up with some using magnetic or suction cup mounts so you don't have to drill into the wall.

Smart plugs and outlets are becoming popular as well. With the ability to power on and off lights remotely — or randomly ¬— renters can make it look like they’re home while away.

Smart thermostats are saving renters money. Tenants are seeking out homes with the ability to remotely adjust the temperature. They’re able to program their thermostat to keep costs down all year long.

The Benefits of Voice-controlled Assistants

If you're looking for a great way to streamline apartment living, you might want to take advantage of personal virtual assistant apps and technology. Most of the well-known smart devices, like Google Home, Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, can execute commands. Now you can order a pizza or host an impromptu trivia contest with their help. And they provide real-time information about news, traffic and weather.

They also work with new smart appliances. Specifically, home hubs like Google Assistant and Amazon Assistant work in tandem with smart wireless speakers. Likewise, Apple offers similar voice-controlled convenience, but without the need for a wireless smart speaker. With the Apple’s HomePod, you can control connected devices around your apartment.

Suppose you enter your apartment with an armful of groceries. By ordering Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa to "turn on the lights," you can make your entrance easier. One quick way to get started is with one of the starter kits on the market.

For about $160, such a kit will include a bridge and three smart light bulbs. Setup is almost as simple as screwing in a light bulb. Philips Hue offers color options for the bulbs also help you personalize your space and turn your living room into a night club.

Before you purchase smart lights and other connected devices for your apartment, make sure they're compatible with whatever virtual personal assistant you're using.

Get Smart Renters Insurance

Renters have a lot of options for experiencing the best of home automation. Best of all, you can take it with you when you leave.

Now that you know how to make smart home tech work for your rental space, be sure to check in with your American Family Insurance agent and request a renters insurance quote. When everything you care about is well-protected, you’ll find greater peace of mind in your well-appointed smart home.

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