IoT products have the ability to learn our residential technology preferences, link wirelessly to a remotely accessible app or program, and automate our homes, making them smarter than ever before.
At Home Improvement Leads, we think that upgrading to smart technology is one of the best decisions you can make for your home. Here are just a few of the many home automation products on the market today.
Heating and air conditioning are two of the most important elements of home technology, since they keep our homes comfortable and liveable throughout the year. The introduction of the Internet of Things has meant that standard HVAC products are far smarter than they used to be.
At the top of this category’s list stands the smart thermostat, a linkable product that can be accessed anywhere via smartphone or tablet app in order to monitor, track, and adjust heating and cooling settings.
The Nest thermostat remains the most popular smart thermostat on the market today and boasts a user friendly interface and simple installation, but there are many more similar products available as well. Hive, ecobee, and Honeywell also have smart thermostats that perform the same tasks as Nest.
Many grid based energy providers have also begun to produce their own smart thermostats and energy meters, so you will have no difficulty finding a product to suit your own needs at home.
Home security systems
Home security and technology go hand in hand. Smart technology in the home means huge leaps for home security, including security cameras, motion sensors, smoke and CO2 monitors, door locks, and other security products that are all run by IoT based programs.
The best thing about smart home security products is that they give you peace of mind and allow you to monitor your home from your smartphone or tablet, even when you’re far away. The smart HVAC pioneers at Nest have this market covered as well, boasting some of the best CO2 detectors and security cameras available for purchase.
Smart lighting in your home ups your personal home technology level while also saving you energy (and money) at the same time. Smart lightbulbs equipped with Belkin’s home automation system WeMo or Philips’ Hue connect together via a central hub and can be accessed from anywhere by app.
Similarly, smart outlets and sensors also connect together and allow you to control your lighting from anywhere. Set timers for your lighting throughout the house, initiate motion and ambient light sensors, or simply turn individual lights on and off with a tap on your phone.
As far as appliances are concerned, there are tons of smart kitchen and utility room products that come with IoT based technology and can be accessed and adapted from your smartphone or tablet. Smart washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, ovens, and even some CrockPots and coffee machines all function in the same way (and many can be linked together via WeMo and other similar operating systems), but we think one particular appliance currently stands out from the crowd.
The Samsung Family Hub is a smart refrigerator that comes with internal cameras that email you a photo every time you shut the door and a touchscreen control panel on the outside that acts as a built in tablet on the front of your fridge.
If the not-so-basic home automation products we’ve covered so far haven’t got you excited about home automation, there are plenty more creative smart gadgets that make residential living more high tech. Robotic vacuums are not surprisingly still around, but some newer models come with built-in cameras to keep an eye on your home while they clean.
Furniture with built-in chargers and other smart technology will someday enable you to control your home without ever leaving your seat.
One of the most exciting home automation gadgets on the market today comes from online superstore Amazon. The Amazon Echo is a wireless, voice controlled speaker that does so much more than play music.
Currently, Amazon claims that the Echo has over 1,500 features and skills, including controlling your home with products that contain compatible programs (such as WeMo, Nest, ecobee, Hue, and many more).
If you take the leap and decide to invest in just one or two of the home automation products we’ve outlined above, the Echo is a must-buy that will change the way you live at home.
Author: Kaitlin Krull for Home Improvement Leads.