Top 10 Ways to Build a Smart Home (and Why You Should)

Smart homes are becoming more and more common, and with good reason: There are numerous ways smart devices can make your home more convenient, efficient, and even safe. This article goes over ten examples of smart home devices that can improve your home.

1. Smart Hubs

A smart hub centralizes the control process for other smart devices in your home. While one may not be necessary, if your home has only one or two smart home elements, smart hubs become more useful as you add devices. Examples of smart hubs include Google Home, Samsung Smart Things, and Amazon Echo.

2. Smart Lighting

Many people begin the process of making their home a smart one with smart lighting, according to TechHive.com. Numerous types of smart bulbs, including some in the Philips Hue line, can change both their brightness and color. Controlling these devices is simple, with a smartphone or tablet app. Another control option is a home hub.

3. Digital Assistants

Digital assistants, such as technology with Alexa and Google Assistant, are another popular entry-level smart home product. These can be very useful. For example, as covered by Kim Wetzel at DigitalTrends.com, Alexa can play music as well as lock doors, dim or brighten lights, and even manage other devices.

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Digital assistants, such as technology with Alexa and Google Assistant, are another popular entry-level smart home product. These can be very useful. For example, as covered by Kim Wetzel at DigitalTrends.com, Alexa can play music as well as lock doors, dim or brighten lights, and even manage other devices.

4. Smart Speakers

Smart speakers can work to make the other smart components of your home even easier to use. These devices listen to voice commands; for example, saying, “Turn on the lights” will make your smart lighting system do that. Notable smart speakers include those in the Amazon Echo series and the Google Home smart hubs. Other offerings come from Sonos and Apple, so shop around to find one that’s right for you.

5. Connected Audio Systems

Many smart homes also feature a multi-room audio system. Such a system allows you to either stream the same audio to multiple rooms or set up different sources in each room. Additionally, when it comes to enhancing specific devices, a tablet- or smartphone-controlled soundbar can be a great addition to any TV. (Certain models even incorporate Amazon Alexa.)

6. Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are also notable for how they can make a home more efficient. These devices can detect when a house or room is occupied or unoccupied and adjust your HVAC system accordingly, allowing for both cost savings and increased comfort. Some models come with features like integrated Amazon Echo speakers.

7. Smart Appliances

Smart appliances are a form of home automation that can handle otherwise time-consuming and inconvenient tasks. For example, Gizmodo’s Andrew Liszewski highlights automatic vacuum cleaners as a way to cut down on the time you spend cleaning. (They are becoming so advanced that one model can even empty itself.)

Larger appliances can be automated as well, as explained by John Callaham at AndroidAuthority.com. Imagine a refrigerator that can order groceries when it’s running low or a washing machine that can automate parts of the process of doing laundry.

8. Security Systems

If you want a smart home that boasts added security, consider adding features like a video doorbell and interconnected lights and cameras. These devices can let you keep an eye on what’s going on in and around your home. Even their mere presence may make an intruder think twice about trying to break in.

9. Smart Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are another way smart technology can help keep your home safe. A smart sensor will not only sound the alarm, but it will also alert you and authorized contacts that there is a problem. Specific models can even work together with other pieces of technology; for instance, one detector from Nest can work with a Nest thermostat to turn off the HVAC system in your home in the event of a fire. That will reduce the spread of smoke.

10. Lawn Care

While most smart devices focus on using technology like Wi-Fi to improve the interior of a home, they can also be helpful for the exterior of your property. For instance, a smart sprinkler-control system can both automate the process of watering your lawn and cut down on wasted water. Some models can even reduce the water they disperse if it rains.

Conclusion

Whether you’re just looking to make it easier to turn on the lights or want a fully automated living experience, don’t be afraid to try out the devices described in this article. All of these features can make your life a bit simpler.