Do It Yourself: 5 Steps to Make Your House Smart

Smart is the new black. If you haven’t noticed, over the past few years, nearly everything imaginable is available in a “smart” version. Harnessing IoT (the internet of things), TV’s, cars, phones and many other items are now smart, or connected to the internet utilizing web 2.0. A few years ago, a smart home seemed like something out of a sci-fi novel. However, today it is possible to easily add smart elements to your house and make life more convenient and streamlined. If you’re ready to take the leap, consider these five steps you can take towards a smart home.

  • Start with a Smart Thermostat – For many, the ideal entry into creating a smart home is with the thermostat. After all, if you’re already using a programmable model, moving to a smart version is a small leap. The Nest, which bills itself as a learning thermostat, is one of the best on the market. Currently in its 3rd generation, the thermostat works with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for ultimate convenience.
  • Let There Be Light – Smart light bulbs are one of the simplest ways to begin creating a smart home. Turn them on or off and dim them with the press of a button or voice control (if you have this product). Today’s smart bulbs don’t necessarily need a hub. For instance, these Philips bulbs work with a downloadable app, or you can control with voice using your voice portal of choice.
  • Entertain Yourself – A smart TV is nearly a must have today. You can easily connect to your favorite apps (like Netflix or Amazon Prime), listen to music, access files like photos and videos and you can connect with your cable company(if you are a subscriber) through the internet. Smaller smart TV’s, like this Samsung, are now available for under $200–or you can use a product like the Fire Stick or Roku to replicate many of the features with your existing television.
  • Secure It – Home security is a must–whether smart or not. However, security that you can control from your smartphone is that much better. Talk with your security provider to see if they offer a smart version of their system, or if you’re looking to DIY, perhaps starting with this wi-fi enabled video doorbell, by Ring, would be a good way to get started. Even the simplest product, like this, can go a long way to showing a potential criminal that you take security seriously.
  • Connect it All – We’ve mentioned Amazon’s Alexa a time or two throughout this article–while Siri and Google Assistant are also options. Using one of these voice control systems with a product like the Amazon Echo can be the easiest way to connect all your smart devices together and give you seamless control over your newly smart home.

The most important thing to realize about creating a smart home is that you can focus on any area that suits you and your family’s lifestyle best. Amateur chefs may love the kitchen gadgets, if you’re looking to save money, you’ll appreciate the utility-related devices and so on. You don’t have to dive in all the way, you can take your time and create a smart home that will improve all areas of your life–without overwhelming yourself with new things to learn.

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