7 Smart Home-Devices to Make Life Safer & Easier
Whether you rent or own, one thing is certain: convenience and safety are a high priority. You can’t put a price on it.
Or… can you?
Today’s market offers several high-tech home gadgets that not only enhance your protection and give you peace of mind, but are really convenient to use. Check out some of the most popular ones for today’s homeowners and renters:
You’ve likely heard of The Nest Thermostat before. It was first released in 2011 and has since improved and built upon its original capabilities with newer models.
The Nest is a Wi-Fi thermostat that learns the temperatures you like, and even adapts to your schedule. Why heat an empty home? The Nest learns your routine so you don’t need to manually go in and adjust it for every time you leave and return home. This not only helps you be more energy-efficient, but it also saves you money.
This thermostat can be controlled from your phone/ computer, and is even compatible with Amazon Alexa devices. When it spots movement, it lights up to display the time, temperature, and weather. The Nest is really easy to set up as it learns the temperatures you like within one week.
Considering everything it offers, The Nest is pretty affordable, ranging from $100-$300 depending on the model you purchase. Some states even offer rebates for purchasing this product. With so many neat features, it’s no wonder this product has been so popular on the market.
Chances are if you know who Siri is, you know who Alexa is as well. If you haven’t, it’s time to meet your new best friend. These smart devices are pretty much your own personal assistant.
So many people rave about these devices because they remove all the busy work from you. Through voice control you can stream music, make reminder lists, turn on lights/lock doors with compatible devices, adjust thermostats, set alarms, learn the weather and news, call someone, make shopping lists, answer questions, connect to tvs, and security cameras, etc.
If you’re one who isn’t normally very organized, an EchoDot or Google Home device could really help. Storing all this information in one spot is both simple and convenient.
Have you ever gone on vacation and forgotten to close your garage? This Smart Garage Door Opener will help ease those paranoias.
MyQ allows you to open and close your garage door remotely through an app on your phone. You can even set up notifications that alert you when the garage door is opened or closed.
This smart device is perfect for busy families who are always on the go, and for those needing extra security with their delivered packages (as the mail carrier can easily place them in the garage). The app also allows you to add up to three people to control your garage door through the Guest Feature.
MyQ is easy to set up using a wireless installation process. Within minutes your garage door can be controlled by the simple use of your phone.
The days of locking yourself out, or hiding your home key in a secret spot are long gone with this smart home device. Add protection and security to your home with a Wi-Fi Deadbolt that allows you to lock and unlock remotely. Optional voice controls are built in to offer hands-free convenience (ever had your hands full of groceries and no one there to open the door?).
Depending on the brand and model you go with, WiFi deadbolts can offer video surveillance of people entering and exiting the home, allow you to manage access for up to 100 different visitors, and has a built-in alarm that senses potential break-ins. This device fits any standard-sized door, and is easy to install requiring just a screwdriver.
Wi-Fi deadbolts aren’t cheap– they can range in price of up to about $400. But when you consider its usefulness and security, it may be worth the investment.
If you don’t have a Ring Video Doorbell, chances are you know of someone who has one. These doorbells are so popular because they allow you to see, hear, and speak with visitors at your door via your phone, tablet, or computer. They allow you to monitor your home and check on your property anytime. In addition to this, you can be alerted when any motion is detected from the doorbell.
Smart plugs are a great way to control your electrical devices from your phone, especially ideal for those who aren’t very mobile or need easy access to turning on and off devices like lamps, appliances, lighting, etc. As with other smart devices, smart plugs can be controlled through voice activation when connected to a Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. These plugs are easy to set up and are equipped with scheduling timers for your electrical devices.
There are several smart security cameras on the market. Depending on which one you go with, the features can vary and include:
- two-way audio
- motion detection and recording
- infrared night vision
- storing numerous video clips on your drive
- Live video feed
- Indoor and outdoor use
Many smart security cameras are easy to set up and require no professional installation, have no monthly contracts and service fees, and require no tools or re-wiring. Depending on your budget, you can get one for anywhere between $50-$500.
At Northern Title, we know how important safety and convenience is for homeowners and renters alike. These smart devices are just a handful of products that can do just that, and it’s likely they won’t be the last. What do you think of these products? Are they worth your money? Are there any you would add to this list?