Guide: Turning Your Home into A Smart Home

Turning Your Home into A Smart Home

With so many incredible advancements in technology, it can be tricky to figure out how to start incorporating them into your home. Here are some products and tips to keep in mind as you integrate technology in your home.

Products

Home Technology Controllers

Devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home make it feel as if you have your own personal assistant. Their sleek and modern designs fit in seamlessly with your home’s décor while providing assistance with many of your day-to-day tasks. Some of their features include playing music, controlling other technology such as lights and coffee pots, and answering your questions from the weather to what time your flight departs.

Smart Security Systems

What better use is there for technology than to protect your family? Home security systems have so many bells and whistles these days and you can control them from almost anywhere in the world via a mobile app. Features like temperature monitors, text alerts, and sensors that detect the sound of glass smashing keep your home safer than ever before. Check out reviews of home security systems, like SimpliSafe, to find what works for your family.

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Robot Cleaners

The future is now. No longer do you have to keep up with those boring tasks that earned you 25 cents each week as a kid. Robotic machines are now available to automatically vacuum your carpets, mop your kitchen floors, and even mow your lawn without any supervision. These devices are typically around the size of a stack of a few dinner plates, so it’s a breeze to store them.  They’re handy to reach low areas you typically wouldn’t be able to get to and can be controlled by an app on your phone so you can clean your house while getting the groceries.

Tips

All this technology can certainly seem overwhelming – especially if you don’t consider yourself to be tech-savvy. Keep in mind the following tips to help you on your smart home journey:

  • Get smart appliances that can be controlled via a mobile app and/or voice control. Now you won’t have remotes cluttering your home!
  • Check with your energy company for rebates and energy credits. Some companies offer money back for some devices such as smart there
  • Ensure that your networks are secure. With the possibility of having Wi-Fi enabled on so many devices, someone hacking your network is much more of a problem.
Robyn Foyster

Robyn Foyster is an award-winning journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly. She is also the owner and publisher of Women Love Tech and women’s lifestyle site, TheCarousel.com. Robyn runs her own media business, Foyster Media. She is also a 2017 Telstra Business Awards judge and on the board of ASX listed tech start up, Thred.

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