Do You Already Have A Smart Home?

If you look around you almost anywhere these days, everything is getting smarter. We spend our days staring at smart phones, typing on smart computers, watching smart TVs, and some even drive smart cars! So, it makes sense to think about living in a smarter home. Of course, then we begin to think about what makes a home smart?

Chances are, your home’s infrastructure may closer to the makings of a smart home than you think! Updated appliances, lighting, security systems, locks and even thermostats are part of the process of home automation.

The idea of smart home automation is to make our daily lives easier. A home full of smart appliances and technology, can be connected to work together to give you the smart home you want.

Have a look at some of these smart devices that will help you make the most of the technology you already have:

Smart Plug

This smart plug connects in your outlets and connects to your home Wi-Fi network so you can turn them on/off via smart phone. Although you shouldn’t use it on larger appliances like HVAC, its use for small-scale appliances is very handy. You can also set the device to turn on things at a specific time, so if you want tea in the morning, you can set it to brew at an automated time every day.

Security

Smart security systems are perhaps the most useful tool in your smart house arsenal, allowing you to monitor your home 24/7. You can look at your home while you’re away via smart phone, tablet or laptop. This device will make your home smarter and give you peace of mind when you’re not at home.

Thermostat

Another crucial device to make your house smarter is a smart thermostat. Using one of these devices will save you money in energy bills and allow you to take control by adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re away. Check out this article about the Nest Learning Thermostat.

Locks

You may be familiar with the gut-wrenching feeling of fearing you forgot to lock the door, and if so, these smart locks will ease your mind. You can remotely lock (or unlock) your door from anywhere via smart phone or tablet.

These smart devices are just a few ideas to add to your existing home to make it smarter; something that can save you up to 15% in home insurance savings, according to this diagram by My Alarm Center.

Now that you know how to make your home smart, you can continue living smart by surrounding yourself with devices that make your day-to-day life easier. Don’t forget the smart way to manage home repair and maintenance is right at your fingertips. For service reminders customized to your needs and online scheduling with home service professionals near you, set up your free Neighborly account today!