Imagine a home that anticipates your every need. One that automatically brews the coffee, opens the blinds, and turns on the news each morning or that changes the lights and temperature based on your personal schedule.
While this might sound like a dream come true, many homeowners are reluctant to embrace the benefits that come with owning a smart home. They believe it may be too expensive or complicated to set up. But the reality is, if you have Wi-Fi and a smartphone and you know how to download apps, you’re already almost there! Check out these three simple steps to help you get started.
1. Start with One Upgrade
One of the best ways to get started with smart home technology is to choose just one upgrade. This will help you see how easy and convenient it really is. For example, you can make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient by installing a smart thermostat or experiment by plugging your favorite lamp into a smart outlet. Each individual smart product will likely come with its own app, which you can control from your smartphone.
2. Add a Smart Hub
If you plan on installing multiple smart products in your home, you’ll want to choose a “hub,” which serves as the “central intelligence” for your smart system and allows the products to communicate with each other. There are several affordable brands of smart hubs, including those made by Google and Amazon.
While smart hubs are getting much easier to use, it’s still important to take some time to do your research before making your choice. Make sure the one you choose is user-friendly, compatible with the products you want to use, and has the options you need. You’ll also want to ensure it has at least some basic security features to protect it from hackers.
3. Choose Compatible Products
As you add more smart products to your home – like lighting, door locks, and appliances, it’s important to make sure each product is compatible with your smart hub and has basic security built in.
Sometimes, it’s best to start with the smart upgrade that is most important to you and then choose additional items that will work with it. For example, you may want to choose the smart thermostat brand recommended by your AC Installation experts, then design the rest of your system based on brands and products that will work well with it.
Making Your Home Smart is Easier Than You Think
Following these simple tips will allow you to quickly and easily start taking advantage of the convenience of smart home technology. However, if you’re interested in automating your home’s temperature control and you’re not quite ready to do it yourself, our AC Repair experts are happy to help. It’s easy and affordable, so contact us for an estimate!