5 Must-Have Smart Home Features

  • 21 Dec 2021 12:25
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5 Must-Have Smart Home Features

We’ve grown up in a fast and furious tech world. From the announcement that Apple was creating an iPhone, to our first interaction with Siri, we’ve become accustomed to using our smartphones for everything. As such, it’s only fitting that as we begin to rent or buy our own homes, we won't—even need—them to be outfitted with smart features accessible through our phones. But where should you start? Here are some of the basics of home automation to consider.

What Is Home Automation?

Once a fantasy of sci-fi films, home automation is becoming an everyday part of the millennial’s home. From lights, heating and cooling systems, and sprinklers to alarm systems, locks, and smoke detectors, smart home features give you access to remotely control your home from your mobile device or tablet —and save you some money in the process.

What Are the Must-Have Smart Home Features?

The possibilities are endless when it comes to home automation, making it hard to choose what features to include in your smart home. These five products and features are the absolute must-haves for millennial renters and homeowners.

  • Security system

If you are a single adult or a young family starting out, safety is a top priority. With more than 5,400 burglaries taking place each day in the US, it’s necessary to secure your home and valuables. Home automation allows you to check locks, view your home through security cameras, and be notified immediately if someone intrudes. You can even sync your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to your security system. When considering a security system, make sure to choose one that best fits your needs, location, and budget.

  • Lights

Home automation allows you to control the lights in and around your house from your phone or tablet. You can adjust the brightness to set the mood for a dinner date or a casual night watching Netflix, or you can turn the front lights on before you get home from work to avoid walking in the dark. It’s also a great way to save a little money by turning the lights off when you aren’t home.

  • Thermostats

Using your home automation app and a smart thermostat, you can raise or lower the temperature in your house remotely. Not only will you enjoy a comfortable house, but you might see savings on your next energy bill!

  • Speakers

Music seems to be the quickest way to boost your mood on any given day. Smart speakers are portable and controllable through your smartphone. They allow you to play your music and other audio content on the fly, anywhere and anytime. Some smart speakers are voice-activated and can even schedule a ride from Lyft or Uber.

  • House appliances

With busy work and social schedules, it’s often hard to find time for cooking and cleaning. But with home automation appliances like smart vacuums, crockpots, or coffee makers, you can remotely signal these robotic appliances to vacuum the floors or start brewing your morning cup of coffee. Make your life a little easier by using smart appliances in your daily routine.

How Do I Get Started?

While there are hundreds of innovative home automation products and features you can use, you’ll need to do a few things before you can start controlling your home with your smartphone.

  1. Get a controller: Most home automation systems will be managed directly from your smartphone or tablet. However, some still require a control hub in the house.
  2. Get access to a network: Use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or a home automation network, depending on the product you’d like to control remotely.
  3. Give devices a way to receive instructions: Use Wi-Fi or outfit your home with smart outlets to integrate all features, like your lights, of your new smart home.

Smart homes are the way of the future, and these are just a few features that you’ll need to get started!


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Scott Fisher By, Scott Fisher
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