As the Internet of Things begins to slowly infiltrate our daily lives, the promised digital home and home automation ideas we were presented as kids are becoming a reality.
Thanks to systems and packages, like what is offered by us here at On Guard, almost anyone with a smartphone can change the setting of their lights, thermostat, locks, water system, or even see security cameras in real-time. So how can you get all of this up and running? Actually, it’s pretty easy! With just a quick trip to your local big box retailer or your favorite online store, you’ll be able to find devices like these for your everyday use.
Not everything is “smart” just yet, and sometimes you just don’t feel the need to replace something that’s not broken. In this case, check out a smart plug, like the TP-Link Wifi Smart Plug. This plug lets you control any device connected to it, so if you want your old, reliable coffeemaker to turn on in the morning, activating the plug from your control center will switch the coffeemaker on, letting you have your morning joe right as you get out of bed.
When upgrading to a new thermostat, it’s not a bad idea to check out Nest’s Learning Thermostat. Equipped with a 24-bit color LCD display, it’s easy to read when you’re near it and thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity, it’s easy to set when you’re either on the couch or in the car on the way home. With this device, you don’t need to worry about wasting energy just to come home to a house that’s warm in the winter or cool in the summer!
Floor lights can be connected to smart plugs, but ceiling lights unfortunately cannot. For those, check out LED lights like the GE Link lightbulb. With the ability to last 22 years and using 80% less power than traditional lightbulbs, these dimmable lights are not only a great addition to any home automation setup, they’re great for the environment as well.
Things like keycards have been allowing people to enter and exit without the use of a key for years. This technology is finally not only available for individuals, but can be integrated into home automation setups. A lock like the Schlage Connect BE469NX has a built in alarm, fingerprint resistant touchscreen, and can be accessed from anywhere. Add in Z-Wave technology, which connects the lock to other devices, and it will integrate nicely into any smart home.
For more information on how On Guard Systems can integrate your home’s technology, check out our contact us page!