With the leaps and bounds in technology, we can now easily turn our homes into Smart Homes, meaning using our voices or smartphones, we can control various aspects of our homes making it easier to be comfortable. Heating and cooling systems, lights, and security can all be connected to the Internet of Things making our lives easier. But as with a lot of things, having it is easy, but learning how to get it and set it up and be difficult. Here are some tips and tricks on how to “educate your home”, and if any of this is out of your wheelhouse, give us a call: We can help.
First things first, you need to decide on your assistant. Your home assistant is going to help you control all the things that you connect to your Internet of Things. There are pros and cons for each of them, but a quick Google search will allow you to decide which one meets your budget and needs.
- Amazon’s Alexa
- Google Assistant
After you’ve chosen your assistant, you need to choose your hardware. Amazon, Google, and Apple all offer various hardware, and most can also be controlled via smartphones and tablets, as well as specific hardware like the Amazon Dot, or Google Home.
Now that we have an assistant, the fun begins. What do you want to connect to your Internet of Things in your smart home? Our recommendation? Start small. Lights and temp control are a great way to test your smart home. Smart lights and smart thermostats are available from a range of manufacturers, and Netco technicians are experts in installing them. Once installed, connect them to your assistant and you’re ready! With smart lights and thermostats, you can turn on and off lights with the sound of your voice, as well as set your lights and temperature on a schedule!
Bringing things a step further, you can also set up security cameras that will connect to your smart home and can be controlled by your assistant. A home security system can allow you to keep an eye on your home and property no matter where you are! You can see when the delivery company drops off your newest piece of smart home technology, or know for sure when the kids get home from school.