Smart home products are becoming more popular every year and more homeowners are choosing to purchase devices to help them automate and control daily tasks. With everything from smart lights to smart home security systems now available, it can be difficult to determine how to take on smart home trends. Here’s our list of five smart home devices to try this year.
1. Smart Thermostat
These days, your thermostat can do a lot more than keep your family comfortable. Your HVAC system is the largest energy user in your home, so a smart thermostat can help you save energy dollars all year. A smart thermostat can help reduce your energy usage by learning your family’s schedule and habits and will adjust your system’s set point based on the activity in your home. If you haven’t purchased a smart thermostat yet, make 2019 the year you do.
2. Smart Home Speaker
In just a few years, smart home speakers have exploded in popularity. Smart home speakers, like Amazon Echo and Google Home, do more than play music and answer your questions. They can be a helpful shortcut in automating tasks and connecting to other smart devices in your home. For example, you can ask your smart speaker to change the set point on your thermostat or turn off lights after leaving a room. Using voice control could be a quicker or easier way to accomplish the same tasks that could be done in a smart device’s app.
3. Smart Lights
Smart lights are a simple and convenient way to incorporate smart technology into your home. One useful way to utilize smart lights is to schedule certain lights to turn on before you get home. Imagine the benefit of a light turning on by the front door or inside your foyer every day just before you arrive home. Another way to use this smart device is to schedule lights to turn on and off while you’re on vacation. Many smart lights include a “Vacation Mode” setting that will turn the lights on and off every day at a slightly different time, making it look like someone is in the home.
4. Smart Locks
If you’re the type of person who frequently forgets their keys or gets locked out (we’ve all been there!) smart locks could be the right solution for you. Smart locks allow you to lock and unlock your door with a code instead of a key, so you’ll no longer need to carry a key around or worry about forgetting or losing your keys. Plus, you’ll be able to lock and unlock your door from an app, so you can check to make sure you locked the door after leaving your house or unlock the door for a dogwalker or neighbor.
5. Smart Home Security + Automation System
If you already have a few of the smart home devices mentioned above in your home, you may be able to bring them all together with a smart home security and automation system. This type of system enables your smart home products to work together to make your home more efficient and automate some of your daily tasks. For example, your lights could be set to turn on when you pull into your driveway, or your thermostat could be set back when your security system is in Away mode. Smart home security and automation systems, like Constellation Connect, put you in control of your family’s safety and your home’s energy usage. If you’re looking for a way to manage your home’s security system, smart devices and energy usage all from one app, Connect could be the right option for you. Learn more about Constellation Connect by visiting the Constellation Connect website.
If 2019 is the year you decide to make your home a smart home, these are our recommendations on where to start. Smart home devices can make your home smarter and your life simpler by saving you time, energy and money. Whether you dip a toe in the water with smart lights or jump into the deep end with a smart home security and automation system, we hope you enjoy taking on the smart home trends this year.