Make Your Home Smart with New Technologyby Sue on May 7th, 2018
The world has changed a lot. Ever notice how everything is “smart” these days? Phones, wearable tech, cars, watches…seems like everything we use can be smart. And there’s an abundance of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and new technologies make smart easy to come by.
Safety, security and convenience are important for folks of all ages, including homeowners in Taylor Morrison communities across the country. Living in a smart home is becoming more and more attractive because of the peace of mind that comes with it.
Start with Smooth WIFI
The first thing you need to do to make your home smart is to connect to a WIFI system router like Google WIFI. One is enough for a small home, up to 1,500 square feet while two is good for a home that’s 1,500 to 3,000 square feet. Up to 4,500 square feet, you’ll want three. Add more for even larger homes. Such a router system can end dead zones, provide a fast signal consistently and becomes a single network for all your devices.
Give Your Home a Voice-Over
Tired of talking to yourself? Talk to your home! Actually, talking to your home can give you control of a lot of smart tech in your home, if you use a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo. This smart speaker connects you to Alexa. Smart speakers let do all kinds of things hands-free, like play music, enjoy hands-free calling and control household smart devices all with the power of your voice.
Rooms with a Boost
As an overview, check out CNET.com’s living smart home lab. The actual house is in Louisville, KY, but even if you have a new home in Austin, Texas like the ones at Heritage at Vizcaya in Roundrock you can explore a handy interactive graphic that shows you the tech that can go into a smart home, room by room. Whichever room you select in the CNET home graphic, some of the available technologies pop up, along with their CNET ratings. Pretty nifty.
Secure your home with Nest, which offers a range of high tech items.
- Nest Thermostat’s biggest plus is energy savings. It can turn the temp down and lets you control rooms separately, plus you can control it remotely through an app.
- Nest cameras, available for indoor and outdoor uses, lets you see what’s going on from your phone, no matter where you are. Some versions can even recognize faces.
- Nest Hello shows you who is ringing your doorbell. Nest Secure is an impressively comprehensive alarm system, with cams, motion and open/close sensors, alerts and more, all connected to your smart phone.
- Nest X Yale allows keyless locking and unlocking from anywhere.
- Nest Protect is a digital smoke and CO detector that tells you where the problem is in your home.
- Nest devices work with a number of products and gadgets from other companies, too, including Google Home devices, lights and appliances.
WiFi can even loosen up those apron strings. With a connected cooker device and app, like the Anova Precision Cooker, you can change the temp remotely using your smart phone. For hands-free cooking, tell your Amazon Alexa or Google Home to turn up the heat or simmer it down. You can also access thousands of recipes and guides on the app.
Scale Your Fitness
Keep a QardioBase Wireless Smart Scale and Body Analyzer in the bathroom. It does more than the traditional scale. Used along with the smart phone app, this one automatically measures your weight, calculates your BMI and monitors your body composition in muscle, water, body fat and bone. There’s even a pregnancy mode and, with separate apps, can privately measure and monitor everyone in the household.
Fans with Brawns and Brains
Big, beautiful and smart ceiling fans like Haiku offer some impressive advanced energy savings and features, too. Made for indoor and outdoor use, the Haiku fan is high-performance and WiFi-enabled. Features include motion detection, optional LED light, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Nest devices and Ecobee whole-home voice technology. The fans come in a range of fashionable finishes made of bamboo or aluminum.
In the IoT Zone
The Internet of Things is seemingly endless. Home appliances, energy management, home automation, security and safety, health and fitness, information and entertainment and automotive are all covered. IoTLineup.com offers a comprehensive list of these devices the site deems the best of the best smart home devices available right now. You’ll find the standard devices (if there is such a thing!) like Nest Cams and August Smart Locks, but also some that might surprise you. For example:
- SmartMat Intelligent Yoga Mat to help you perfect your yoga training.
- Keen Home Smart Vent System works with Nest open and close air and heating vents to reduce energy costs and regulate the temperature in every room. Also provides air purification.
- Singlecue Gesture Controller gives you touch-free control your smart home devices, TV and media using gestures.
- iGrill Mini smart grill thermometer brings the efficiency of smart tech to your outdoor cooking, measuring the temp inside your grill or smoker without having to lift the lid
Feeling smarter yet? Explore your tech options to give your homes some bells and whistles for safety, security and, yes, fun. Share what your favorite home tech devices are in the comments section below.