Smart homes are about to change the way we live. In this guide, we’ll show you how to get started and help you understand what smart technology is, how it works and what it can do for your home.
What are smart homes?
A smart home is a house that uses technology to make your life easier. Smart homes can monitor and control your home environment, including temperature, lighting, security and entertainment. They can also be controlled remotely using a mobile device or voice commands.
How do I set up a smart home?
There are many different types of smart home devices on the market, so it can be hard to know where to start. The best place is to think about what you want your home to do for you. Do you want it to be more energy efficient? Do you want all the lights in your house turn on when someone walks into a room? Maybe there’s something else that would make life easier for you–and by extension, make living in an automated environment more comfortable and enjoyable overall.
If this sounds like something worth exploring further, then let us help! We’ll walk through some basic categories of smart devices and how they work together within an automated ecosystem as well as discuss some potential uses cases along with their benefits (and drawbacks).
How do I manage my smart home?
If you want to manage your smart home from a single app, there are several options available. The most popular apps for managing a smart home include:
- Google Home (Android only)
- Amazon Alexa (Android & iOS)
- Apple HomeKit (iOS only)
If you have an Android phone but don’t want to use a Google-specific service, there are also some great third-party alternatives available such as Samsung SmartThings and Wink Hub 2 Plus which can be used with both Android and iOS devices. You can find out more about these apps here.
Do I need to hire an expert?
As you can see, there are plenty of options for DIY smart home technology. If you’re still not sure whether a DIY approach is right for you, consider hiring an expert to help with the installation process. While this can be pricey, it will ensure that everything works correctly and safely from day one.
If you do decide to go with self-installation–and we think this is definitely worth doing if at all possible–there are plenty of online resources available for guidance in setting up your system: check out YouTube videos on how to install different devices; ask friends or family members who may have installed similar systems; even hire someone yourself if need be!
Smart home technology is user-friendly.
Smart home technology is user-friendly. You can set it up yourself, and you don’t need to hire an expert.
Now that you know about smart home technology, it’s time to get started! You may not be able to afford everything all at once, but there are many ways to start small. Start by purchasing an affordable hub like Amazon Echo or Google Home, then add some smart lights and other small appliances. As your budget allows for more investment into the future of your home, consider adding things like security cameras or locks–they’re both great ways for beginners to get started with this exciting new world of possibilities!