Smart technologies have revolutionized our lives in a variety of ways. There is no place more transformed over the years by smart technology than the modern household. Dozens of smart devices have been created for many purposes around the home, and they’ve never been more cost-effective and accessible. It’s a great idea to consider integrating smart technology into your residence to improve your everyday life. Here are some of the best choices for smart home devices that make a wide range of household tasks much easier.
A great way to both add convenience to your life and save money on your monthly energy bills is by installing a smart thermostat in your home. Smart thermostats have many functions in addition to simply changing the temperature. Some of these include:
- Remotely controlling settings from a mobile app
- Setting schedules based on when you’re normally away at work or school
- Monitoring weather patterns to suggest changes to settings when there are heat waves or cold snaps
- Automatically notifying you when there are problems in the system or necessary upcoming maintenance tasks
When you have the level of control over your thermostat that smart technology provides, you avoid needlessly wasting energy on your heat and air conditioning. Smart thermostats save most homes hundreds of dollars in energy bills throughout the year. The device will pay for itself quickly and continue to save you money for years to come.
Another great way to make your life easier while also saving money is by installing smart lights. You can remotely turn your lights on or off, set them to be voice- or music-controlled, and even put them on schedules. You won’t have to worry about accidentally leaving lights on when you’re out of the house, finding light switches in the middle of the night, or wasting money on electricity bills.
The last thing anyone wants to do after working all day is vacuum the house. It’s an exhausting chore that takes forever, and it needs to be done several times a week in order to prevent stains and damage to your floors. Smart vacuums will automatically clean your floors as many times as you want them to.
Smart vacuums map out the entire floor and separate your house by rooms to allow you to specifically target certain locations for cleaning when they need it. You can even mark some locations as restricted areas that the vacuum can’t enter. For example, if there’s a dog bed on the floor, you can mark that area as being forbidden in order to avoid accidentally sucking up the fabric or scaring your dog.
Smart vacuums can be controlled directly, but they’re more conveniently controlled through the use of an app where you can start the vacuum, set cleaning schedules, and send the vacuum back to the base to charge and empty the canister, all without leaving your chair.
For extra cleaning power on hardwood or tile floors, there are also smart mops available with similar functions.
One of the first smart devices to enter homes was the smart doorbell. With a smart doorbell, you not only have a typical doorbell that you can program with a variety of chimes, but it also acts as a security camera. Through a mobile app, you’re notified of any activity such as when someone rings the doorbell or when motion is detected in front of the door. These doorbell sensors are so intuitive that they even send special notifications when packages are delivered.
Through the app from anywhere, you’re able to speak to someone who is at the door. If someone suspicious is at the door, you can tell them to leave the premises or that you’re about to call the police. The camera will record any movement it detects in the process, allowing you to provide police with video evidence of possible intruders if necessary. Smart doorbells provide you with peace of mind whether you’re at home or away.
Smart Leak Detectors
One of the biggest concerns many homeowners have is the possibility of water damage caused by broken pipes, large amounts of melting snow outside, or flooding. It’s always best to find and fix water leaks as soon as possible to avoid flooded basements, irreparably damaged family heirlooms, and severe water damage to wooden beams, drywall, and insulation within your home. However, most leaks go undetected for long periods of time because they’re in the basement or hidden in the walls.
Smart leak detectors instantly detect moisture buildup of any kind and sound a loud alarm to alert you of the problem, allowing you to stop the water before the damage becomes severe. Smart leak detectors connect to apps that notify you through your smartphone of any water that is detected in the area of the device. Even if you’re not home, you can tell a neighbor or family member about it to get them to stop the water before it causes massive damage.
Smart Pet Feeders and Water Fountains
Loving your pet is one of the easiest things in the world, but there are some occasions when you’re unable to feed your pet because you’re being held up at work or you’re stuck in traffic. There are also times when you forget to feed them as you’re rushing out the door in the morning because you’re late. These are perfectly understandable situations for all pet owners, but they’re entirely avoidable with a smart pet feeder.
All you have to do is fill up the feeder with food, set a feeding schedule and let it run. Your pets will never go without food again. Many smart pet feeders also come with cameras and speakers, allowing you to keep an eye on your pet and talk to them while you’re away. In addition, the smart feeder will let you know when the food is running out, and you can even order more pet food through the device if you’re out of refills.
Smart pet feeders pair nicely with smart pet water fountains, which provide your pet with fresh and cool water that is constantly being filtered to eliminate dirt, grime, hair, and bacteria.
If controlling numerous smart devices seems overwhelming to you, don’t worry. Many smart devices can be integrated into a smart hub home assistant. You can manage and control nearly every smart device in your home using an app connected to the hub or through voice activation in the hub itself.
If you’re interested in installing smart technology in your home, you can count on our reliable and skilled technicians at Arc Angel Electric to provide you with high-quality installation services. We help you map out a plan for the installation, find the best smart devices, and set up each device as they’re installed. We also offer installation services for electronic vehicle charging stations, electrical panels, generators, whole-house surge protectors, wiring systems, and more. To learn more about any of the services we provide to the areas in and around Cumming, Georgia and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, contact us at Arc Angel Electric today.