Written by Elise Morgan
In today’s world there are a whole host of high-tech appliances that have been developed for the home. If you’re planning on turning your house into a smart home, you’re going to need to know how to do it safely and how to do it right.
Here are a few ways you can make your home “smart.”
1 – Install smart lighting.
Those of us who are old enough to remember the clapper lights that you can turn on and off by clapping are in for a treat. “Smart lighting” refers to lights that can be controlled digitally instead of through a conventional light switch. There are apps for your phone that let you dim and change the colors of your lights, as well as lights connected to motion sensors and household appliances like computers.
Smart lighting can be pretty cool and definitely puts more control in your hands, but there are a few things to watch out for when installing them.
First off, “smart lights” can either be actual bulbs that replace your current ones, or they can be switches or plugs. Depending on which one you get, you will need to plan out your installation accordingly. Here’s a helpful guide.
2 – Smart security systems mean remote control.
Smart home security systems work a lot like the traditional ones most of us are used to, but now they connect to your internet. This lets you control them from your devices, which means you can do things like arm your system from the beach in case you realized you forgot.
Of course there are other features like cameras and motion sensors that can be installed to further secure your home, but before you go out and buy one of these systems, you want to make sure that your home network is secure.
A breach in your internet security could give someone access to your security systems and even to your smart devices in your house. That’s why it’s important to buy high-quality utilities from brands you trust, and to regularly update your internet password.
3 – Sometimes smarter isn’t better, so do your homework.
Smart devices are really cool and can be generally interesting, but before making a purchase you want to make sure that they are actually right for your home. Things like smart beds are really cool, but you need to know that they are going to fit in your room and be right for your needs.
Home upgrades should always be a long-term investment where you don’t have to wonder if you got your money’s worth or not, so doing your research on the front end can really pay off in spades.
Hopefully by now you have a better idea of what kinds of smart appliances can be added to your home and what some of the things you need to be thinking about are. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you take your time. Rushing into a new home renovation or purchase is almost always going to result in disappointment or worse. So, give yourself some time to mull it over, plan out how you’re going to run the installation, and enjoy your smarter home.
This post is for a home inspection site. The article should list the essential facts that you need to know when looking to upgrade or transform your home into a smart home.