Did you ever think of wanting to automate some things around your home? You know how they have it in movies. The automatic lights, that coffee maker which starts brewing in the morning on its own, sprinklers that turn on and off themselves. It’s always stuff like this that you see at the beginning of movies usually.
What if we told you that stuff is very much a real thing? You can have the fancy tech and devices installed in your homes and then call your home smart. Just in case you didn’t know, there are such things as smart devices that are readily and quite commonly available to domestic customers. We’ll tell you more about it in this article but here’s what you should know.
First Things First: The Home Internet
In order to make your home smart, you of course need the devices and the technology. But what’s primary is that you need stable internet connectivity because that is essentially the source behind powering these devices.
Check with your internet service provider about your internet plan details in order to determine whether it can support one, or multiple smart devices alongside your usual internet usage requirements. Without connectivity to the internet, a smart device is pretty much useless. And we say that because the one thing about these devices is that they’re controlled remotely via our smartphones and even some compatible voice assistants.
That is why having an internet plan with high speeds and no data cap is ideal for a smart household.
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Invest In Smart Devices
As we already mentioned, making your home smart would require you to install smart devices. And when we say install don’t think expensive, renovation-level installation that has wiring involved and would require the help of professionals.
Smart devices have been designed to be easily installed by homeowners themselves. Rarely would you ever require the help of a professional – probably only when internal wiring is involved and that’s not exactly your domain, to begin with.
Nonetheless, here are some smart devices that you could consider investing in. They have a long-term pay-off too in terms of energy saving, home security, and cutting back on your utility bills.
One of the best smart devices you could consider investing in is a smart thermostat. But isn’t it expensive? Sort of – but just hear this out.
A smart thermostat replaces your traditional thermostat controller and makes your home’s heating and cooling system automatic. When you can control the system from your smartphone from practically wherever you are, it leaves no room for energy wastage. Switch on the system as needed instead of leaving it on for hours.
So not only is it controlled remotely, but smart thermostats come packed with different features – differing from brand to brand. These may include motion sensors that can auto-adjust temperatures to keep it eco-friendly, and even switch the system off when no one’s around. Through their associated smartphone apps, homeowners can even set schedules so that their system automatically works according to them.
Smart lights are a great way to cut back on those electric bills of yours. But what’s even better is that they’re automated in so many ways. To begin with, smart lights are LED meaning they utilize less energy, to begin with.
Secondly, they are also controlled through smartphone apps and compatible voice assistants much like all other smart devices. What does that mean? Remote and wireless control of the lighting in your home – that too individual bulbs! If you set up a central hub then you can get collective control of smart lights if you have many in your home.
Smart Coffee Maker
Sounds like a bit of a luxury, but for someone that loves their morning caffeine – which also makes them late for work, a smart coffee maker is a great addition to their daily routine.
When you can’t function without having your morning cup of coffee, save up and get yourself a smart coffee maker. This device can be programmed to start brewing your coffee as soon as the clock strikes 6 a.m. So it basically saves you time and has your coffee ready to go just when it’s time to head out to work.
Are Smart Devices A Luxury?
The question of whether smart devices are a luxury is a very valid one. However, here’s something that you should bear in mind. A lot of smart devices are great to integrate into your daily, domestic lifestyle. Ones like smart thermostats, smart lights, and so many others are the ones that make it easier to cut back on energy wastage – and you’ll eventually see a decline in your bills too.
Of course, there are those that can be categorized as luxuries. And it’s because if your home is doing just fine without it then it’s just more of a want and not particularly a helpful device for the household.
But luxury or not, what you really need to look at first is your internet plan. Contact Xfinity customer service to find out what plans are available to your specific locality.