We’re all looking for ways to make our lives easier and investing in smart home tech is a way to do just that. Read on to find 10 tech-savvy hacks to make your home smarter…
If you are buying or selling a property, a property solicitor can help to make the process smooth sailing and assist in overcoming any issues that might arise. You can start focussing on the other aspects of moving house and start looking into the smart home devices you want to invest in!
Whether you’re looking for voice-activated lights, an automated coffee maker for your morning wakeup call, or an Alexa-controlled slow cooker, there’s plenty to choose from. Here, we’ve got 10 tech-savvy hacks you might want to add to your home to make it smarter.
1. Smart Lighting
Who doesn’t want to be able to control their lighting from the sofa or bed? With smart lighting, you can do just that.
As well as dimming, turning on and off and creating mood lighting, some products can help to wake you up naturally. For example, Philips Hue lights will gradually brighten to wake you up naturally – especially helpful for those dark winter mornings when you just want to stay in bed. Just connect the hub to your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and control it from an app on your phone.
Not only are smart lightbulbs more fun, but they can also save you money per year as you can decide how much lighting you really need.
2. Water Saver
Smart tech that can help to save water is good for the planet and your bank account. The Waterpebble memorises the length of your first shower and uses it as a benchmark. It will flash green, amber and red to indicate how much time you’ve had and when you should finish up with your shower. Each time, it makes your shower slightly shorter, helping to save water without you having to do too much work.
Amphiro A1 is a water meter for your shower that helps you to conserve your resources. It doesn’t require any batteries or electricity to run it, instead generates energy off the water flow! It tells you the water temperature, volume of water used and uses climate animations to help you reduce your water usage.
3. Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Robotic vacuums are becoming increasingly popular and are great for saving time and effort at home. This is because they move around the home for you, without you having to lift a finger. They are also becoming more affordable to compete with standard vacuums.
The Shark IQ is one of the favourites on the market, but you’ll be paying for it. It is designed to trap allergens and pet hair and is voice-activated and controllable via the app. The Roomba is a more affordable robot vacuum that is controlled by Google Assistant or Alexa voice controls.
An Alexa or Google Home that works as a speaker can be a great addition to your home. As well as playing the radio, connecting to Amazon Music or Spotify, your speaker can be a lot of fun too.
Whether you’re asking it to tell you a joke or help with the kids’ homework it can bring a lot to your life! It can also tell you the time and weather, or even help with a recipe, making life much simpler.
5. Security Wireless Door and Window Sensor
From window and door sensors to doorbell cameras, securing your home has got that bit easier. Now, you can monitor your doors and windows on the go or when you are in the office or on holiday.
With the help of a smartphone app, text messages and emails when activity is detected, you can be alerted to any unusual activity.
There are various models out there, including the Z-wave, Google Nest Cam and Blink Mini Plug-In Smart Security Camera. Some devices have built-in speakers and microphones, night vision, and can verify if all doors are closed from anywhere you are located.
6. Smart Refrigerator
Forgotten whether you’ve got milk left in the fridge or wondering what to have for dinner tonight? Well, a smart refrigerator can help!
The LQ ThinQ has an LCD screen with an impressive design that improves storage options. As well as this, it can interact with a smartphone app which allows you to keep an inventory of all perishable food in your fridge. It also gives you energy consumption details to make you think about how much energy you’re using.
Smart fridges can link with apps such as Food Manager and Grocery Lists which allow you to make plans based on what is available in your fridge, track expiration dates and reduce your waste.
7. Smart Dish Cleaner
The Eco Cleaner uses ultrasonic waves to clean dishes by ionising food particles and converting them into reusable compost for plants. It is an eco-friendly gadget that provides healthy soil for your plants from your food waste. It uses solar technology for charging the battery, making it easily sustainable.
8. Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat gives you the ability to create a schedule based on your temperature preferences. Why wouldn’t you use one?
Some products are even compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa which means you can adjust the temperature from your phone. This means it’ll be less of a struggle to get out of bed on a freezing winter morning! It can also lower your monthly bills.
The latest trend of smart thermostats is sensors that you can put in the rooms you occupy most frequently so that the thermostat operates on the basis of where you are in the house.
9. Smart Plugs
Have you ever forgotten whether you turned off your hair straighteners before an evening out or unplugged the kettle when you are going away and spent the whole time worrying? Well, you need to invest in some smart plugs!
Rather than investing in all new smart products, why not start off with making your existing electronics voice and app activated with a smart plug. Amazon has their own which can be controlled using Alexa.
10. Smart Coffee Machine
Who doesn’t want to wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee? With a smart coffee, you can do just that, making winter mornings that bit easier. There are lots of smart coffee machines out there, so make sure to do your research before investing.
Ready to Invest in Smart Tech for Your Home?
Building a smart home can save you time and money, increase your energy efficiency, and give you peace of mind for your home security systems. The perfect device is out there for you!
If you’re buying your first or a new home, a property solicitor can help to make sure the electrical outlets are all in good shape, ready for your smart tech. You can even buy homes these days with smart tech already a feature – the world truly is changing!
What will be your first smart tech investment? Let us know in the comments down below.