7 Smart Home Devices You Never Knew You Needed
Thanks to technology, homeowners can now feel more comfortable, safe, and secure in their homes.
09:23 02 March 2020
Tasks that used to be boring, difficult, and time-consuming to accomplish can now be accomplished with the touch of a button, even while away from home. As a matter of fact, technology has brought us gadgets, systems, and equipment that accomplish tasks even without our presence or involvement. It has made life easier, and what more would one want. However, newer smart devices are being discovered and released with every tick of the clock. Some of these are devices you can use in your home, whether or not it’s equipped with smart home technology… and better ones are yet to come.
From security enhancers to entertainment devices, smart assistants, timer-savers, convenient enhancers, and comfort boosters, here are 7 smart home devices you never knew you needed.
An Indoor-Outdoor Thermometer
Is it too hot or is it just you? Or maybe it’s hot outside and your air conditioning unit isn’t working properly? Well, this is something you can best tell using a thermometer. While there are several ways to check weather metrics such as smartphones and news updates, most of them are barely accurate. Most of them won’t give you the exact measurements of things like temperature and other elements. If you check out this article by David from the weather station reviews, you’ll notice that having an indoor-outdoor thermometer is the best way to determine the exact temperature in your surroundings. In addition to detecting the temperature inside your home, the smart device can tell you how hot or cold it is outdoors from the data it receives from the outdoor temperature sensor.
Smart light switch
How many times have you felt miserable that you have to get up and walk to switch off the kitchen or bathroom lights just when getting into bed? Or you’re just about to head to work, only to discover you didn’t switch the bedroom lights off. Well, stress no more, because as long as you have a smart home, you can easily control the lights around your home from your smartphone using a smart light switch app.
Smart speaker/personal assistant
Yes, you can have a smart personal assistant/speaker that lets you control several things around your home. Using the Amazon Echo, for instance, you can control any smart system in your home, play music, search the internet, and even play music from certain streaming services using the famous personal assistant, Alexa. Another similar device is the Apple HomePod speaker, which is powered by Siri to perform similar functions.
Love some music in the shower? No problem. All you need is a smart Bluetooth showerhead, which uses Bluetooth to connect to your tablet or smartphone so you can stream all your favorite jams while in the shower.
Automated programmable thermostat
Have your heating or cooling costs skyrocketed in the recent past? Well, perhaps you have one already, but having a programmable smart thermostat can allow you to save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from your utility bills. When there’s no one at home, the smart device detects and turns down heating or cooling to minimize energy consumption.
For those of you who love fine-toasted bread, you may be having trouble getting the perfect toast from your traditional toaster. The good news is that smart toasters are available, which give you nothing short of perfection when it comes to toasting. They come with an LED panel that informs you of the current toasting cycle and smart features to regulate toasting time while keeping the process as delicate as it can get.
Smart flood sensor
Plumbing mishaps are bound to occur from time to time and in case you’re asleep or away from home when it happens, it can be disastrous. With a smart flood sensor, however, you can easily avoid the losses that result from water damage and improve your home’s safety.
How convenient is it to see a robotic device handle your house cleaning chores? Well, we’re in a futuristic era where robotic vacuum cleaners and robot vacuum mops provide just that. With such a smart device in your home, you won’t have to worry about dust, pollen, or other kinds of dust that deny you comfort and peace of mind in your home, especially while struggling with a busy schedule.
We can go on and on about how much convenience, smart home technology has brought into our lives. The bottom line is, it saves time, energy, and money while increasing comfort, convenience, and functionality. The above are just a few devices you just might want to look into if you have a smart home or want to make your home smarter.