Welcome to the future. We’ve come a long way from the movie ‘Smart Home’ and iconic cartoon, ‘The Jetsons’, where remote-controlled lighting and refrigerators that gave us shopping needs were just a dream.
Buying a home is an exciting time and upgrading with the latest smart home technology is sure to not only make your life easier but increase the resale value, as well.
We rounded up our top six favorite additions that are sure to please any homeowner.
The Ring Video Doorbell offers peace of mind, easy communication with visitors and 24/7 security. It’s fairly easy to install, features a slender design with interchangeable faceplates, and delivers sharp 1080p video both day and night. It also uses pre-buffering technology to show you what happened before any motion was triggered. Ring lets you view live video on an Amazon Echo Show device using Alexa voice commands, making it one of the most versatile video doorbells you can buy. Plus, with the Ring Neighborhood App, you can now get real-time crime and safety alerts from your neighbors and stay up to date on what’s happening around your home. Ring also features home security cameras, security lighting and indoor/outdoor cameras, as well, so you never miss a single moment.
If you’re looking for secure access to your home without distributing keys, installing a smart lock is a good place to start. A favorite is the August Smart Lock system. With the app, you can allow access to friends and family with the touch of a button on your smartphone. Allowing for real-time updates, a doorbell camera and total control of locking and unlocking your door, home security has never been more convenient. Plus, you still have traditional key access in case you forget your code.
Smart Refrigerators are sweeping the nation and depending on the model, can connect via WiFi to look up recipes, provide ingredient lists, play music and TV shows and even send a notification to your phone letting you know if the door was left open or if you’re running low on ice. Transparent doors allow for an easy view of what’s inside without opening the doors, have touch screens for shopping lists and some even allow you to send and leave notes for others in the home. LG is reportedly developing a smart refrigerator with a built-in display that will let you order groceries, if that’s not convenience, we don’t know what is! Current models can tell you if the door has been left open and let you adjust the temperature using your smartphone. You can also access Alexa to monitor and set the temperature, and you can use both Alexa and Google Assistant to turn on the ice maker and air filter.
The days of hearing dad say, “Don’t touch that thermostat!” are over. The new Ecobee Smart Thermostat With Voice Control works with a number of services like Google Assistant, Alexa, Apple HomeKit and more, letting you control the temperature of your home just by talking. The latest version is also equipped with SmartSensor. Allowing the thermostat to detect both temperature and occupancy for smarter comfort and further savings. The company claims homeowners save an average of 23% annually on their heating and cooling costs.
Available at an affordable price, Sengled offers a simple smart bulb can be installed in any standard socket. It connects directly to your home Wi-Fi and displays 16 million colors. Yep, that’s not a typo – 16 million. Supported by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice command, it can interact with other smart home devices as well. And of course, comes with a user-friendly mobile app that lets you create lighting schedules and scenes, tells you how much power the bulb is using and can even play music, as some of their line includes bluetooth connected bulbs that are also speakers. Covered by a 22 year warranty, this is an easily justified expense.
West Michigan weather can be quite indecisive. One day it’s hot and the next it’s pouring rain. There’s really no better way to maintain your watering schedule than with a smart sprinkler system. For a small investment, you now have the ability to better control your watering times, saving you money and keeping your lawn in pristine condition. Rachio lets you create your own watering schedule, automatically adjusts to weather conditions and features convenient smartphone control. The app also keeps a water meter, alerts you of any leaks and allows you to set specific zones to water the sunny spots more often than the shaded ones.
Stay smart, secure and don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones’. With technologies like these, your neighbors will be trying to keep up with you!