Looking to make your home just a little bit smarter? The number of devices out there that can control your lighting, thermostat, and even kitchen operations, will surely make your life at home more convenient.
Here is a list of 6 appliances that will turn your home into a smart house.
1. Smart Speaker
The Amazon Echo has various voice-activated features that let you can control all your smart home gadgets. For $179.99 the Amazon Echo can read you your favorite audiobooks, tell you the weekly weather forecast, and even carry out online transactions just by you telling it what to do. And of course, it’s speaker function let’s you play your favorite tunage from anywhere in your house.
2. Smart Security Camera
The Nest Cam is a security camera device that conveniently lets you keep an eye on your home. This $199 camera shoots video in 1080p and has a magnetic base that swivels and lets you set it up anywhere in the house. The Dropcam has audio out of both sides of the camera, sharp night vision and a powerful digital zoom, giving you a clear picture of what the camera picks up.
3. Smart Lights
LIFX’s bulb is a light bulb for your home that comes with 16 million colors, 1,000 shades of white alone and Wi-Fi bulbs with maximum brightness of 1,000 lumens. For these bulbs, there’s no need for a hub nor router, and they can even connect to your Nest smart home system if you have one. The app is user-friendly as well. Aside from controlling colors and setting themes, you can split up your home into sections and create timings for them. LIFX bulbs are $59.99.
4. Smart Home Thermostat
Ecobee3 is a smart device that has mastered the art of making sure each room in your home is getting heated or cooled properly, and to the desired temperature. To do this, a small wireless sensor gets placed in the room, and the thermostat will keep the heat on until it senses the room is warm enough. The Ecobee3 is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit and the Amazon Echo. Set price at $249.99.
5. Smart Smoke Detector
Roost Smart Battery is only $34.99 and monitors Carbon dioxide in the environment. It plugs into any existing smoke or C02 detector and makes it a smart device. When too much smoke is in the home and the alarm goes off, it alerts you on your smartphone, so you receive the detection no matter where you are.
6. Smart Garage Door Opener
Garage door openers have a tendency to get misplaced. Chamerlain’s garage door opener lets you simply tap your device’s screen to open or close the door from any location. All you have to do is install the smartphone app to control the device. This device is priced at $85.95.