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What Can You Control in a Smart Home?

What Can You Control in a Smart Home?

A few years ago, no one could have predicted being able to use our voice to do mundane tasks, such as turning our lights on and off. Today’s smart home systems can do a lot more than adjust your home’s temperature and keep track of your security system. Thanks to the internet of things (IOT), your smart home system can control nearly every aspect of your home.

Given the current COVID-19 outbreak, you may be stuck at home for an indefinite amount of time. If you’re bored, consider taking on a few personal projects, such as upgrading your home to a smart one. 

Learn how to make your regular home into a smart one.


How Do I Transform My Home Into a Smart Home?

If you’re new to the smart home game, you may feel intimidated because there are so many devices to research. We recommend you invest in multiple components, such as smart bulbs, sensors, speakers, security cameras, and more. You can connect every component to a central hub that helps them communicate with each other, and you can control each device with your smartphone. 

However, you may feel like too many devices is overkill. In today’s blog, we’ll explore different smart home products so that you can decide which ones work best with your home.


Smart Lighting Can Enhance Your Atmosphere

Are you tired of generic, dull lighting? How about when you’re tucked in bed and forget to turn off your bedroom lights, so you have to get up? Talk about annoying! Fortunately, you’ll never have to worry about manually turning your lights on or off again when you switch to smart home lighting solutions. 

You shouldn’t underestimate the value of a modern lighting system. Believe it or not, poor lighting can have adverse effects on your mental and emotional health. On the other hand, having bright lights can heighten your emotions, regulate your appetite, alleviate symptoms of depression, and stabilize your circadian rhythm. 

Many systems work well without a central hub and are still capable of interacting with other smart home elements. Some smart bulbs can connect to your Wi-Fi, while others communicate through Bluetooth; it all boils down to your preference. You should be able to control any smart bulb using your phone, tablet, or computer, which you can use to program lighting scenes and schedules. 


Smart Speakers Can Serve as a Personal Assistant

There’s nothing more convenient than being able to pull out your phone to dim the lights during your family movie night. When you link a smart speaker to your smart lighting, you’ll be able to enhance the atmosphere by simply saying, “dim the lights.” 

Furthermore, smart speakers are only getting smarter. The most innovative ones to date now come with a screen, adding extra features to your device. You can now stream your favorite shows directly from your speaker, monitor your home’s security camera feed, use it as an in-home video intercom system, and make video calls. 


Smart Thermostats Can Save You Money

Smart thermostats deliver both comfort and energy savings, which is perfect for homeowners who are on a budget. This intelligent device establishes a heating and cooling schedule based on the time you’re usually at home; this means it can detect when you’re at home or away. Your HVAC system will only operate when it’s needed. 

Best of all, there are thermostats with sensors that you can put inside the rooms you spend the most time in. They operate based on where you are inside the house, instead of triggering heating and cooling cycles based on the thermostat’s location.


Smart Smoke Detectors Can Keep Your Family Safe

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are inherently dumb devices that go off at the worst times. However, a smart smoke and carbon detector can send an alert to your phone if it detects danger. This discrete alert system saves you from the embarrassment you feel when your smoke detector goes off, and your entire neighborhood can hear. Best of all, there’s a smart smoke detector for every price point, so you won’t have to splurge. 


The Final Verdict

Smart home devices are the way to go, and they’re only becoming more popular. The number of smart homes is forecast to surpass 300 million by 2023, according to Statista. You don’t need to break the bank to modernize your home, and owning one or two smart products can make your home’s interior look more appealing. 


All Metro Tech is Ready to Help

If you’re ready to enhance your lifestyle and have complete control with smart home technology, All Metro Tech can help you achieve your smart home or business goals. We’re a full-service residential and commercial custom electronics design and integration company. Our smart home technology solutions can make your home or business safe, elegant, and easy to use. Contact us today.