4 Gadgets For a Smart Home
Just a few years ago, the expression "home automation" was unknown to many of us. Smart homes were seen as a possibility for the future. However, they are now an integral part of daily life for many homeowners. Here are four gadgets that will make your home "smarter".
A smart thermostat allows you to automate the control of your heating or air conditioning and thereby optimize your home's temperature according to your schedule. These thermostats connect to your Wi-Fi network and can remotely adjust your settings. For example, you can increase the heat in your chalet a few hours before you arrive. Smart thermostats enable you to reduce your energy consumption, which will result in a lower electricity bill.
These allow you to unlock your door with your cell phone or remotely give this permission to a friend. A smart lock is useful if you're going on holiday and want a friend to pick up your mail while you're away. You could also give access to a plumber who is coming to do repairs while you're at work. This lock will send him a temporary virtual key. A smart lock gives you better control over access to your property, as well as a history of entries and exits.
Today's alarm systems are connected to your wireless network, which has significant advantages. For example, you no longer need to keep your telephone's land line if it was only used for your alarm. As a result, thieves can no longer cut your phone wire to disable the alarm; now, you receive a notification directly on your smartphone that a break-in has been attempted. You can also remotely activate and deactivate your system, which is useful if you leave home in a hurry and can't remember if you activated it.
You can install surveillance cameras to increase the security of your home in general, or for specific needs. For example, you could receive an alert on your phone when movement is detected near your pool. You could also use a camera system to watch what your dog is up to while you're away, or to make sure your grandparents are safe. While cameras were once very visible, there are now more discreet models that will go completely unnoticed.
Finally, before you buy a gadget, make sure it meets your needs, expectations and budget. Given the wide range of options available on the market, you will certainly find the right ones for you!
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