When you are embarking upon a remodel of your home, for instance a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, new flooring or new painting, why not consider implementing Smart Home Technology into the mix. It is simply amazing to be able to turn on lights or adjust your thermostat before you walk into your home with your smart phone. The days of the Jetson’s is here and you don’t need to break the bank to accomplish this seamlessly into your lifestyle. We have identified a few cool automated devices that you can implement easily and make your home a smart home with automation.
One of the first things that you should consider in your Smart Home Automation is a Smart Hub. This automation hub is a way to control all of your connected automated gadgets with one device instead of multiple devices. There are so many options to choose from, so it is important to find a hub that supports all of the smart devices in your home. Some of the various ways to connect include Bluetooth, Wi-Fu, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Lutron and more. It is important to investigate and research which ones will fit your needs most.
Amazon Alexa and Echo and a Smart Home
Alexa is by far one of the most successful devices created by Amazon. Alexa was made widely popular by the introduction of Amazon Echo. Alexa is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and can control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub. Amazon offers several different versions of this device. My favorite is the Amazon Echo that is the taller one of the offerings. This Amazon Echo retails for under $200. It can be found online or in stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond.
O-Cedar O-Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner
This is a super cool way to clean your floors by using the O Cedar Duster Robotic Floor Cleaner. This is a battery operated tool that will navigate your hard wood floors or tile floors and clean up dust, sand, and other particles with an electrostatic cloth. This super easy device allows you to recharge it and change the disposable cloths, in a blink of an eye. This amazing device can be purchased online for under $30.00 – Very Budget friendly tool to have on hand for keeping your hard floors clean in a moments notice.
Click & Grow Indoor Smart Herb Garden –
If you want to have fresh herbs for cooking and live in a condo or a very cold climate, you definitely want to take a look at the Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden. This product is great even for those without a green thumb. Each kit contains everything you will need for your indoor herb garden, including seed cartridges filled with nutrients and a plant light to boost growth. The only thing that you need to do for your indoor smart herb garden is to fill the water reservoir. The Click & Grow Indoor Smart Herb Garden planter will handle everything else. This amazing product can be purchased online for under $60.00
August Smart Lock
The days of duplicating keys or lost keys are over, with the August Smart Lock. You can use your smart phone or keypad to enter your home. You never need to worry about not knowing who is entering your home. This sleek sophisticated system comes in Silver or in Dark Gray. The August Smart Lock works with a specific deadbolt that gives you more security for your home. Another great feature is that you can make temporary virtual keys for guests for specific times or you can grant them access from your phone while in another location. You can always have access of a full log of visitors from the August Smart Lock app. This amazing Smart Lock can be purchased online for under $229 from August Home.
Nest Learning Thermostat
If you want a tech savvy Thermostat that you can operate from your smart phone, take a look at the Nest Learning Thermostat. The technology offers you the convenience of being able to control your thermostat from anywhere, via any Internet-enabled device. But more importantly, the smart thermostat provides real-time system alerts, so if your heating system were to fail, you could take action immediately—before you have serious issues such as a failing AC that is leaking or frozen and other issues that can harm your home. The Nest has various models you can choose from. The Nest Thermostat can be found online for around $249 online.
Tile Key Finder
If you are constantly losing your keys, this little device will be something that you can’t live without. The Tile Key Finder is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that helps you find your keys in a matter of seconds. When you press a button Tile will make a noise to help you locate it, kind of like the panic button on your car key that you can use when you are trying to locate your car in a parking lot. With the Tile key finder, you can locate it using your smart phone in a map view that allows you to see locations of where you placed your keys last. It is safe to say that by having the Tile tracker, you will never need to worry about misplaced keys ever again. The Tile Key finder is extremely budget friendly, it retails online for under $30.00
Keen Home Smart Vent
If you are looking for a Smart Home product that has ties to the Hit Show Shark Tank, take a closer look at the Keen Home Smart Vent. This product was created by three college friend entrepreneurs out of the need to try and reduce heating and cooling energy costs. The Smart Vent System from Keen Home aims improve both the cost-effectiveness and the performance of your forced-air HVAC system. Once installed, the sensor-equipped vents communicate with one another and automatically adjust their louvers to prevent temperature from reaching extremes and to ensure delivery of hot or cool air to the rooms that need it most. The Keen Home Smart Vent will be available July 2017 and is expected to retail for $84.99 – $109.99 directly from Keen Home.
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