While it may seem like science fiction, smart home technology, or home automation, is becoming increasingly advanced. If you aren’t sure what it is, it’s simply automating the ability to control things around the house. Basically, all or nearly all your devices, connect to the Internet. That not only includes smartphones and laptops but lights, doorbells and locks, cameras, hot water heaters, appliances, blinds and more.
According to Digitized House, the majority of millennials, 58%, say they already have smart home devices, and 81% of homebuyers noted they’d choose a home with smart accessories already installed over a similar home that doesn’t.
So, what are the latest advances in the technology you really need to know about if you hope to create the ultimate smart home?
Smart Door Locks
Smart locks that replace or supplement the deadbolt on your front door deadbolt can do a whole lot more than unlock and lock without using a key. A smart door lock comes with Wi-Fi or unlocks Bluetooth, you can set it to get alerts, tracking just who is entering and leaving your home. You can program them to give digital “keys” to family members, guests and others who require special access, as well as use it to unlock and unlock the door remotely when you’re not at home.
The latest smart lighting options are easier than ever to install. You’re now able to set various modes in the home, like sleeping, entertaining, cleaning and more, by voice. The smart bulbs in the line by GE lighting eliminate the need for an extra hub, operating through Google Assistant. You just screw in a bulb and wait for it to appear in the Google Home app. Once there, you’ll use your voice to control all the lights in your home.
Smart Air Purification Systems
Smart home tech now includes an all-in-one air purification system so you and your family can breathe cleaner air. Aura Air works by monitor the air in your house for things like allergens, volatile organic compounds and smoke. It then uses an advanced purification process to eliminate them. It will also alert you if there is a serious problem like carbon monoxide via an onboard voice assistant and tell you how to correct the issue.
You can now see and speak with whoever comes to your door, wherever you happen to be thanks to video doorbells. The latest doorbell video technology comes with SkyBell HD, which delivers highly detailed video that includes color night vision. It has the ability to capture several seconds of footage before an event is triggered and it integrates with a variety of third-party home devices.
Automatic garage door openers have been around for years, but Amazon has taken that to a whole new level with something called Key for Garage for in-garage delivery. The company already offers in-home delivery, but many people simply aren’t comfortable with a delivery person coming into their home. With this option, you install the device on your garage door opener that allows them to access your garage for deliveries, so they don’t have to leave it sitting vulnerable for thieves on the porch or enter your home. You’ll be notified throughout the delivery process too.