The market for smart home devices has exploded in recent years. Nowadays, you will find devices available in just about every category. From smart plugs to smart lights and even smart appliances, you can find connected options of seemingly anything. However, there are specific products that can be considered smart home essentials. We will go over some of the most popular.
If you are going to be investing in smart devices, you will want a centralized hub. Having a centralized hub can allow you to seamlessly control the various smart compatible devices in your home with a single application.
For instance, a Samsung SmartThings hub is a device that will integrate seamlessly with other smart devices scattered throughout your home. You will also find other devices that can integrate into your smart home and act as a smart hub. Without a hub to act as a bridge, you will find it difficult to integrate all of your devices with one another in a seamless fashion.
If you are going to be taking advantage of smart technology and devices, you will want to go all-in on smart speakers. Having a smart home without smart speakers will really make things less accessible. By having a smart speaker with an artificial intelligence assistant, you will be able to give voice commands and get things done by only using your voice.
For instance, with Amazon Echo speakers, you can have Alexa control the majority of the smart-enabled devices in your home with the sound of your voice. Likewise, you can do the same with Google Assistant-enabled speakers. Having a smart speaker is a must-have for anyone that is building out a smart home.
Smart plugs can be a game-changer for those that are looking to get their entire home connected. After all, there are plenty of ‘dumb’ devices you have sitting around the home that you won’t have connected.
With a smart plug, you can turn those ‘dumb’ devices into ‘smart’ devices by simply installing and connecting them. These devices can include but are not limited to a traditional coffee maker, a switch-based lamp, and more. With these devices, you can have them ‘turn on’ or ‘turn off’ with a single voice command or through a mobile application.
When building out a smart home, one of the very first investments you should be making is in a smart thermostat. It is one of the connected devices that can help you save the most.
With a smart thermostat, you will be able to have your thermostat learn your behaviors and patterns to make your home cool and heat much more efficiently. You can also have it remotely change the temperature in your home directly from your mobile device.
In the end, there are various different smart home essentials that you should be looking into. However, only a few should be deemed truly essential. The devices above are those that every smart homeowner should have.