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  • These Smart Home Devices Are Easy To Use & Affordable

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018   /   by Trish Ford

    These Smart Home Devices Are Easy To Use & Affordable

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    Are you a homeowner or are you thinking of buying a home? If so, have you ever given thought to living in a smart home?

    Smart Homes Are the Way of the Future

    The smart home market has certainly made its way into the mainstream. Everything from our doorbells to our refrigerators have become smart!

    A 2017 study conducted by S&P Global suggests that by 2021 almost 30% of homes in the United States will be considered smart homes.

    How Do I Turn My Home Into a Smart Home?

    There are many ways of utilizing smart devices in your home, and it's really not as daunting as you may think.

    If you're considering investing in multiple smart devices, it is a good idea to pick one manufacturer and stick with them. This will ensure that your devices will work together seamlessly.

    Google and Amazon are leaders of the pack in smart home technology, and both have a wide array of devices that you can integrate into your home.

    If you're not concerned with cross-compatibility, then there are certainly plenty of choices in the smart home game.

    Ideas for Your Smart Home

    Doorbell Cameras

    Doorbell camera footage has become a common thing to see in our social media feeds.

    Whether they're catching package thieves or capturing some of the wacky things going on in your neighborhood, a doorbell camera is a great way to keep an eye on the things that are happening outside your front door.

    Most doorbell cameras come with the ability to check your camera from anywhere via a mobile app, and many of them come equipped with two-way speakers so you can "answer" your door remotely.

    Two popular doorbell cameras are the Ring doorbell (starting at $99) and the Nest Hello (starting at $229).

    Smart Fire Alarms

    Yes, even our fire alarms have gotten a smart upgrade. These new and improved fire alarms offer additional safety measures and the chance for faster response times.

    Smart fire alarms can be managed with an app on your phone, which offers you extra peace of mind should something happen while you're away. If smoke or carbon monoxide is detected, a smart fire alarm will send a notification to your phone.

    Some smart alarms can even be configured to contact emergency services for you. This is particularly helpful if you have pets at home that may need to be rescued.

    Two popular smart fire alarms are First Alert OneLink ($249) and Nest Protect (starting at $119).

    Smart Speakers

    We're all familiar with the prompts:

    "Hey Alexa"

    "Hey Siri"

    "Hey Google"

    By now most of us have smart speakers built right into our phones. We can use our assistants to check the weather, add an event to our calendar, lookup a random fact, play music...there are more possibilities than can be named.

    So why should we get an additional smart speaker for our homes?

    Our phone's smart commands require the phone being unlocked. What happens if you're elbows deep in a meatloaf or if you're all bundled up on the couch and your phone is in another room?

    That's where a smart speaker becomes practical. It not only responds to your command promptly, it also broadcasts on a much louder speaker than what's on your phone.

    With a smart home speaker you can lookup measurement conversions while you're cooking without having to stop and retrieve your phone. Or you can set a timer for your kids to assist them with brushing their teeth.

    Two popular smart speakers are the Google Home (starting at $129) or Amazon Echo (starting at $99).

    Smart Homes Come in All Shapes & Sizes

    There are many ways to incorporate smart technology into your home. What are some of the ways that you use smart home devices?