What is Your Home’s IQ?

Smart technology seems to be all around us – on our phones, in our cars, at our children’s schools – but what about in our homes? New developments in smart home technology are available so you can rest easy knowing your home is fully connected. Read on for details on must-have smart home accessories that can be controlled using your mobile device.

Under Control

Energy bills can be a big concern throughout the fall and winter seasons, but mobile technology can help ease the pain of high heating costs. The Nest Home Thermostat allows you to adjust your home’s temperature from your tablet, smartphone or laptop, enabling you to regulate the temperature inside your house while you’re away from home. You can even let Nest do the work for you – it learns your temperature preferences and notices when you’re away, which keeps efficiency at an all-time high. More energy savings equals lower energy bills for you!

Adding Belkin’s WeMo Switch to your home electronics allows for effortless control of your lights, televisions, ceiling fans, etc. In a snap, you’ll be able to turn electronics on and off, even when you’re not home. Plus, the Belkin WeMo collection also monitors your energy consumption, device by device.

Safe and Secure

Keeping yourself, your family and your home safe can often seem like an overwhelming task, but innovations in home technology can help provide peace of mind. The Kwikset Kevo is a Bluetooth-enabled lock that allows your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to serve as an electronic house key – or “fob key.” Give friends and family a temporary electronic lock and allow them a one-time entry to your home. Don’t forget about children with a smartphone or tablet! The devices can be equipped with pre-programmed “fobs” for a safe and high-tech entry. Plus, you’re able to keep any uninvited guests out with multiple levels of encryption.

Add an additional layer of security to your home by turning your old mobile devices into a quick and affordable surveillance system. Apps like Presence and AtHome Camera turn your Wi-Fi devices into security cameras in just three easy steps. First, download the app onto both old and new devices, then set up the old device’s camera in an area you want to watch and monitor activity right from your smartphone or tablet. Bonus – if you have pets, you can check on them from your mobile device to monitor their cuteness, and of course, their activity!

Life of the Party

Entertainment technology is constantly changing and it’s now easier-than-ever to make your entertainment system the highlight of any gathering. If you’re hosting guests this holiday season, set the mood with colorful lighting from the Philips Friends of Hue Bloom Lamp. With more than 16-million light colors to choose from, you can add the perfect splash of color to furniture, wall art or ceilings for any occasion. Tip: If you’re having friends over to watch a sporting event, shine your team’s colors nice and bright with the lamp to continue the theme!

The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III is music’s perfect match with effortless syncing to your mobile device from up to 30 feet away. Chromecast completes your smart entertainment center by playing Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu and your personal videos and photos on your television, all controlled wirelessly from your mobile device.  

With these fun and useful wireless home gadgets, updating your home’s IQ is now easier than ever.