From security software to efficiency apps, there are many new technologies and devices to help run your home smoothly.
Some allow you to be more hands-on. Devices such as programmable thermostats, for example, allow you to change the temperature in your home throughout the day according to a schedule you set up.
Others are even smarter. They can actually learn your behaviors and act on them automatically. A smart thermostat—once it’s up to speed on your heating and cooling habits—will set a climate-control schedule without needing to be programmed by you.
Given the array of options available, buying smart devices and choosing a smart home internet plan can also be confusing. But upgrading your home doesn’t have to be rocket science if you know what you’re looking to achieve and the kind of device you need.
Decide what type of experience you want
Before starting your research, think about what you want from your smart home device. For example:
Decide what type of tech you want
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of smart home options to choose from: assistants and devices.
Assistants are connected to the internet and perform searches on everything from the weather to how long it takes to roast a chicken; they can also communicate with other devices. The most widely used are from Apple, Amazon, and Google.
Devices help with everything from setting your morning alarm to starting your shower at the right temperature. Because their tasks are so varied, you’ll want to have a very clear idea of what you’re looking for before going shopping.
When choosing an assistant, here are some things to consider:
If it’s a device you’re looking for, consider these:
Focus on your device’s security
Once you’ve got your device up and running, make sure you know—and follow—a few ground rules to keep your smart home network secure:
While smart home technology is exciting, the number of devices in the marketplace can be overwhelming. Figuring out which one is right for you, your home, and your existing devices is no small task.
By being careful with and conscious of the devices that you bring into your home, you can ensure a safe and connected world—and an upgrade for what you call home.