Technology continues to advance at breakneck speed, but is your home feeling the benefits? Make 2023 the year of smart home upgrades that could help make life more efficient, safe, and comfortable. Here are a few ideas to consider.
- Smart light bulbs
Smart lighting turns on automatically when a door is opened or upon entering a room. Smart lights can also be paired with voice assistants like Alexa for voice control. You could also see savings in monthly energy costs by letting lights automatically turn off in an empty room.
When you’re ready to leave for vacation, set the lights to turn on in the evening to make it look like you’re home.
Browse smart light bulbs from Philips, Wyze, Sengled, and Ring.
- Smart thermostats
Smart thermostats learn your temperature preferences and automatically adjust to enhance comfort, while lowering energy costs. Smart thermostats typically require professional installation. They cost more upfront but will quickly pay for themselves in energy savings.
A few brands offering smart thermostats include Ecobee, Nest, Wyze, and Honeywell.
- Smart outlet
Lamps, TVs, and other electronic devices can be automatically turned on with the help of a smart outlet. Program a single lamp to turn on rather than all of the overhead lights using an app or voice assistant like Alexa or HomeKit. Many smart plugs are also capable of monitoring usage and tracking energy consumption using kilowatt-hours. If you’re away from home and suddenly realized you forgot to turn off a device or light, simply use an app to remotely turn it off.
When shopping for a smart outlet, consider where the plug will be placed to ensure you have enough room behind furniture and in cramped spaces. Smart outlets are available for indoor and outdoor use.
Kasa Smart offers many smart outlets to choose from.
- Motion sensor security light
Outdoor lighting not only improves the aesthetic of the home, but can also be equipped with security features to protect your loved ones. Motion sensor lighting may act as a deterrent for intruders and can be placed near patio doors, backdoors, garages, and front doors.
Brands like LEPOWER, Amico, UME, and JJC offer highly rated motion sensor lighting that could enhance your home.
If you have any questions or need assistance with installation, contact Tucker Hill to schedule an appointment.