How Do I Make My Dumb Home Smarter?

We get asked all the time about easy ways to smarten up a household, and change is easier than you might think! Just keep in mind that most of the technology for sale out there is complex and not necessarily dependable. Consider partnering with a home technology professional before beginning your shiny object buying spree. But, if you’re looking for a quick “glow-up,” here are some ways to make your dumb home smarter:

1. Smart Speakers

Adding a smart speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Home to your home can instantly make it smarter. These speakers come equipped with voice-controlled virtual assistants that can perform a variety of tasks such as playing music, setting reminders, answering questions, controlling smart home devices, and much more.

2. Smart Lighting

Installing smart light bulbs like Philips Hue or LIFX can allow you to control the lighting in your home from your smartphone or smart speaker. This can also be done with voice commands, making it convenient for you to turn lights on or off without having to physically touch a switch.

3. Smart Thermostats

Investing in a smart thermostat like Nest or Ecobee can help you save money on your energy bill and make your home more comfortable. These thermostats can learn your preferred temperature settings and automatically adjust to them, and can also be controlled from anywhere with your smartphone.

4. Smart Plugs

Adding smart plugs to your home is an easy way to turn any device into a smart device. These plugs can be controlled with a smartphone or voice commands, allowing you to turn on or off devices such as lamps, fans, and more without having to physically touch the switch.

5. Smart Security Systems

Installing a smart security system from can help keep your home safe and secure. These systems can alert you of any activity in your home, such as motion detection or door/window opening, and can be accessed remotely through a smartphone app. You can also receive real-time alerts, watch live footage, and control the system from anywhere.

By incorporating these five easy ways, you can quickly and easily make turn your home into a smart home, increasing convenience and security, and making your life easier.

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