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Creating a Smart Home
Everything we do these days seems to be connected to the internet. This technology is now being integrated more and more into the home which got us thinking, how can you make your home a smart one?
Is setting up a smart home expensive?
There is no denying that setting up a smart home can be expensive at the start, especially when you need to invest in various bits of essential equipment. You may, for example, need some smart plugs that connect to an app, usually free to download, that allows you to control a piece of equipment from your phone.
The best smart plugs are around £24.99 each so depending on how many you need and want, you could face a hefty investment. We suggest taking a look at some of the more practical smart home solutions to begin with, continuing to expand as your budget allows.
The Smart Thermostat
Top of our list is the smart thermostat, a gadget that works just like the thermostat of old but with more controllability.
Starting from £100 upwards, once you have recouped the initial investment you may find that you do save money on your heating bills. This is because you have a finer level of control over the level of heat in your home.
For example, you can prevent the temperature of your home dropping below a level you have set but also limit the temperature too. This means you keep a pleasant ambient temperature without your boiler working hard to heat a cold home.
As well as controlling the heat in real time, you can also set routines for certain days, as well as receive a monthly report as to heat in your home, how you’ve used the system, suggestions for improving savings as well as receiving alerts when the temperature falls below a pre-set temperature.
Another great feature of a smart home is being able to control lighting but smart controllers do so much more than switching lights on and off. Invest in the right bulbs and you can change the colour, as well as dim and brighten the lights in a room as and when you want to.
You can use a range of features such as have key lights turn on when the sunsets, as well as setting lights to come on when a sensor tells the unit a door has opened, such as opening your porch door when you get home from work.
As well as some TP-Link plugs, you also need to invest in specialist bulbs, some of which can be £20 upwards.
From Alexa to Google, this small speaker device will respond to the instructions you give it, some of which can be to turn lights on and off and so on.
Some units start at £40 with some more complex units costing over £100. Just a gimmick? It seems not.
There are, of course, other ways to make your home smart and although you may not see the benefits of doing so, you’ll find that once you start to give your home a smart edge, you’ll find it difficult to stop!