Find out how you can automate your home using the top tech for smart buildings
In recent years, smart home technology has worked its way into our daily lives. Whether it is a smart speaker in your kitchen or a smart plug so you can turn the lights off remotely—automated technology makes our daily lives that much easier.
The great thing about smart technology right now is that most applications are becoming less complicated to use and more affordable for the average homeowner. That means that home automation is no longer just for large commercial spaces and no longer requires expensive or invasive installation.
Since technology has become so accessible, there are more ways than ever to integrate smart home automation into your daily life. Today, we’re going to be exploring some of the hottest product types on the market that you can easily introduce into your at-home routine. We’ll be covering everything from automated lighting control systems, to kitchen appliances, and more! If you’re interested in learning more about how you can improve your life and your home using smart technology—keep reading!
Smart Building Technology for Your Living Room
Let’s find out how you can use smart building technology to make your living areas relaxed and versatile for entertaining
Smart tech makes your living spaces effortless and intuitive to use.
Your living room: it’s a place where you and your family gather to watch television, or it can be the center of the entertainment for your next party. No matter how you use your living room, several smart devices will elevate your common areas.
If you haven’t already invested in a smart speaker, now is the time to get with the program. A smart speaker is obviously a great option for easy music listening and other forms of entertainment, but it can also function as a hub for other devices in your living room. Just by using voice commands and by setting automations, you can use your smart speaker to control several other pieces of smart building technology inside your home. Just by using voice commands and a smart speaker, you can easily automate your living space for your next party or your next evening in.
If a smart speaker isn’t your thing, or if you want a device with more precise controls, then a smart display may be the perfect addition to your living room. A smart display has the same capabilities as a smart speaker, but with the added benefit of a touchscreen display. Using your smart display, you can access other devices in your home—like cameras or smart locks—and receive immediate updates. You can also integrate other home systems into your smart display if you’d like—like a thermostat, for example. That way, your display works as a central hub for as many automation features as you’d like.
Speaking of a smart thermostat, we definitely want to take a moment to highlight these helpful gadgets while we’re talking about your living room space. When you have a smart thermostat or integrate your smart thermostat into your smart living room display, you can gather more insight into your home environment than ever before. Using a smart thermostat you can pre-set different temperatures for different times of the day, discover ways that you can save money and energy, and use voice controls to adjust the temperature in your home. The money-saving capabilities associated with a smart thermostat cannot be understated. Smart thermostats can pinpoint areas for improvement and suggest ways that you can cut down on your monthly energy consumption.
Smart Light Bulbs
One of the easiest and lowest cost options for integrating smart building technology into your home is by using smart light bulbs. Smart light bulbs will only cost anywhere from $15 to $35 per bulb and can dramatically transform your home lighting. Using just your smartphone connected to WiFi, you can instantly create custom interior lighting landscapes. For too long we’ve been subjected to the same kind of interior lighting for all occasions. After all, there was no way to alter lighting profiles without actually changing the bulbs, installing dimmers, or changing the direction of the bulbs. Now with just a few taps on your smart device, you can set the mood however you like, whenever you like!
Smart Building Technology for Your Kitchen
Moving from the living room to the kitchen, there are even more ways that you can use smart building technology to automate your home
Making your favorite recipes is that much easier with home automation.
Cooking, cleaning, and other kitchen-related duties could always be easier, more intuitive, and optimized for your lifestyle. That’s why there are so many ways for you to fully automate your kitchen space using smart building technology. We’re discussing everything from kitchen appliances to smart trash cans! Let’s find out how these handy devices can make your kitchen duties more streamlined, efficient, and enjoyable.
If you are someone who loves the idea of having a central control panel for each room in your home, then there is a good chance that a smart countertop display is perfect for you. Much like a smart display in your living room, your countertop display functions to bring all of your automated kitchen appliances together in one space. You can easily set timers, adjust temperatures, and even look up new recipe ideas all from a singular “home base” countertop display. These displays are designed to fit seamlessly into your kitchen, no matter the size of your space or your decor.
Smart Kitchen Appliances
Since the kitchen is by far the room in your home with the most devices, there are too many appliances to individually showcase here. That’s why we’re discussing the highlights of each of these automatic kitchen appliances that can help make your next at-home dining experience a breeze. Let’s take a look at just a few ways that you can use these different smart kitchen appliances:
- Smart Refrigerator – Using your smart refrigerator you can automatically open and close the door with voice commands, take inventory of your food, and set grocery shopping reminders.
- Smart Oven – Smart ovens allow users to pre-set cooking timers and even watch a live stream of your food in the oven.
- Smart Microwave – A smart microwave remembers your specific reheating commands and can be remotely controlled from your smartphone.
- Smart Coffee Maker – Use voice command to tell your coffee maker when to turn on and set the brew strength.
- Smart Trash Can – When cooking gets messy, you can control your smart trash can to open and close automatically when your hands are full.
Using any combination of these automatic devices as a part of your home will make cooking and entertaining more convenient and enjoyable. But, what happens when it’s time to clean up? There are smart building technology applications for after dinner too!
Once you’ve finished cooking for the day, the last thing you likely feel like doing is sweeping the floor. That’s why we are recommending getting a vacuum robot as a part of your smart kitchen. Vacuum robots have been around for a while now, but they have only become more advanced and powerful in recent years. Nowadays, there are models optimized for maximum efficiency, pickup, and storage—plus the technology is a lot better at avoiding those tight corners. Over time, your vacuum will map your home and will be able to operate without disturbance. Using your smart display or smart speaker, you can set a time for your vacuum to do its job—or you can use voice commands to tell the vacuum when it’s time to clean up!
Smart Building Technology for Your Bedroom
If you are a light sleeper or have trouble relaxing at night, you may find relief in these smart building technologies
The right smart devices can get you the best sleep you’ve had in a long time.
While your kitchen and living room areas are for gathering with friends and family, your bedroom should be all about you. By trying out the latest in smart building technology, you can make your bedroom that much more comfortable after a long day.
Too often, people deal with temperature, mattress comfort, or lighting issues in the bedroom that can lead to less-than-ideal sleeping patterns. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can optimize your space using smart technology including smart air conditioners, lighting, and even baby accessories!
Smart Air Conditioner
Dealing with uncomfortable temperatures while you’re trying to get some sleep can be unbearable. We have all experienced late nights tossing and turning without getting comfortable enough to sleep properly. This is especially true in homes that do not have central air conditioning. With a smart air conditioner, you can preset how hot or cool you want your bedroom to be overnight before you go to sleep—meaning that you won’t be waking up in a sweat in the middle of the night. Should you need to adjust, you can always call out to an integrated smart speaker and alter the temperature without leaving the comfort of your bed.
Deciding to purchase a smart bed is a big one—smart beds are one of the most expensive smart accessories on the market right now. However, if you want to optimize your sleep you can definitely find use in the tracking feature that comes included with a smart bed. By accessing the application on your smart device, you can take a look at your sleep patterns and position and even make automatic adjustments to the firmness of the mattress.
A less expensive option to help you get a better night’s sleep is a smart lamp. Much like smart bulbs, you can control your smart lamp right from your smart device without making any physical adjustments. There are a few smart lamps currently on the market that offer some truly impressive customization features, including settings designed specifically to help you get to sleep. If you are someone who likes to fall asleep to music or ambient noise, your smart lamp can be set to react to the audio. So, if you like to fall asleep to rain sounds, your lamp can adjust to provide cool, gray lighting often associated with a passing storm.
Automatic Baby Monitor
This one is for all of the new parents out there! Taking care of a baby is a full-time job, which means it’s often difficult to get some much-needed shut-eye. One of the ways that you can get some peace of mind is by installing an automatic baby monitoring system. The system is installed in your baby’s crib and can monitor their sleep cycle and notify you when they’re awake. This gadget is perfect for parents who have a hard time getting sleep while their little one is in the other room.
Smart Building Technology for Your Yard
Now that we’ve explored smart building technology applications in the home, let’s go outside!
Automation makes our homes safer than ever before.
For the last stop on our journey through your automated home, let’s go outside and find out how smart building technology can enhance your outdoor space. There are lots of easy ways that you can integrate the in-home devices we’ve discussed and take advantage of automation options for your front and back yard.
Smart Security Camera
One of the best things that have come with smart building technology is home security. Smart security cameras are more affordable and easier to install than ever before. Previously, if you were interested in home security, you would have needed to hire a technician to install a whole home camera system. Thanks to accessible smart technology, smart security cameras are now relatively inexpensive and can be installed without a professional. In fact, many of these cameras are battery-powered, so all you have to do is choose your placement, connect to WiFi, and you’re ready to start monitoring the outside of your home.
In addition to your security camera, it is also a good idea to install a smart lock for that extra bit of automated home security. Using a smart lock, you can remotely lock and unlock your doors and get up-to-date information on when your door is being opened or closed. This is a perfect automatic solution for people who travel often and have house or pet sitters.
Smart Outdoor Outlet
For all other outdoor devices around your home, you’ll need a smart outdoor outlet. Using a smart outdoor outlet lets you control your outdoor devices like lights, water features, speakers, and any other devices right from your smart device. Instead of running inside and outside to control different devices for your home, you can easily control your outdoor devices via your smartphone. So, why not simplify your outdoor space with a smart outdoor outlet?
With so many different smart devices, the choices can become overwhelming. If you are just dipping your toes into the world of home automation, we suggest trying out just a few gadgets to start. You never know, when you get used to the ease and convenience of home automation, you may want to automate every part of your interior and exterior living spaces!