If you’re unsure of how to start digitizing your home and don’t want to take a big leap, there are plenty of baby-steps to take in order to get used to smart home technology. With the Internet of Things (IoT) turning everyday household items into controllable, measurable, plugged-in devices, you can get personalized lighting in a few easy steps. Screw in your smart bulbs, plug in the bridge system, download the app and you’re ready to go! Customize the colour, pulsation, dimming, timing and more. You can even get cool strip lighting to place around a mirror, in your cabinets, around a window frame, etc.
Smart plugs are another easy way to take your home into the digital realm, and you can get them for as low as $25. Use them to monitor your energy use, turn lights on from a distance, create “If This, Then That” (IFTTT) recipes and more. Of course, functionalities will depend on the price, so it’s up to you to decide just how smart you want your home to be. Smart plugs with IFTTT functionality are pretty great for those of you constantly on the go, since you can get them to do more than one task for you at once.
Universal Smart Remotes
Robot vacuums have been making a splash for years, and with good reason. Who doesn’t want to come home to a clean house with little to no effort? Boasting better technology than ever before, the latest editions can get into the tightest corners with ease, and you can even control them with your phone so that your house is always clean by the time you walk in the door. They can be used on hardwood and on carpets, and some even come equipped with jet sprays to tackle stuck-on messes. While the best ones out there aren’t the cheapest things in the world, it’s still more economic than getting maid service for a year!