Easy Ways for Any Prosumer to Upgrade Their Home to a Smart Home

Easy Ways for Any Prosumer to Upgrade Their Home to a Smart Home

It can seem like every day there is a new gadget being released or a new take on an old appliance, like a toaster which you can control with your phone or a coffee machine that knows when you are waking up and prepares to brew your coffee.

And while most people assume that these devices are priced too high to be accessible, the majority of these items are very affordable. If you love the idea of putting more tech into your home, below are some great cost effective ways to do it.


Intelligent Lighting

Upgrading your lighting to a smart lighting system is one of the easiest and rewarding tasks you can undertake when it comes to adding tech into your house. By simply buying a starter kit which includes a varying number of bulbs to use, you simply replace the bulbs in your current home with the ones in the pack.

A simple setup procedure of around five minutes will see you controlling each of your lights with your phone, either individually or as part of groups which you create. Once you have this arranged, help your family members to install the app required on their mobile device so they too can enjoy the benefits of smart lighting.


Smart Locks

Do you love it how you open a hotel room key with a card or even with a special PIN that they provide? Do you wish that you could have similar technology in your home? The good news is that you can, and without spending a lot of money. Warehouse stores like Costco and Home Depot have a range of affordable smart locks which you can install yourself without the need for fancy tools or a professional.

With these installed, you can control access to your home from anywhere you have internet access. It also allows you to create temporary digital keys which you can provide to guests or family members to enter your home during set times of the day and the week. For example, if your cleaner was using a smartwatch from the Groupon Coupons page for Fossil, you could give them access to your home during a set period of time during the week without concerning yourself that there is a spare set of keys sitting at somebody else’s house. Completely digitally. Your cleaner simply touches their smartwatch to your door and it opens.


Robot Vacuum

We know that you have probably heard of these before and maybe even seen them in action. However, the reason why they are on this list is because they are remarkably cheaper than you remember them to be. While the first models which came out were very expensive, advances in technology has seen the price reduce drastically, making these handy gadgets affordable to more people.

If you aren’t familiar with the idea, a robot vacuum is a small disc shaped device which makes it way around your home and removes dirt from your floors. Depending on the type of model you buy, once it is done, it simply returns to its home base-station and recharges while it waits for you to return home and empty it.

Your home is a great place to introduce technology and these are three great and cost effective ways in which you can do just that!

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