The Top 3 Most Useful Smart Home Devices
The Top 3 Most-Useful Smart Home Devices
What is a “Smart Home”?
What better way to welcome in the new year than to review the top 3 coolest “smart” gadgets to date, made specifically to make your at-home life simpler. Home automation is the way of the future; Solar Negotiators has recently partnered with Flex, a company that brings solar power and home automation together to maximize your energy savings. Its ability to sync just about any of your home appliances to your mobile device is saving us big in terms of accessibility and convenience – and let’s face it, who couldn’t use more of that in their lives? Let’s look at some of the top-rated smart-home devices and what they can do for you.
#1 Amazon Echo
If you haven’t already heard of “Alexa”, the recognizable voice of the Amazon Echo product, she is changing up the way technology is being used nowadays. Voice control isn’t anything new to smartphone and windows users. However, the difference lies within the product’s third party integration. Amazon is the current front runner in the AI software industry. What sets this product apart from other voice control devices, is its ability to perform entirely without the use of a screen. Alexa is also the baseline when it comes to most home-automation systems, making turning off lights, thermostats, security systems, etc. as a one word voice command.
#2 TP-Link Smart Plug
Since Amazon’s Echo w/ Alexa voice control is one of the only products of its kind, it makes sense that nearly all smart-home devices are compatible with it. This Smart Plug allows you to sync any devices plugged into the outlet with your phone and/or Alexa voice command. There is a simple, 4-step process that allows you to sync your new smart plug outlets first with your phone using the Kasa app, and then finally with your Echo device. Finally, you can turn off that pesky lamp across the room without actually having to get out of bed before you turn in for the night!
#3 Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Thermostat has been around for a few years, but this model is third of its kind and offers some unique and useful traits. This little gem uses tracking to learn your lifestlye patterns and adjust itself accordingly. This can potentially save you loads on energy consumption and the hassle of constantly fidgeting with your thermostat.
After only one week of use, Nest can adapt to your preferences and program itself to follow your schedule. For instance, if you leave for work every morning at 7:45 am, it will turn off heating/cooling once you step out the door and adjust to your preferred temperature when you’re on your way home. If you ever feel the need to adjust the temperature yourself you are able to do so either from your mobile device using the app, or using Alexa voice control.
Is it Worth the Cost?
Think these devices are an unnecessary waste of money to save time and energy? Think again, those two things dictate how we spend each waking moment. Home automation is knowing you can control your home at the touch of a button from work, using voice control to turn off the dryer from the kitchen, or having the temperature of your home comfortably adjusted before you even step in the door at the end of a long day. Convenience can make all the difference in our daily lives, and every new advancement in technology allows for us to get one step closer to living at ease in a chaotic world. If you are interested in any of the above products and you already own solar, please contact us to review your options for home automation with Flex.