Smart buys in smart home technology

Posted on Dec 21 2023 in Heartland REMC
Garrett Keiser
Energy Advisor

In an increasingly tech-savvy world, the realm of smart home technology continues to expand and evolve. From our personal gadgets like phones and smartwatches to household appliances such as refrigerators and laundry sets, the integration of Wi-Fi capabilities has become a trend.

With the abundance of choices, it can be challenging for consumers to identify which smart home products can truly enhance their lives. Let’s explore three smart home purchases that offer significant value through internet connectivity and smartphone app compatibility.

1. Home security systems: A cutting-edge home security system is often one of the first smart home purchases people make. These systems seamlessly connect to your home’s internet infrastructure. Homeowners can then set up a variety of features, including cameras, motion detectors, carbon monoxide/smoke detectors, and even water sensors.

With these smart devices in place, homeowners can stay informed about activities within their homes, regardless of where they are. The accompanying smartphone app provides real-time access to vital information, helping you keep an eye on your property’s security. Several companies offer similar products and services, and there is a wealth of choices on the market. Be sure to do your research to identify the one that aligns best with your needs.

2. Smart thermostats: As we’ve mentioned in multiple past articles, smart thermostats are another very common smart home upgrade. These devices deliver an array of benefits when connected to the internet.

Imagine being able to monitor and control your home’s HVAC system from your smartphone, providing peace of mind while you’re away from home. Most smart thermostats also offer scheduling capabilities, allowing you to set preferences for different times, such as when you’re at home, sleeping, or on vacation. Furthermore, these smart systems can notify you of any potential issues before they become noticeable, ensuring your home’s comfort, and optimizing your energy efficiency.

Each brand of smart thermostat offers unique functions and capabilities, so it’s wise to consult with your HVAC provider to find the ideal fit for your system.

3. Smart power strips: The third recommendation on our list is the unassuming yet highly functional smart power strip. Though these devices resemble traditional power strips, they provide significantly more value. Smart power strips can connect to voice-activated platforms like Alexa or Google Home, enabling you to control them using voice commands within your home.

Even when you’re away from home, certain smart strips allow you to set up built-in timers for each plug. You’ll also be able to remotely turn each outlet on and off through your smartphone. Most smart power strips also come equipped with surge protection to safeguard your valuable electronics.

If you have questions about smart home devices or require assistance with any energy-related questions at your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Garrett Keiser, your Heartland REMC energy advisor. Your comfort and energy efficiency are our top priorities, and we’re here to help you make the most of smart technology for your home.

Guidance from Garrettyour energy guruGARRETT KEISER is the certified energy advisor at Heartland REMC