10 Ways to Make Your Home Smarter

> January 7, 2019

In today’s day and age, nearly everything can be controlled by technology; from turning the lights on and off in your home, to having the vacuum sweep up the floors while you sleep. A “Smart Home” is in, everyone is looking for ways to simplify their lives with these “smart” features. I mean, how easy is it just to tell Alexa to turn up the heat, or Hey google, dim the lights! 

The most popular categories in the smart home market right now are kitchen appliances, cameras, doorbells, lighting, security systems, speakers and thermostats. One of the first steps to take would be to dig into one of those, see what looks like a good fit for you and then check out if it works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit or Works with Nest.

It’s hard to say that any smart home gadget is smart enough to be essential, but if you have an appreciation for cool new technology there are devices out there that can help your day-to-day life. Give them a chance, and it might be hard to go back to the “old” way of living. 

Below you will find just a few of the Top Sellers on the market today! (In no particular order)

Nest Thermostat

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Has the ability to learn your habits after a week of training it, and it has a few pretty good Alexa integrations. You have control of temperatures in different zones, and you can ask Alexa what the temperature is in any thermostat-controlled room as well.

Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier 

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The fans can capture 99.95% of air particles as small as 0.1 microns, But new sensors on board will read air quality and show levels of pollutants via the on-device display. This is also accessible via “Alexa, ask Dyson for the indoor air quality” and you can start and stop Pure Cool as well, making it a fabulous option for Echo users.

IRobot Romba

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Since last year, all connected iRobot Roomba robot vacs - the Roomba 980, 960, 690 and 890, that is - can be controlled via Google Home and Assistant. It is as easy as saying “Hey google, start vacuuming!”


Nest Hello

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Nest has come out with a video doorbell and it comes complete with Google Assistant integration. If you purchase a Nest Aware subscription, you can set up Google Assistant to announce your visitors - even by their own names.

August Smart Lock

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This popular smart lock will allow you to not worry about your keys again by activating when your phone's Bluetooth signal is close. With Google Home and Google Assistant support, however, you'll simply be able to tell Google to lock or unlock your doors.And if you forget, you can ask Google, too. No need to walk back and check for yourself.


Philips Hue

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The Philips Hue system is claimed to be a crowd favorite for turning an ordinary room into one that can really fit any mood. The hub just needs to connect to Wi-Fi and then all the bulbs can be programmed to your heart's content via iPhone.

Nest Carbon Monoxide Detector

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Smart smoke/carbon detectors improve upon the standard detectors by sending clear warnings both from the device itself and to the smartphones of your family members or roommates. 


Ring Stick up Cam

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The new Ring Stick Up Cam comes in two options, an indoor 'Wired' model and an outdoor 'Battery' model. You'll need an Echo Show or Spot to get the most out of the Ring Cam, dishing out commands like, "Alexa, show me my Stick Up Cam" and, "Alexa, show me the latest event from my backyard".

Amazon Smart Plug

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You just plug in the Amazon Smart Plug and the Alexa app will seek and find it. It takes advantage of a new feature called Frustration Free Setup, which enables devices and your Alexa speaker to communicate and authenticate in around 30 seconds. 

Ring Video Door Bell

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It's easy to see and talk to whoever is at your door, and a ring at the bell will connect you live to the caller via your phone. But now, thanks to the Echo Show and Alexa integration, you can check to see who's calling before you answer the door. 


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