Have you ever seen the hit TV Series Humans? Do you remember seeing how the devices within the home operated and kept the house running when the main characters and their families were not at home?
Well, this image of science fiction is fast becoming a reality, with more people than ever choosing to update their homes with smart devices, turning them into smart homes. This can make life a lot easier for busy families, and all you need to do is plan which devices you want and which system you want to operate them through.
Here are 5 top tips on transforming your home into a smart home for you and your family.
1. Faster Internet
Start at the beginning; do you have a fast enough internet to turn your home into a smart home? The device you run the home off, like an Alexa or a Google Home, will need to be connected to the internet to carry out instructions. So, it may be worth doing some research into the internet speed that is needed for your smart home to work. This may mean that you will need to invest in high speed internet, but it will be worth it!
2. Smart Device
Which device is for you? An Alexa or a Google Home? While both offer the same functions and are constantly having more added on, the one you choose will impact what else you can have in your smart home. You will need smart devices that work with the AI system, so it may be worth exploring the prices of the smart features that you want to have in your home before choosing the key smart device.
3. Slower Is Better
It has been depicted in many comedies that a family tries to upgrade their home and becomes overwhelmed by the technology. Try to avoid turning your home into a smart home overnight, as you could very well struggle to adapt to all of the devices and how they work. You want your smart home to work for you, not the other way around, so make small changes gradually. Perhaps start by getting some smart lights installed? Gradual upgrades will also allow you to make the purchases that you want and will give you the time to identify which areas of your home you want to upgrade and which areas you don’t.
4. Set Security
If you have children, it is important to secure any smart devices you have in your home. This will prevent issues that have been seen recently in the media, such as children ordering from Amazon through their parents’ Alexa.
This will save you a lot of stress and, needless to say, a lot of money!
You will likely want your smart devices to be connected to your smartphone. So, you will need to ensure that your smartphone is compatible with any devices you intend to install. You will also need to make sure that you have all of the required apps for your smart home on your smartphone, as this will allow you to truly make the most of your new high-tech home.