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Best Smart Home Devices

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

image of several different smart home devices that can aid in the daily life of homeowners Smart home devices tackle more serious tasks like home security. Before purchasing a device, you should look at the reviews and capabilities.

In 2020, the smart home systems are more impressive and expansive than ever. Alexa can add items to your shopping list, you can turn off the lights in your kitchen while you are in the living room, and have a robot vacuum your floors while you are at work.

Although many of those tasks are very convenient, smart home devices can tackle more serious tasks such as home security. Before purchasing a smart home device, you should research the reviews and integrations. Integrations will tell you how many products you can connect your device to and use in conjunction.

For example, Amazon Alexa will connect to smart thermostats like Nest of Ecobee4 and then you will be able to control the thermostat from any room in the house by speaking to Alexa. Alexa can also close your garage door and lock your doors for you when you leave the house. This eliminates the guessing game of “did I close the garage door?”

Phillips Hue lightbulbs allow you to control both the intensity and color of the light. You can create specific color coordinated moods and color coordinated alarms to ensure you can wake up a bright pink bedroom every morning if that is your wish.

As mentioned before, Ecobee4 is a smart thermostat that enables you to control air temperature with voice commands and has its own Amazon speaker. You can control the room you are in, not just the room it is installed in.

Lastly, Netgear Arlo Q is a useful tool for home security. It records high quality video when you are not home and can even produce clear images of people in pitch black darkness. You can set it to record at specific times and offers seven days of video and audio backup for free.

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