Smart devices and smart homes are looking less like a passing fad and more like the future. Everything from thermostats to ovens are now available in ‘smart’ versions, allowing remote control, alerts, and assistance.
With so many options and a relatively new set of technology, it can be incredibly confusing and even intimidating to get started with smart technology.
Here is a quick rundown of cheap or easy devices to start with, and then an introduction to some more advanced home automation technology.
Devices to Start With
If you aren’t quite ready to talk with Home Automation Companies like http://digitalinteriors.co.uk, there are still plenty of smart devices you can start with, without needing an engineering degree or vast sums of money.
To begin, you can get a smart electricity and gas meter from your utility supplier for free in the UK, or start greening your home with solar panels from a variety of suppliers for no cost. These can save you some money or give you a bit of information, but you aren’t going to get a lot of automation out of them.
To start making your life easier, you can look at smart plugs and thermostats. Both can be controlled through phone apps, allowing you to turn your heating on or off at a distance, for instance when you leave the office, so your home is warm when you arrive, but you haven’t been heating for hours if you worked late.
Taking Things One Step Further With IFTTT
Once you have a device or two, you may not want to control everything manually anymore, so you can start automating with a free framework called IFTTT, or ‘If This Then That’.
IFTTT lets you set up simple relationships between your smart devices, from your car to your home security system, to heating and appliance power. As an example, you could have your security system automatically lock your doors and turn on your home security when you turned your car on, or turn your lights and entertainment system on when you unlock your door.
Home automation technology is still very much in its infancy, but already you can use relatively inexpensive devices to save yourself money, automate simple tasks, and make your life a little bit more comfortable in general. Make no mistake, home automation will only improve.