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So you want to make your home “smart,” but you’re not quite sure what to get or even where to start. Many smart home devices are all about the convenience: They will make your life a little more comfortable or save you time on a regular basis. The most popular categories in the smart home now include kitchen appliances, cameras, doorbells, lighting, networking, security systems, speakers, and thermostats.

There are many new smart home gadgets out on the market, but you want to make sure they are compatible with what you want to do and work with the equipment you already have in the home. If you are ready to make your home run smoothly with just a touch of your phone, then check out the following products to make your Berlin, Maryland, home both smart and convenient.

Voice Assistant

Voice assistants are a popular feature in smart homes, especially since three major technology giants have each released their own version. There is the Amazon Alexa, the Google Home, and the Apple Home Kit. They all have their pros and cons, so make sure you do your research on which voice assistant works best with your home and your needs. 

The Alexa is far more compatible with smart home devices, while Google Home is more organized and easier to use from your phone. If you’re an Android user, note that the Apple Home Kit will only work with Apple products. However, it’s also very useful when creating your smart home.

Home Security

Wireless Wi-Fi cameras offer more than just home security. Adding video gives you the ability to track what is happening in and around your home, whether you are on or off your property. If the cameras detect unauthorized motion, you will receive smartphone notifications to become aware of the situation. Being able to look at your smartphone to see live footage of your pets, children, or even the babysitter when you’re gone is impressive. You can also receive a smartphone alert every time your kids arrive home from school or your partner returns from work.

Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats can offer automation and control over your home’s temperature and climate like never before. The smart thermostat will help with your home’s temperature while you come and go. No more forgetting to turn the heater or air conditioner off; your smart thermostat can detect when it is time to turn on or off. Having a professional install a smart thermostat to manage to your home’s climate automatically could save you a bundle, whether you’re experiencing chilly winters or humid summers in Berlin.

Smart Home Hub

The Hub is a centralized method to control most of the gadgets. Easily connect all your devices to the cloud and an app that acts as a universal remote. Then you can automate your gadgets to create the perfect smart home. For example, when you unlock your door, your lights come on, or when the house reaches a specific temperature, you can set it up to turn on the heat or the fan automatically.

Smart Bulbs

You can control your home lights by your smartphone. While smart bulbs may cost more than other LEDs, they offer high-tech features that regular light bulbs cannot provide. These features include the ability to change colors, play music, and even provide built-in security cameras.

Smart Plugs

A smart plug allows you to make any device “smart.” It will connect to your smartphone through an app that allows you to turn the device on and off. With a smart plugin, you can control your coffee maker, the crockpot, and even the floor fan.

Everything in your home can be connected to the internet and remotely controlled by a mobile device or a smart speaker. Different accessories only work with specific products, and some work better than others. Therefore, it’s best to let someone who knows how to set up smart homes do the job for you. If you’re interested in setting up smart products such as thermostats or home security in your home, call Griffith Energy Services at 888-474-3391 to walk you through ideas on how to make your Berlin, Maryland, home “smart.”

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