There is a common myth that adopting a smart home technology at home can be an expensive project. But even with a limited budget, you can afford to smarten many aspects of the house to not only control the appliances at your fingertips, but can also secure your house from accidental fires apart from enhancing your quality of life. Smart home technology helps you in saving not only energy, but it also lets you save financially in the long run.
Google Home Mini
This is one smart gadget that is priced in the range of $50. Apart from just the voice-controlled google search, it offers many other smart functionalities. You can get traffic and weather updates before moving out, get meeting reminders and alarms, listen to audiobooks, play music and stream your favorite web series or movies and do much more with your voice. Moreover, you can easily integrate Google Home Mini with your Android as well as iOS-based smartphones. Available in four different color variants, this smart gear from Google is definitely going to add a layer of comfort to your life.
Hue Smart Lighting
You can switch on and off or dim the these Philips hue lights by giving them voice commands. These smart lights come with a budget price tag and you can add as many as to your existing smart lighting network. For pairing, you do need to buy a Philips Hue Hub and control the lighting through the Philips Hue App. The Philips Hue Smart bulbs are compatible to use with Alexa, Google assistant, and Apple Homekit.
The smart plugs assist you to control the appliances or devices through an app. Available at a reasonable price, you can insert these smart plugs in normal power sockets and then control the fans, lighting, etc. remotely through the app. For an example, you can buy an Amazon smart plug along with Alexa device to give voice commands to schedule the on/off and control the appliances remotely.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Do you want to cut down your AC and heating bills? A nest thermostat is there to save energy in your home. It comes with a high resolution, bright screen that can be read far across the house. This smart thermostat is available in four color themes that include copper, black, white and stainless steel to match your home décor. It is called learning thermostat since it learns your habits over time and automatically sets the temperature thus saving your money and time. It easily blends with Google Home and Alexa and you can also control it through Android and iOS smartphones.
A smart lock allows you a keyless entry to your house. It works with your existing deadlock and with a simple DIY installation, you can secure your home like never before. No more fear of losing keys or handing over the keys to guests since you can grant the key codes to anyone for a specified time period like for a day, a week or a month. All this is possible with a bundled app named “August”. Furthermore, the smart locks work seamlessly with Alexa voice commands. All you need is to buy an Alexa device and a hub.
You can buy a pair of smart speakers at a budget price of fifty dollars. Alexa Echo dot is one example which can be voice controlled to stream the music from Spotify, Amazon music, Sirius XM, Apple music and Amazon music stores. Apart from listening to music from Alexa speakers, you can also use them to control other devices like a thermostat, lights, lock doors and much more through voice commands.
Smart Doorbell Cameras
With smart doorbells, you can talk to your visitors from anywhere using your smartphone or a PC. You get alerts right on your phone whenever any motion is detected at the home door. You can even set the alarms to ring whenever the security of your home is breached or you can also activate the siren manually if you notice some unusual activity. The smart video doorbells are compatible with Alexa devices to hear or send voice commands to it.
Get Smart Home Gear
Now you have seen that even with a limited budget, you can turn your home into a smart-home by deploying some basic smart assistants. Even a novice can do the DIY installation and with little money, you can smarten your lifestyle. So buy smart and Be Smart.