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5 Top Smart Devices for Your Home

Published on: November 22, 2015

As a tech lover, you’ve probably considered introducing a smart device or two into your Hilton Head home. If so, you’re probaby wondering where to start. From heating and cooling to lights and locks, you can control just about everything from your smartphone with the latest technology. Here are five smart devices that will help your home run much more smoothly.

Smart Thermostat

Installing a smart thermostat is a great way to get your smart home endeavors off on the right foot. These devices not only allow you to maintain a comfortable temperature while you’re at home, but they also help you save energy when no one’s around. Simply set the thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer or a few degrees lower in the winter, and you’ll save on energy costs.

Since smart thermostats rely on Wi-Fi connections, they can monitor the local weather forecast and adjust settings accordingly. You can also log in to your device from anywhere in the world to double-check energy use and change settings if necessary.

Smart Humidity Monitor

Your home’s HVAC system can manage moisture levels in most situations, but when you’re living in a particularly humid area like Hilton Head, sometimes that isn’t enough. A smart humidity monitor works as an add-on for your smart thermostat and ensures that your home’s indoor air quality stays healthy for both your family and your belongings.

Excess humidity can trigger allergy attacks, and it can also affect sensitive items like electronics, musical instruments, and artwork. Place a smart humidity monitor in any room of your home to ensure that moisture levels don’t climb too high or drop too low. If they do, the device can connect with the smart thermostat to start your home’s HVAC system, along with the humidifier or dehumidifier.

Smart Locks

If you’re prone to forgetting your keys, locking yourself out, or losing your keys at the most inopportune moments, smart locks might be a solid investment. With smart locks, you no longer have to worry about keys, but you do have to keep your smartphone at the ready. To lock or unlock the door to your home, simply log in to the device’s app and use your smartphone to open or close the door. Can’t remember whether you locked the door when you left the house earlier? Simply log in to the app to double-check that your home is secure.

Some smart lock systems even integrate with your smart thermostat. If you haven’t already set your HVAC system to cool or heat your home before you return, unlocking the door will trigger your thermostat to turn on the HVAC system.

Smart Garage Door

Similar to smart locks, a smart garage door makes securing your home a breeze. Whether you invest in a whole new system or purchase a smart add-on for your existing garage door, you’ll never have to fumble with an old-fashioned garage door opener again. Just use the smartphone app to open or close the garage door from inside the house, the foot of the driveway, or across town at work.

Many smart garage door systems even allow you to establish multiple users. With this feature, it’s easy to give babysitters, contractors, and housesitters one-time or regular access to your home without compromising security.

Smart Lights

Whether you want to turn lights on before you return home in the evening or turn them off when you go to bed at night, smart lights make the process much easier. Like other smart devices, smart lights also help you save energy and utility costs by allowing you to program a lighting scheme ahead of time or make sure lights aren’t on when no one’s around.

If you want to add a little more pizzazz to your house, consider smart light bulbs that allow for color changes. When you’re feeling like red, blue, or green instead of your usual lighting, your smart lights can help set the scene.

Want to know more about the latest smart thermostats? Call the South Carolina air conditioning experts at Mingledorffs: 843-271-6093