The Essential Home Automation Gadgets for the Tech-Savvy Homeowner
These five home automation gadgets are some of the best products to connect your home to the Internet of Things.
While stoves recently had their moment in the sun, the kitchen’s new star appliance is the refrigerator. The newest models are high on style and offer incredible options to make your life easier (and a little more fun). Take the GE Café Series, for example. This fridge takes the user experience to a new level by offering refrigeration and water management in one sleek system. In addition to offering WiFi enabled features connected with Amazon Alexa, this multi-tasker also can also make your morning coffee thanks to its built-in K-Cup brewing system. Talk about a well-rounded appliance!
According to Luxury Portfolio International, 61 percent of high-end home owners said that security is the most important technology to consider when buying a home. The best security systems, like Vivint SmartHome, go beyond simply securing your home. In addition to its sleek, state-of-the-art equipment, Vivint’s system also includes home automation capabilities and home energy management. Each system is professionally installed and includes a tailored security plan, mobile connectivity, and round-the-clock home monitoring.
While security systems are imperative to keeping your home safe from outside dangers, smart homeowners know that dangers inside the home are also apparent. We know how important items like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are to the safety of your family, but homeowners should also consider the potential dangers coming from common household items like older plumbing fixtures or central heating systems. The Samsung SmartThings Water Leak Sensor can give you piece of mind knowing that your home is safe from water leaks. In addition to alerting you when water is detected where it shouldn’t be, it also notifies you of excess water usage and monitors your sump pump to prevent flooding.
Smart homes are also taking their connectivity beyond the home’s exterior walls to include the garage. With the Smart Garage Door Opener from Chamberlain, you can monitor and control your garage door from anywhere using a tablet or phone. The opener connects directly to your home’s WiFi network and is operated through a downloadable app, in addition to Bluetooth garage door openers and internet-enabled smart home devices.
Having a connected home is imperative in today’s real estate market, which means smart homeowners must take that connectivity to the next level – the lawn. Smart watering systems like Skydrop, allow homeowners to monitor their water usage and make the difficult task of gardening a little bit simpler. Skydrop easily connects to your existing irrigation system and integrates with hundreds of smart home devices. It even checks local weather forecasts for real-time data to eliminate overwatering and can take into account the level of drought resistance in some Las Vegas yards.
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