If you’re looking for a way to get your home connected with smart devices, you’re in luck. There are plenty of awesome, useful items you can buy to get your home on the grid and being controlled by app or mobile device. This means you can control anything from your lights and TV to your thermostat with the press of a button. Eager to get started? These simple picks should get you together.
The Ring video doorbell makes it easy to see who’s coming and going at any given time, so you never have to wonder about who’s trying to enter again. It syncs to Alexa to so you can be notified as soon as your doorbell is pressed or motion is detected. Then, using your Echo Show or Echo Sport device, you can see and communicate with visitors.
Consider the Echo Show something of your “hub” that you’ll use to control all of your smart devices. It comes with Alexa support as well as a screen and speakers so you can check your Ring doorbell, tell Alexa to turn your TV on and off, and even shop Amazon. It’s a great base system to use with the other smart home items on your list, and should definitely be considered as part of your smarthome transformation.
Take control of your home’s heating and cooling solutions with this smart thermostat. You can connect to it via wi-fi to set your home thermostat’s temperature from your phone, tablet, laptop, or Alexa-enabled devices. Over time it will deduce what temperature you like to set your home at and will make changes accordingly. You can also schedule it on your own. That way you don’t have to get out of bed on a cold morning to go set it.
These Philips Hue bulbs connect to wi-fi so you can start controlling the lighting and ambience of your home by just a simple voice command. No more having to stumble around in the dark to find a switch – you can call out to your smart home hub and have the lights simply power up and change to whatever color you’d like. Need some fun mood lighting? You can get it with these bad boys. How about a light show? They’re capable of doing that, too! They’re very flexible, easy to use, and affordable as well.