There are times when you might feel too tired to get off the sofa and turn on the heating, or wish you could have the lights on and the perfect temperature ready when you get home. If you often feel this way, you’re the most ideal candidate for installing smart gadgets in your home. Thanks to advances in technology, there are a growing range of smart home devices available that can transform the way you operate appliances in your home.
A smart thermostat will let you turn it on before you enter your home, whilst smart speakers can turn on music when you speak to it and a smart camera will warn you if there’s an intruder in your home.
With the inventions of smart gadgets like smart thermostats and smart ACs, home air conditioning and heating have become much easier to operate, wherever you are. Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Hive Home and Amazon Echo are just a few of the trailblazers. Here are some of the top smart home gadgets that you should try installing in your home.
#1: Amazon Echo
The outward look of this will feel like a tube of Pringles but this will actually be your very own virtual assistant which can be controlled by voice. Alexa is its name. You just have to call out and say, “Alexa, turn the heating on in the living room” and when you have the perfect thermostat like British Gas Hive or Nest, Alexa will certainly oblige. She also has the power of sharing jokes with you, will convert pounds into kilograms, confirm the scores of sports and so on. You’re also allowed to order an Uber with Alexa.
#2: Elgato Eve Degree
This is a new addition to this list and the Eve Degree is one of those luring and tempting looking weather sensors. It has got an anodised aluminium case and it is also very easy to set up. You just have to turn it on, download the Elgato Eve app in your iPhone and that’s it. Due to the fact that the gadget has water-resistance, you can even place it outdoors. You can also measure atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity with it. It’s easy to adjust temperatures in your home with the Eve.
#3: Nest Learning Thermostat
This one looks really inviting, with its anodised aluminium finish, and you can mount this on the wall or place it on portable stands. The Nest can speak wirelessly to the heater and it can even control water heating and the radiators. In case the sensor realises that you are not there in the house, it will switch to the Away mode in order to save energy. You are also allowed to control this through an app on your smartphone. This gadget won’t be compatible with all heaters or gadgets, so check before you buy.
#4: Google Home
The smart speaker of Google looks even better than Amazon Echo and it does several of the same things. You just have to start it by calling “Okay Google”. If you’ve ever used the voice recognition app in your phone, you’ll know how accurate this one is. It can play music from different services like Spotify and tell you the time you need to commute each day and how long it takes to get home.
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