I’ve been a tech nerd for as long as I can remember. From my early days of playing Mario Kart 64 at age 8 to getting an HTC Evo 4G LTE in college, technology has always held a special place in my heart. I’m not alone either: Many people love their iPhones and Instagram filters, but some of us are more into smart homes than others. Whether you’re an old pro with an automated home or just getting started on your smart journey, these four investments will make your life easier while saving you time and money over time.
A smart thermostat is a good investment because it can save energy and money. The Nest Learning Thermostat, for example, learns your habits and automatically adjusts the temperature based on when you’re home or away. It also has an app that allows you to control the temperature from anywhere so that you don’t have to worry about turning up the heat while at work or school–or waking up in an icy house come wintertime!
The Ecobee4 smart thermostat offers similar features: it tracks when people are home or away and adjusts accordingly; it has a sensor that detects humidity levels in order to prevent mold growth; and its built-in speakers allow users (or their pets) access music while they’re chilling out in front of Netflix all day long (or whatever).
Smart light bulbs
Smart light bulbs are a great investment and can be controlled from your phone, smart speaker or smart thermostat.
You can control these lights with your voice by saying something like: “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights.” Or you can adjust them using an app on your phone or tablet.
Smart security system
One of the best investments you can make is a smart security system. A good one will give you peace of mind and help keep your home safe, but they’re also not just for rich people. You can get an affordable one that works with Alexa or Google Assistant for less than $100!
And it’s not just about safety: smart security systems allow you to monitor your home while away by tracking motion, temperature and humidity in different rooms (or even on specific appliances). You can even set up automatic alerts if something goes wrong–for example, if someone breaks into your house while no one’s there.
- Amazon Echo
- Google Home
- Apple HomePod
- Microsoft Cortana
- Bose SoundTouch 30 smart speaker system (pictured above) is a great choice if you’re looking for a powerful sound system with an aesthetic that blends seamlessly into your home. Sonos One is another excellent option, as it’s one of the few smart speakers that supports both Alexa and Google Assistant; it also sounds great, comes in multiple sizes and finishes–and won’t break the bank.
I spent too much money on technology.
You might be wondering why I’m writing this article. After all, it’s not as if I have any regrets about my smart home investments. But in case you’re wondering whether you should make the plunge into the world of smart technology, here are four reasons why I would say yes:
- It was worth it. The cost of some of these devices can add up quickly–and even though they were expensive for me at first (especially compared to what my parents paid for similar things), now that I’ve had them for years and gotten used to them being around every day, they seem like a bargain! My daughter loves having her own tablet computer; she uses it all day long when she’s not playing outside with friends or watching TV shows on Netflix (which she did before we got our internet service). And if there’s one thing both parents love about our new laundry machine is how easy it makes doing laundry now! There are plenty more benefits besides those two examples too… just ask anyone who has ever bought anything remotely related online before; chances are they’ll tell you how much easier life became once they made their purchase!”
I’m glad I made these investments, and I think you will be too. The key to smart home technology is that it can make your life easier and more convenient. If you’re looking for ways to improve your home, consider adding some of these smart devices!