7 Smart Home Upgrades For Making Life Easier
You can change your life for the better with these smart home upgrades.
How many times have you accidentally left the lights on? Or not set the alarm? The normal reaction is usually a hot or cold chill over your entire body while a pit forms in your stomach. Then the rest of the day is worry, stress, and not believing you actually did something like that.
But not if you upgrade your home.
You can use smart home upgrades to control almost anything from your smartphone. Use a Wink Hub 2 to set the alarm, turn off lights, and take care of your home. But that’s not all. Use a Roomba to vacuum for you, play music through Amazon Alexa, and see who is at your front door with a Skybell HD Video Doorbell.
There are many different ways to upgrade your home and make it smarter. Let’s take a look at 7 great options for almost any home.
Smart Home Security
#1 – SimpliSafe Home Security System
You have options for how much you want to smarten your house.
There are 5 packages for you to choose from. They range from the $500 Haven package to the $250 Foundation package. Your basic security options can include a base station, wireless keypad, motion/entry sensors, and a few other bells and whistles.
Then you can include add-ons like a video doorbell and security cameras. You will need to pay a monthly fee, but it can be worth it to fully protect your home.
You can read more about this and other smart home security upgrades >>
#2 – Wyze Cam Pan
This affordable indoor camera can help keep an eye on your home when you aren’t there.
You can move the camera 360 degrees, see with night vision, and get alerts for motion, sound, and smoke. If you want to talk to someone in the house you can do that too! With a $30 price tag, you can cover a wide area without breaking the bank. From your phone, you can watch over your home.
You can learn more about the Wyze Cam Pan >>
#3 – Skybell HD Video Doorbell
A one-time fee can give you years of value.
The Skybell HD Video Doorbell allows you to see and even talk with whoever is at your door (even if you aren’t home). You can do it through your cellphone too. Plus, it can connect to other smart home devices like Amazon Echos and Nest. While you may want a professional to install it, the app that comes with it is easy to navigate.
One of the best parts: you can put your doorbell on “Do Not Disturb”. No more bolting up at the sound of the doorbell only for it to be UPS dropping off a package.
Cleaning Smarter, Not Harder
#4 – iRobot Roomba 980
An easier way to clean your floors.
iRoomba can clean your house on a specific schedule you set from your phone. It can switch between carpet and hard flooring quite easily. Plus it won’t fall down stairs or off ledges. Getting stuck can be a problem though. If this happens you can press “Locate Roomba” and it’ll play music until you find it.
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But it isn’t perfect. There may still be trace amounts of hair and dust left on the floor, plus corners are a real problem. But this isn’t much of a problem. If people are still buying it then it must be worth the money.
There are some household objects it doesn’t handle well, like cables, socks, and the occasional present your pet may leave on the floor.
See what this iRoomba user thinks of it >>
Smart Home Hubs & Controllers
#5 – Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo toes the line of an all-in-one smart hub.
You can find out the weather, play games, listen to music, ask questions, and more. One really neat feature is you can connect it to a few other smart home upgrades like a Philips Hue lightbulb (see further down).
There is a learning curve though. You need to learn what to ask and sometimes how to ask to get what you want. It doesn’t always understand what you want, like when it comes to titles for songs and albums. While this does happen, the Amazon Echo is constantly undergoing improvements.
You can read a full review >>
#6 – Wink Hub 2
Total control of your home at your fingertips.
You can connect almost all of your smart home upgrade devices to this hub. Control lighting, alarms, thermostats, and more with a few buttons on your phone.
The control app is straightforward. It walks you through setups, restarts, and most any other processes. You can even hook it up to an Amazon Echo for voice commands. That does require some extra work.
All-in-all, this is a great headquarters device for controlling your smart home.
You can read more about the Wink Hub 2 >>
Take Control Of Your Home Lighting
#7 – Philips Hue A19
Lighting your home your way.
Philips Hue smart bulbs allow you to take control of the lighting in your home. You can set up the lighting for when you wake up, sleep, and even when you’re away from home.
It’s the wide compatibility to other smart systems and reliable performance that sets these bulbs apart. Amazon, Apple, Google, and more can work with Philip Hue bulbs. You can change colors and attach motion sensors.
Since it doesn’t attach to your Wi-Fi network it works better than most others.
More on smart bulbs >>
Don’t Worry About Your Home
All of these devices can decrease the worry you may feel about your home.
Your day can be more worry and stress-free. Homes have never been easier to control or safer than with many of these upgrades. Your home can be a smart home too, so why not upgrade today?
You can tell us your favorite smart home upgrade in the comments below.