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You don’t have to spend millions of dollars to buy a smart home…there are numerous devices on the market that can make your home smart without shelling out the big bucks! These devices protect your family and your property, giving you peace of mind. You also can control your home directly from your phone no matter where you are in the world, which is simply convenient. Here are some devices that can make your home smarter and your life easier.

Cameras

Smart outdoor security cameras are rising in popularity because they are getting cheaper and more intuitive. Many cameras have motion sensors that only record when it senses movement, which saves the battery life and saves you from reviewing hours of footage. These can help you feel more safe and secure, as well as provide you with the convenience of knowing when a package has been delivered or when a family member is coming or going.

But, smart security cameras aren’t just for the outdoors! Indoor cameras can also help you keep an eye on what’s going on in your house. A common use for them is to replace old-school baby monitors, allowing you check on your baby or toddler from the other room or even when you leave them with a babysitter.

Home Security Systems

Thanks to a new wave of home security systems that are Wi-Fi enabled, you don’t have to have a security system wired into your house or phone line anymore. These systems operate on your home’s Wi-Fi connection or some of them operate on a cellular signal if the power goes out. You can arm or disarm your system from anywhere in the world, which is convenient if you need to allow someone access to your home when you aren’t there.

Thermostats

Smart thermostats can come in handy, especially when you’re on your way home and want to cool down or warm up the house so it’s comfortable when you arrive. Also, if you’re feeling super lazy, you can change the thermostat without getting up from your couch or in the morning before you get out of bed.

Light Bulbs

Add an extra layer of protection to your home when you’re away by timing lamps and lights to come on, giving the impression to onlookers that someone is home. Or, if you’re feeling lazy and forgot to turn off the light, you can do so from your phone, as well.

Locks

Smart locks are great for when you need to unlock the door remotely to let in a friend or family member who doesn’t have a key. Also, it can give you peace of mind to double check that your house is locked while you are away.

Smoke and Water Detector

Protect your property by getting alerted when these devices detect smoke or flooding in your home. These devices will send a push notification to your phone if anything is detected, so that you don’t have to worry when you are away from your hone.

Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants are what will make your home truly feel like a smart home. You may already even have a virtual assistant; some of the most popular ones currently are Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri. These devices can play music, Google something, give you reminders, keep your calendar, call people, control your smart home devices (including Nest, Phillips, Samsung and Ring), order things online and more — all with your voice. With some of these devices, you can also assign a string of commands. For example, you could set up a “Wake Up” command which will turn the thermostat to a warmer temperature, turn off your home alarm and turn on the lights in the kitchen. The possibilities are endless!