So you heard about this idea called a “smart home” and want to learn more about it. You came to the right place. Maybe you are thinking, “how do I even get a smart home?” or “where do I even start?” Smart homes can be a little overwhelming at the start if you have no prior experience to smart home technology. Don’t worry though. I will be going over how to get a smart home and will lay the foundation to building your very own smart home.
What is a smart home?
Let’s start simple. Some of you may not even know what heck a smart home is! If you do, then you can skip to the next section. But if you are still a little unsure, read on.
Basically, any electronic (thermostats, lights, security cameras, etc.) in your home can be connected to the internet and controlled via your mobile home or a smart speaker such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home Assistant. If you purchase certain devices that have the feature of connecting to the internet and can be controlled by you, then you are using smart home technology. If you set this smart home technology throughout your home, then you have created yourself a smart home. Cool, right?!
Setting up your smart home can seem a bit tricky at the start, but once you get into the groove of things, pretty soon everything in your home will be automated.
How to get a smart home…
I have covered a detailed guide on how to start a smart home, but in this article, I will be going over things in simpler terms. Now you can’t just expect you home to become “smart” by just saying “OK home, become smart right now!” There is a little work involved. Once everything is set up correctly, you won’t have to really worry about anything.
Start with a smart speaker
You are going to want to have a central “hub” to connect all of your smart home devices. I recommend either picking up an Amazon Alexa voice assistant or a Google Home voice assistant. These are devices that can connect to almost any smart home device allowing you to control your technology through the sound of your voice.
Once you set your smart speaker up within your home, you can use it as a central hub to control all of your smart home devices. For example, if you purchase an Amazon Alexa device, you will download the Amazon Alexa app and follow the instructions within the app to connect your new device over the internet.
Once you have your device and app up and running, you can connect any smart home device you purchase using the features within the Amazon app to connect to other third party smart home devices.
If you have no clue where to start, dip your feet into the world of smart home technology and pick up an Amazon Echo Dot. Buying one of Amazon’s echo products is your best when starting a smart home, as they can work with a broader set of smart home accessories.
Control your smart home
Once you set up your smart speaker and voice assistant, you are ready to connect third party smart home devices and have the full capability to control them using the relevant apps or just your voice.
If this is your first time setting up a smart home, Amazon has created a line of Echo products that you can control using your voice by simply saying “Alexa” and then giving a command. For example, if you want to turn the lights on in the living room, you would say “Alexa, turn on the living room lights.”
Below I have listed some of the easiest devices to help get you started in getting your very first smart home.
Controlling your lights
Smart lighting is the easiest place to start when you are building out your smart home. When you want to control the lights in your home, you can simply set up smart light bulbs and connect them to an app on your smartphone for full control of your lights anytime and anywhere. I have created an article with some lights that you can use at nighttime. For starters, I recommend using the Phillips Hue Starter Kit.
Controlling your fan or other fixtures
If you have devices connected to light switches on your wall, such as a ceiling fan or other light fixtures, then you may want to consider rigging smart light switches throughout your home. To learn more about the best light switches, you can read my article on smart home light switches that work with Alexa.
Controlling the temperature
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could adjust the temperature within your living room without having to get up to walk to the thermostat. With a smart thermostat, you can view and adjust the temperature of your home right from your smartphone!
Keep on building your smart home
These tips should get you started on building out your very first smart home. There are so many devices that can connect to each other to create a fully automated home. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!