Right now only 12-16% of U.S. households own smart devices. This is excluding smartphones and tablets, which often integrate with smart home appliances. Part of the reason is due to not knowing how useful it is to live in a smart home.
Things like smart thermostats, smart outlets, and smart fridges can save a ton of time. No more fiddling with the A/C, unplugging devices or getting lost in the fridge. These smart home automation ideas are available to compliment any home.
The echo is the ideal smart home hub. You can use it to control all your devices, security systems, and provide entertainment and news. Depending on which major phone iOS you use, the Echo can outclass Apple’s HomeKits.
The Echo also has an amazing speaker with 3″ subwoofer. This makes it easy to use across living rooms and down hallways. Alexa can create shopping lists, answer questions, find music, and become a calendar planner.
Philips Hue Starter Kit
Turn on the lights remotely, control the color, and intensity of these smart lights. Philips has a range of smart lights under the Hue brand. This starter kit gives independent control over lights in each room.
The Hue lights not only respond to voice commands but also respond to music and alarms. Sync up your favorite songs to the Philips Hue and watch the colors match different frequencies. It’s also easy to sync it up with disco and holiday themes to give off a rotation of colors.
Ecovacs Deebot N79S
There is a slew of robot vacuums out there that will change your life. The Deebot N79S gives you premium features at a discounted price. Robot vacuums have come a long way, the Roomba is no longer head-and-shoulders above others.
This smart vacuum costs $229 and it features smart motion sensors, a large battery, and a great smartphone app. You can also control it via Alexa with your voice. The Ecovacs have a reputation for strong suction and effective brushes.
Kenmore Smart Refrigerator
Hear us out on this one, there is a good argument for considering a smart fridge. Do you hate coming back from the grocery store and realizing you forgot an ingredient? Do you have favorite foods or drinks that you purchase on a regular basis?
A smart fridge can take care of all your grocery inventory problems. It knows what you put in it. Internal cameras keep track of what you have, what will expire, and individual needs. It’s WiFi connectivity allows you to automatically reorder items without being present.
Use the touchscreen to look up recipes as you cook, leave messages to other family members, or watch TV on it. Family members can create a custom profile for to-do lists and grocery item wishes. The fridge is your best friend when it’s a smart refrigerator.
In addition to your standard home security system, smart locks provide another layer of security. These locks are remotely controlled and feature temporary access keys. No more losing keys, fumbling in the dark, or worry about leaving it unlocked.
The Schlage Sense is more secure than your standard deadbolt. The locking mechanism passes very high amounts of blunt-force trauma. This is the perfect companion for Airbnb hosts.
You can control the lock with any smart home hub device inside, so you’ll never have to get up.
Nest has set the standard for what a thermostat can do. Nest thermometers are programmable through your smartphone. You can tell it to turn on before you get home and which room temps you want.
The Nest is smart enough to adjust the amount of heating and cooling based on weather forecasts. Using the best air purifier for allergies with a smart air conditioner means less AC maintenance. Filters will last longer and your AC won’t have to work as hard during the pollen season.
Singlecue Gen 2 Remoteless Gesture Controller
Take your smart home experience to a whole new level with gestures. Swiping on your smartphone is very fast and intuitive. It only makes sense to want to gesture with all your devices.
Whether they have a screen or not, you can control devices remotely with the Singlecue Controller. It sits on your entertainment system with your TV and other connected devices. You control what is on the screen, playing through speakers, or surrounding lights–with your hands!
Using gestures instead of voice commands allows you to hold a conversation without interruption.
GE Wireless Smart Outlets
Last, but not least, we give you the freedom to unplug and replug any device remotely. All smart outlets are designed to grant the ability to turn off any connected device with smartphone apps or smart home hubs. Idle power from sleeping or “off” electronics often use more than you think.
GE smart devices allow for remote control of LED, incandescent, and fluorescent light bulbs. With GE switches, you can schedule and automate your lights to turn on or off when you need them. They also double as a motion sensor for moving through the house late at night.
Light sensing technology will turn on lights and activate outlets when the sun rises. No programming necessary for early-risers who get up when the sun does.
More Home Automation Ideas
This list of home automation ideas is a great foundation to pull from. There are so many robot appliances and powerful portable devices to make your life easier. Those who spend a lot of time on the road or on the job could use a helping hand.
We found another great guide to help people who have to move frequently. Read this guide for tips on moving in and setting up a smart home wherever you are. Yosaki is a great resource for improving the way you live your life.