February 4th, 2020 9:55 AM by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON
Budget-Friendly Ways to Build Your
Smart Home from the Ground Up
Today, there are so many options when it comes
to smart home technology. Sure, you can buy a slew of smart home components at
once and connect all of them together through a hub. But this is quite an
expensive and time-consuming way to build your smart home from the ground up.
with a Smart Strategy
Obviously, doing this the long, expensive way
isn’t very time- or budget-savvy. The more economical method is to purchase
only the most essential smart home products—items that will provide you with
most of the advantages of a fully-stocked smart home but require less money and
time. Choose products that are compatible
with one another (i.e., Apple, Google, or Amazon products), and you can build a
sufficient smart home infrastructure in no time.
Here’s the best part about building your smart
home this way: Most, if not all, of the components are affordable. And if you
shop at big retailers like Best Buy, you can apply principles from Rakuten’s Best Buy shopping guide to drive
the prices down even further. For instance, Best Buy shoppers can get free
shipping on online orders over $35, browse great deals by downloading the Best
Buy app, and find tons of clearance items at the Best Buy Outlet.
With smart strategies in place, start shopping
for these essential components:
Nothing is more important than ensuring that
your family and property are secure. All About Security explains the home
security industry is now lightyears ahead of what it used to be, and thanks to
these smart home security trends, you no longer have
to invest in an all-inclusive package.
These days, you can mix and match various
security components to design the ideal situation for your household. Smart
home security devices allow you to make it look like you’re home when you
aren’t, alert authorities in certain circumstances, and they can tell you if
there is a problem. Components to consider are surveillance cameras, window and
door sensors, doorbell cameras, and motion detectors. Obviously, securing your
home and your valuables is a great way to protect your finances!
With a smart thermostat, you can keep your
home comfortable and save money at the same time. Simply
program what you want the temperature to be at any given time of day, such as
leaving it warmer when you’re not at home in the summer or lowering the
temperature around bedtime. Or, you can manually control the thermostat from
your smartphone or other devices. Nest, Ecobee, and Netatmo make some of the
most popular products.
LED light bulbs are more efficient than the
fluorescent bulbs of the past, and FluxSmart notes smart LED light bulbs are even more
efficient. Through an app on your smartphone or by speaking to a smart speaker,
you can control every smart light in your home.
A smart speaker is one of the most
practical smart home components you can buy because it can be used to control
most, if not all, of your other smart home components. In the most basic sense,
a smart speaker serves as a sort of personal assistant. This way, if you left
something running in another room, you can just tell your speaker to turn it
Along with controlling your other smart
devices, it allows you to carry out a number of other tasks (e.g., stream media,
set reminders, find recipes) using only your voice. It’s a potential money- and
time-saver, since you don’t need to power up another device for things like
checking the weather.
Don’t get overwhelmed by all the smart home
options available these days. By purchasing these components over time, you can
build a smart home that provides all the safety, convenience, and comfort you
need. And you can do it on a budget!
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