With Voice Assistants like the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, the dream of living in an automated home is no longer just a dream, but a very realistic way of living. A simple voice command here and another voice command there, and within seconds the window blinds have been lowered, the music has been chosen from your Spotify playlist and the lights have been dimmed to set the perfect ambience to begin the movie night, and don’t forget that a movie has even been selected – you just have to press play!
Imagine, all of that without having to lift a finger! It sure does sound like a perfect way to unwind on a lazy Sunday, but the question really is that how and do these smart devices really come in handy for everyday use? And are they really for everyone?
What’s So Great about Smart Devices?
One of the best things about smart home devices is that they are quite versatile, and every smart home owner will have their own way of making use of a particular device.
A smart bulb with a motion sensor for instance might not be useful to some people, but it can be an incredible addition to those that have the habit of sneaking into the kitchen for midnight snacking, or elderly people who can’t keep up with making sure the lights are off before bed, or even those with little kids in their homes.
On the other hand, you may not use your voice assistant to play cooking videos on the TV every day, but they might be perfect for listing down calendar reminders or setting schedules for other smart devices synced with it if you’re a busy person. Whatever the use, smart home devices can come in handy for almost everyone depending on how they make use of it.
Here are 2 commonly used smart home devices that are perfect in regards to explaining how they are suitable for everybody.
Smart Lighting is available in a wide variety of options, from smart bulbs for individual rooms, to smart strip lights and even smart floodlights – there are several options available for every kind of use necessary.
With additional motion sensors, the accessibility and options can become limitless. Users can use a smart LED bulb or a smart floodlight and sync it with a motion sensor device so that it can light up whenever it detects movement, in order to enhance their home security and drive away any trespassers. For convenience, users also prefer setting up porch ceiling lights with motion sensors such that they don’t have to fumble to find their lock in the dark and also for that added security reason. For everyday use, smart lights can be integrated with separate motion sensors that light up a dark hallway or a bathroom, and protects the elderly and children alike, or just add to the convenience factor of not having to find the switch each time.
LED smart bulbs also allow for setting the ambience or even just adjusting the level of brightness or dimming them as needed. Smart lights can be an integral part of everyday life; whether you’re a student that needs ambient light to get in the mood for studying or you prefer to dim the lights while binge watching your favorite TV series, they are unique in the way that they provide specific uses for each individual person.
Smart Thermostats can also be a very advantageous addition to any home and are truly meant for every household. With traditional thermostats being redundant and having to walk all the way to make manual changes in temperature with tricky scheduling mechanics, smart thermostats have easily replaced them with their easy to control methods like that of voice control and smartphone application control.
What’s more, is that they can even automatically learn your schedule! For example, if you were to go to sleep at 10 p.m. and change the temperature, it will automatically change the temperature at 10 p.m. after a few days, or if you integrate it with a specific voice command like “Good Night Google” it will set it to your desired night-time temperature. Smart thermostats allow users to set the temperature without even having to manually do it from the thermostat itself. Whether it’s the basement or the garage, you can easily set the thermostat to your desired temperature while sitting miles away, through voice commands within the range of your voice assistant and even with the tap of a button on your smartphone application.
Automatic scheduling allows certain smart thermostats to learn your schedules overtime, with a built-in motion sensor like the one featured in the Google Nest thermostat, it can easily tell when you’re at home or away from home. During away times, the thermostat can lower down and conserve energy, and not only save you some money on the billing part but also help save the environment.
There are obviously a ton of more smart home devices on the market. Check them out at FirstEnergy Home’s website www.firstenergyhome.com. You would find that there are so many categories, each useful for a home in their own unique way. So to answer the question of whether smart home devices are for everyone, yes they are!