Nearly everything in your home can now be linked through Wi-Fi, allowing you to control functions like temperature, music, and security systems all through an app. While this type of freedom and flexibility can make your home more convenient and efficient, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the number of smart devices on the market. A few simple things to keep in mind can go a long way toward helping you set up the right smart home experience so you can enjoy all the smart devices you’ve purchased over the years.
Connecting devices and making sure they’re working properly can be a frustration for some people. Just being connected is important to millions, for a variety of reasons. A recent survey1 showed that half (49%) of U.S. consumers had an increased need to be connected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s more, 40% have connected a new device in their home since the crisis began.
Demand is coming from renters and homeowners alike. An average of 44% of renters1 say they would have a greater interest in a future rental if smart home products were provided as amenities. This is true across a wide range of connected products. Connected door locks, security, and HVAC systems are the most popular items, with more than half of renters voicing a preference for these features.
There are several other home gadgets and devices that people are looking to connect and making sure they’re connected properly is important to keeping your home as smart as possible.
Smart televisions are an easy place to start in regards to smart devices, and the set-up often takes just a few minutes. Most televisions come ready to connect to your Wi-Fi, and you can simply download streaming services apps directly to your set. With this connectivity, you should avoid the need to buy additional and expensive accessories for streaming content, as most operating systems are now built directly into the TV itself. Simply connect to your Wi-Fi with a reliable, secure password and download some apps to get started.
Smart thermostats are also quite popular today, and they are a good investment for a new home. These devices enable you to adjust your home’s temperature remotely, and this allows you to warm up or cool down your house even before you walk in the door.
This works because the smart thermostat is connected remotely via your smartphone, and in addition to setting the temperature remotely you can also check and adjust energy consumption in real-time, no matter where you are. This helps to save money …….