We live in an era of technological revolution! There are many devices coming on the market every day, they are getting more efficient and overall quality of the products is getting better. With over 10 years of experience in home security and locksmith fields, we in Protecht Locksmith and Security decided to create this Top 10 list. Here is our list of favorite devices that will not only let you to be more lazy and kickback as you let the technology work for you, but will also significantly increase the security of your property and home. Check it out!
Video Doorbell (by Ring or Nest)
A Video Doorbell is a great way to add some basic security elements to your home. It can be battery operated or connected directly to the same low voltage wiring of an existing doorbell. By using your Wifi connection you can easily view it and get notifications on your smartphone. It detects any motion and notifies you, then it stores the video safely in the cloud so you can access and watch it later at your convenience. With this device you will always know who came to your door, and will never worry again about a missing package or delivery.
Wifi Security System by SimplySafe.
This Wifi security system is definitely one of the most popular choices that our clients like. It has a veriety of sensors (both motion and smoke) that will activate the alarm, which is quite loud, and will notify the police for you. A great feature is that is can work completely independent from a sim card, and it has backup batteries if the thieves decide to shut off power before the break in. It quite easy to install and set up, and won’t require a long term contract like other big players on the market.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Another must have smart device for your home is a learning thermostat. There are many choices when it comes to learning thermostats, but one of the most popular ones is a Nest Thermostat by Google. This device can be accessed by the app on your smartphone to adjust the temperature, and it can even learn your preferences and automatically adjust the schedule of operation. This thermostat can sense when nobody is home and sets the temperature to eco mode. This can drastically save you money on the electric bill. It has cool styling that fits pretty much any interior design.
Electronic Smart locks
Tired of carrying multiple keys in your pocket? With an electronic lock you don’t need to have a key to open the lock. Brands like Schlage, Kwickset, Yale offer some pretty cool models of smart locks, with high security grade. These devices can be operated with your smartphone, and some models like Schlage Connect have a keypad to simply punch the code in and unlock it. By adding an extra hub (wireless bridge between the lock and the router) this type of lock can be managed long distance and controlled directly through your phone.
Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
This is the main devices if you really want to automate your home! Just by asking your assistant to operate any smart device, and in the matter of seconds the job will be complete. Either you want to lock the front door, or to turn on the lights, just ask Alexa or Google Assistant and they will work her magic. Want to adjust temperature? Easy! These two big companies are working hard so we can be more lazy! Some of the models have a high quality screen, so you can view the cameras or your favorite show. These voice assistance devices by Google or Amazon have amazing speakers that are already built in, so you can enjoy your favorite music or set them up for the morning alarm.
Smart light bulbs
With this cool feature you will definitely impress your guest! By switching to smart light bulbs you will be able to control them directly with your phone, or even better, your voice! Just link the smart light bulbs to your Google or Amazon voice assistant. These smart lights have multiple color modes, and can be synchronized with the music you play so you can through a little party (or big one) for your guests.
Smart outlets and plugs
With these devices you can control almost anything that gets power directly from the outlet. Appliances or free-standing light fixtures can now be simply controlled by the smartphone or any voice assistant device you may prefer. You can set automation rules for multiple rooms, turn on/off the light fixtures around the house all in one simple command.
Wifi garage door opener
Another great tool for your smart home is the garage door opener that can be used with your smartphone or voice assistant device. It will automatically sense that you are getting close to your home and open the garage door for you. Isn’t that awesome?
Robot vacuum cleaner
This is a handy tool when it comes to cleaning your home without extra effort. This little guy will travel around floors of your home and return back to the base station when it needs to charge up. And of course you can create a personalised schedule of when you’d prefer to start the cleaning process or you can just connect it to the voice assistant (Google or Amazon).
Wi-fi Cameras with a solar panel
Last but not least in our Top 10 list are wi-fi cameras. Want to add some extra security to your house? Ring or Arlo have some great cameras, battery operated and completely wireless. Do you worry about charging batteries every 1-3 months? Adding small solar panels to your cameras will solve this problem once and for all. No wires makes the installation process easy, simple, and cost effective.
Remember this is only a top ten list of smart home devices that we and our clients like the most, there are several other remarkable products available in the market that you can also try out. With these devices, your home can certainly take care of itself.