etting up a smart home can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be.
This article will walk you through exactly what steps you need to take to get started with your own smart home setup and connect everything together so that your appliances, lights, and other devices all work together seamlessly.
Setting up a smart home doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.
One of the great things about a smart home is that you can start small and add more devices as your needs change. If you've already got an existing network, such as one provided by your internet provider, then you can set up lighting and thermostats with relative ease. However, if you're starting from scratch or have no idea what kind of system works best for your needs, it's worth consulting a professional before laying down any cash on a new setup.
Set up your smart home hub.
Your smart home hub is the central hub for all your connected devices. It’s what allows them to communicate with each other, and it’s the brain of your smart home system.
Your hub can be any of these:
- A Smartphone or tablet running an app (like the Alexa mobile app)
- A dedicated hardware device that you plug into a power outlet (like the Amazon Echo)
- A computer running software (like Home Assistant)
Add smart features to your home.
Now that you've got the basics in place, it's time to start thinking about how you can make your home smarter. When you add smart features, you're not just making it convenient—you're also ensuring that you can keep an eye on your house and make sure everything is working as it should. That way, you can catch any problems before they get out of hand.
Use this list as inspiration:
- Add smart lights. Whether you go with traditional bulbs or something different, like Philips Hue bulbs and LIFX Bulbs, adding smart lighting features can help keep your home energy efficient and save money on utilities.
- Add smart thermostats. If your current thermostat isn't wifi enabled or doesn't allow for voice control yet (common issues), consider upgrading to one that does both by installing a Nest thermostat or Ecobee4 thermostat in your home. These products offer remote access so you can adjust the temperature from anywhere at any time—and they're compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, too!
- Add smart locks for front doors or garages so only those who are authorized can come in when the house is occupied (which is helpful if someone forgets their key). Some of our favorite options include Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt Lever Set with Built-In Alarm ($122) and Kwikset 910 Complete Home Smart Lock System ($230). And don't forget about locksmiths; they'll be able to install these types of systems quickly and easily without breaking into anything!
- For an extra layer of security against intruders entering through windows/doors where there aren’t any deadbolts installed yet then look into purchasing some window alarms from companies like Visonic Alarm Systems which emit loud noises when triggered by motion detection sensors upon opening/closing windows so burglars know not come near them again until police arrive! These units work great even though we recommend having someone else install them because they’re very sensitive due their location inside homes... especially during hot summers when temperatures soar high levels outside which means people stay indoors longer than usual causing greater risks!
Create routines and automations.
You can also set up routines and automations to make your smart home more effective, efficient, and comfortable.
- Automate your lights. For example, you can have them turn on when you arrive home after sunset or off when you leave in the morning. You could even have them dim a bit when it's time for bed at night. This way, you won't have to manually control these settings every day.
- Set the thermostat to adjust automatically based on the weather outside and inside the house (if applicable). This will save energy by preventing heating or cooling systems from running unnecessarily in an empty home during winter months or on hot summer days when nobody's there to use them anyway!
Well, that’s it!
We hope you found this article helpful. Remember, to make your home more smart and efficient, it’s important to start small and add new devices as you go along. Don't feel overwhelmed by all the options out there—there are plenty of great products at reasonable prices that will help you get started on your own smart home adventure!
To learn more about smart homes and how to get started,
check out this class taught by Technology Guide Wade: Introduction to Smart Homes.