December 5, 2023

Jasmine Salser

Timeless Home Decor

16 Genius Smart Home Tips From Real People

Introduction

Smart homes are here to make your life easier. You can use smart home technology to save energy, monitor your home from anywhere in the world, and even keep tabs on your pets. But there are some things you should know before you get started with this new technology. Here are some tips for using smart home products in your daily life:

Install a smart thermostat.

A smart thermostat is a device that you can use to control your heating and cooling system from anywhere. They’re usually controlled via an app on your phone and they can be programmed to change temperatures automatically based on what time it is, when you’re at home or away, or even if someone just walks into the room (yes!).

Smart thermostats save money by allowing users to set a higher temperature when no one’s home, then lower it when someone comes back so that rooms aren’t too warm when you get there–and vice versa for cold days!

If you want to install one yourself: There are two main types of smart thermostats: digital touchscreen models (like Nest) and Honeywells with built-in touchscreens (Honeywell). Either way, installation should take less than 30 minutes if you follow these steps:

Get a smart TV.

It’s not hard to see why smart TVs are becoming increasingly popular. They’re more expensive than regular TVs and use energy more efficiently, but they also have some great features that can help you save money and get more out of your home.

Smart TVs often come with voice control, so you can turn the TV on or off with your voice! This is especially handy if you have kids who like leaving their devices on while they play video games (because they always do). Another feature many smart TVs have is motion control: if there are lights in front of the screen, it will automatically dim them when there’s no one around; when someone walks into the room again–or turns off another light source–the screen brightens up again so as not to blind anyone watching TV at night.”

Put your devices on a schedule.

You can set your devices to turn off after a certain time, or set them to turn on at specific times. For example, if you want your lights to come on when it’s dark outside and go off when it’s light again, simply tell Alexa (or another smart speaker) what time they should turn on and off each day. You can also do this with other devices like thermostats and TVs.

Set up notifications for your smart devices.

Set up notifications for your smart devices.

Notifications are a great way to get alerts about what’s happening in your home when you’re away. They can let you know when the lights go on or off, for example, or if someone has opened the door. They’ll also let you know if there’s an issue with one of your smart devices (like a leaky faucet).

To set up notifications:

  • Open the App Store on your phone or tablet and search for “HomeKit.” Download and install Apple’s Home app onto that device; it will appear as an app icon on-screen after installation is complete
  • Open up this new application once installed

Use smart home cameras to monitor your home remotely.

Smart home cameras are great for keeping an eye on your home while you’re away. You can use them to monitor pets or children, make sure everything is OK with the house, and even see if there’s someone at the door. It’s helpful to have some sort of visual confirmation when something strange happens (like if a package arrives), so it’s worth looking into one of these options if you want peace of mind while you’re out running errands or working late at the office.

Make sure your computer is secure.

  • Make sure your computer is secure.
  • Install antivirus software and a firewall, and make sure they’re running at all times.
  • Use a password manager to manage your passwords, rather than keeping them in an unsecured document on your computer or memory stick.
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts–it’s easier for hackers if they can crack one account and then access everything else through it! Also, don’t share those passwords with anyone else; otherwise, they’ll have access to everything too!

Check the battery life of your smart devices regularly.

The battery life of your smart devices is important, but it’s also something that often gets overlooked. It’s important to check the battery life of your smart devices regularly because if they run out of power, it can be difficult to get them back up and running.

If you’re using a product like an Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home Mini–which only require power when they’re listening for voice commands–you may not even realize how much time goes by between uses. If you don’t use these devices often enough and forget to charge them up again before leaving home on vacation, there’s no telling how long those batteries will last!

You should replace any AA or AAA batteries at least once per year; otherwise they’ll lose their ability to hold a charge over time (and eventually stop working altogether). If this happens with one of your smart home gadgets, consider buying new ones so that everything stays in good working order!

Add an extra layer of protection with a fire alarm system that works with your smart home technology.

Add an extra layer of protection with a fire alarm system that works with your smart home technology.

Many smoke detectors and fire alarms are compatible with various types of smart home devices, including Alexa, Google Home and Nest. This allows you to be alerted when there’s an issue and also enables you to use voice commands to turn off the alarm or turn on lights in case of an emergency.

If you have a hardwired system in place — which includes hardwired smoke detectors — consider upgrading it so that it works with other technologies as well.

Get the right security system for you, based on your needs and budget.

Consider your budget, and choose a system that’s right for your home. You may be able to get away with an inexpensive, basic alarm system if the only thing you need protected is the front door of your house. But if there are other areas of concern–like windows, back doors or garages–you may want to invest in something more comprehensive like ADT Pulse or Vivint Smart Home. These systems include motion detectors, glass break sensors and even indoor/outdoor cameras that can alert you when someone enters or leaves through any entry point in or around your home (or business).

Smart homes aren’t just about security systems: they’re also about making life easier! If you already have one installed but it isn’t compatible with other smart devices in your house (e.g., lights), then consider adding those features now so everything works seamlessly together later on down the road when everyone is used to using them daily.”

Set schedules and reminders for routine chores and maintenance tasks such as changing the air filter in your HVAC system or changing water filters in appliances such as refrigerators or washing machines (assuming they have them).

You can set up a reminder on your phone to change the filter, or schedule it for when you will be home. If you have a smart thermostat that allows for remote access, there’s no need to even be at home–just change it from wherever you are!

Your new smart home can help make your life easier in many ways!

Your new smart home can help make your life easier in many ways!

  • Set up reminders for routine chores. If you have a Google Home or an Amazon Echo, you can easily set up reminders to do things like turn off the lights when they’re not in use, or close the garage door when it gets dark outside (this is especially helpful if there’s an animal who likes to get into trouble). Having a dedicated device will help keep track of these things so that they don’t slip through the cracks every now and then.
  • Monitor your home remotely with an app on your phone–and even control it from afar! Some people find this super helpful because it means they don’t have to go downstairs by themselves at night just because something decided not work properly anymore–and then ended up breaking altogether! It’s definitely worth considering what kind of technology would best suit whatever needs might arise over time; maybe one day we’ll all be able to talk directly with our appliances? One thing’s certain though: The future looks bright!

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed learning some of the many ways your smart home can make your life easier. We know that it can be overwhelming at first, so we encourage you to take things slowly, starting with just one or two devices at a time. And if you have any questions along the way (or want to share some tips of your own), don’t hesitate to reach out!