Top Smart Home Devices and Systems for 2022 – Bankrate.com
Smart homes are all the rage — and by “smart,” we don’t mean spiffy looking. Rather, we’re talking about devices and systems that make use of the Internet of Things to remote-control functions and features around the house.
Using an app or a web portal, a smart home system allows you to control your locks, lighting, thermostat, security and other features through your smartphone, tablet or laptop. You can set one up to automate tasks, such as turning on the lights before you arrive home from work or turning the heat down as you leave for the day. It allows you to check in on your house when you’re away on a trip.
Not only do you gain convenience, you can save money with smart systems. Many homeowners insurance companies offer discounts if you install a security system equipped with an alarm, door and window sensors and motion sensors. And you could save on energy costs by adjusting your thermostat so you’re not using lots of heat or air conditioning when the house is unoccupied.
Not surprisingly, these benefits make smart home devices an enticing choice — so much so that 69% of U.S. households have at least one smart home item. If you’re in the market, here are some of the latest and greatest gadgets available.
An energy monitor helps you detect areas of energy waste by monitoring the electrical output of appliances you’re using (or that you’re not using, but are plugged in). Though individual plugs have long been around for single outlets, there are now whole-house power monitors that track usage of appliances throughout the home.
For example, the Sense Energy Monitor (one of the highest recommended brands) functions like a small computer, constantly analyzing where and when energy is going. This sort of tool allows you to monitor the electric usage of particular appliances (as big as a refrigerator or as small as a clothes iron), make adjustments to lower energy consumption, and work with smart assistants to follow voice commands. You can use it to check if devices are on or off, too. But you’ll likely need an electrician to install it, as the monitor gets attached to your home’s electrical panel.
Smart locks provide another layer of security, featuring logs that allow you to see when someone arrives and leaves in real time. You can review the log to check when your kids arrive home from school, whether the house or pet sitter arrives on time, if UPS dropped off the package like its email notice said it did. You can also assign temporary codes for those who need short-term access to your home, like a contractor or real estate agent.
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is often cited by real estate pros, as it offers exceptional connectivity through Wi-Fi and simple installation. “Thanks to the simplicity of this smart lock, all a homeowner needs to do is install it to the doors and invite the people who need access,” says Vicky Norfaul, owner and associate broker of the Platinum Real Estate Group in northern Virginia. “The access can be controlled easily through the home solution’s app and software, and the invitation can be extended or withdrawn anytime.”
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