Make Your Home Smart - Part 2
Select Your Smart Home Devices
If you’re contemplating getting a smart home security system as well as smart smoke/carbon monoxide detector, make sure they integrate with each other before you buy. This way, you won’t have to use two separate apps and systems to control them. This can be done by verifying that they’re able to both work with the same assistant. Ideally, you’ll want to access all of your devices through a single app on your phone, so select your smart home devices carefully.
For many, the biggest benefit of smart home automation is increased safety. If that’s a top priority for you, a smart doorbell is a great place to start. Such devices include motion sensors and the ability to stream live video, so you can see who is at your door before you open it. If you have a newer home or plan to build, talk with your electrician about how you can optimize your wiring for smart home technology. Older homes may be more challenging to rewire, so consulting a professional is crucial before you attempt to install this technology.
Smart Home Security Systems
In many cases, you can set up the system yourself, which is a nice advantage compared to traditional “wired” security systems which require professional installation that costs extra. Setup often requires plugging in the base station and turning on various connected sensors. And if you encounter any setup issues, there are many online tutorials available that provide additional information on installation.
Consider purchasing a system that’s sold as a kit to keep things really simple. Many of these systems are “portable,” so you can take the system with you if you move to a different house.
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