Thursday, June 8, 2017

5 Ways To Manage Your Home At Work!


This post is provided by Ryan Tyson.

Do you ever wish you could magically turn off the light you accidentally left on before heading to work or check to make sure that the door is locked? Well, you may not have the magic to do those things, but with smart technology, you can “magically” do it from your smartphone. In fact, there are lots of things you can now do to manage your home while at work. Here are the top five.

Smart Lights

Everyone has left a light on accidentally and wished he or she could turn it off, and with smart lights, you can. Smart lights, like many other smart technologies, come in varying formats. You can find systems that allow you to control single switches, a set of plugs, or even an entire home. It depends on how much of your home lighting you want to control when you are away. For whole home systems, look at Hue by Philips; this system allows you to control everything from color to brightness, and it lets you switch the lights on and off. 

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are ideal for programming and keeping you cool and warm at different times of day, and you control them from your smartphone. But did you know that they also work hard to keep your HVAC system running smoothly? When you use a manual thermostat, you tend to adjust the temperature more often and thus make your furnace work harder. But with a smart thermostat, you maintain a more constant temperature and thus do not create problems for your HVAC unit.

Smart Water

One of the worst things that can happen to you as a homeowner is to be away from home when a pipe bursts or someone has accidentally left a faucet running. Within a short time of being gone, you can flood a room- or, worse, even your entire house. But with smart water systems such as Flo, you are immediately notified of water running, and you can turn the water off to your home while sitting at work.

Security Cameras

If you are away from home often, you might want to consider a security camera system to help you monitor your house. These systems come in a variety of styles, from wireless to wired, and they allow you to monitor one location or every room in your home. They are easy to install, and newer models have coordinating apps that allow you to check and view cameras from your smartphone. 

Remote Locks

Many manufacturers are producing house locks that are remotely controlled via smartphones. They allow you to lock and unlock your door with a touch of a button on your phone. Some, such as Kwikset, take that a step further by syncing with your security alarm systems, notifying you when kids come and go, and allowing people such as housekeepers access during a particular window on a certain day. Once you get these five magical smart technologies working in your home, you will wonder why you have not had them all along- they are that great!

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