How To Smart Your Home Without Spending Much?
Home is all about convenience. Everyone would like more comfort in the form of a smart home. However, how do you plan to smart your home? Ripping down the whole home system and starting again is not a good idea, and considering the cost that is not wise either. You will already have security cameras and smoke detectors in place, but how do we make it work together and make it accessible wherever you are. We have answers for all your questions through simple techniques and workarounds that do not cost much.
Start with assessing your existing home systems
Security system, fire and smoke alarm system, HVAC, and music system may be part of your smart ecosystem. Assessing means getting to know their compatibility to communicate with other devices like a modem or a smart home hub, ports available, functionalities, etc. This forms the basis of your minimal, intelligent home setup plan. The objective is to use as much of existing gadgets to keep the costs low.
List the features you expect for your smart home.
For example, some of the essential elements of an intelligent home setup are,
- Virtual voice assistant
- Temperature control
- Light on/off and color change
- Viewing camera from anywhere
- Notifications on abnormal activities from security cameras
Making a list of your existing systems and the required functionality will narrow down your search from there on.
The smart home ecosystem is the most significant decision you will need to make while you are in the planning stage. The vital ecosystems are the Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung. Wanting to add smart features to existing devices, the compatibility of existing devices and the availability of newer gadgets under your budget should be your deciding factors.
Fix a smart hub and connect as many existing gadgets to the hub to make it functional and accessible the smart way. While there are not many devices from the past compatible with the intelligent hub, security cameras can be connected for live video streaming across the internet that can be accessed even when you are not home. Another minimal costing upgrade is the addition of smart plugs to turn on/off appliances.
When the improvising part of existing tools and gadgets are done, now you can add on other necessary smart home devices. Smart cloud cam is an inexpensive security tool that adds value to your smart home setup. Likely, there are smart thermostats, smart multi–color LED, and smart locks that do not cost a fortune. From now on the addition of smart home gadgets is endless. You can keep adding devices whenever you wish to.