MAKING YOUR HOME A SMART HOME
A Guide for Homeowners Using Kasa, Amazon, and More
In today's world, convenience is key, and what better way to introduce convenience into your life than by turning your home into a smart home? Thanks to innovative applications like Kasa, Amazon's Alexa, and other smart home platforms, achieving a high-tech living space has never been easier or more accessible. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the small, yet impactful, steps you can take to make your current home a smart home.
Start Small: Smart Bulbs and Plugs
Investing in smart bulbs is an easy way to dip your toes into the smart home ecosystem. Brands like TP-Link offer Kasa Smart Bulbs that can be controlled using the Kasa Smart app on your phone. You can adjust brightness, set schedules, and even change colors (if you opt for a color-changing bulb).
Another simple entry point is smart plugs, which can make any standard appliance smart. Plug your coffee maker, lamp, or even your TV into a Kasa Smart Plug and control them via the app. Set schedules or turn them on/off remotely.
Medium Effort: Thermostats and Doorbells
Smart thermostats like Google Nest or Ecobee offer intelligent temperature control and can be controlled via voice commands or a mobile app. These devices learn from your behaviors and adjust the temperature accordingly.
Companies like Ring offer smart doorbells that not only allow you to see who's at the door but also let you interact with them through your smartphone. Pair it with Amazon Alexa to get announcements when someone rings the doorbell.
Advanced Options: Home Assistants and Integration
Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
Voice-controlled assistants like Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant act as the cornerstone of many smart homes. These devices can control a wide range of smart home gadgets, answer questions, play music, and much more.
Once you have various smart devices, you'll want them to work seamlessly. This is where apps like IFTTT (If This Then That) come in handy. You can create "applets" to make your devices interact in specific ways, like turning off the lights when you lock your smart door.
Turning your home into a smart home doesn't have to be an overwhelming task. Start small with smart bulbs and plugs, graduate to thermostats and doorbells, and then integrate everything with a smart assistant. Using popular apps like Kasa and platforms like Amazon Alexa, you can make your life easier one smart device at a time.