If you’re considering installing a sprinkler system at your home, or already have a sprinkler system and want to upgrade to the best technology on the market, a wifi sprinkler system needs to be at the top of your list. Most smart sprinkler systems are easy to install and allow you to control your sprinklers all from your phone or tablet. Smart wifi sprinklers have the ability to monitor water levels in your soil and current weather conditions to know when it’s the right time to water, and will turn on or off your system as needed.
Smart locks keep you safe and smart thermostats can save you money, but isn’t a tiny part of having a smart home because it’s just fun? Enter Lifx and Hue color changing light bulbs. There really isn’t much cost savings with either of these bulbs, nor will color changing lights ward off any intruders while you’re away, but being able to change light colors in different rooms or while it’s raining is just a fun feature to have in your house. Plus, there are many other benefits to smart bulbs than just the “fun” factor. Color changing light bulbs can be easier on your eyes, create ideal lighting for photos, and give your home an elegant and sophisticated feel.
While everyone wants to update their homes with smart thermostats, smart bulbs, and just about anything else that can be automated, we often overlook our wall outlets. Smart plugs allow you to connect your wall outlets to your home’s wifi, and turn on/off any device that is plugged into that outlet. They offer a simple and relatively cheap way to control lights, fans, or just about anything via your smartphone.
Smart thermostats begin saving you money the moment you hook it up to your home. Three of the most popular smart thermostats are the Ecobee, Nest and Sensi. These three products allow you to control your homes temperature from your smart phone, pair with virtual assistants like Amazon Echo, and can even learn your patterns and preferences. Each of these thermostats have some key advantages over the others, but the Ecobee smart thermostat has the best features and has a seriously easy set up so anyone can hook it into their home’s HVAC system. Plus, Ecobee’s “Follow Me” feature is one of the coolest things we’ve seen from a smart thermostat, and it sets it over the top as the best smart thermostat you can buy.