You’ve figured out what problems you want fixed with your current lifestyle, and you already know you want smart technology to fix these particular problems. Now, all you have to do is buy your smart devices and appliances, and you’ll have a smarter lifestyle. But, what device do you pick? What if it doesn’t fix your problem? These questions are driving you crazy, right? Don’t sweat! Read on, and you’ll figure it out.


  1. Compatible devices make for a happy home

You can employ various platforms in order to automate your home and make it a smart one. What you need to keep in mind though, is that every platform has its own set of compatible devices. You need to make sure you do not select products that can’t work together. For example, the SkyBell video doorbell is compatible with a Nest platform, but not with Apple HomeKit.

Nest Protect hub and Skybell video doorbell

You’ll want all your smart devices to be able to talk to each other.

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  1. Get good home security on your terms

Security devices are one of the prime attractions of smart home technology, meaning you will find large variety of them. One major decision you will have to make is between DIY solutions or full scale professional security upgrades. Your budget and requirements play an important role in decision you make. For instance, Nest and Icontrol offer great DIY home security at a far lower price than a complete Vivint security system, as this brand offers many more professional features and security benefits.

Icontrol home security camera

Icontrol, is an example of a DIY security system that offers good security and value

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  1. Setup: the base of your smart home

Buying all the necessary appliances is only the beginning. Setting them up is just as important, and you need to be sure about the process. You can choose whether to hire a technician or do it by yourself. The former option will cost you, as regular technicians usually charge around 65 USD per hour. Most wired setups are usually done by an expert, but in the case of DIY devices, you’ll usually have to set them up yourself. And so, while buying your smart devices, you’ll have to know what kind of setup they require, and whether you’re capable of doing the setup yourself.

Technician setting up wireless network

Looking to opt for a solo setup or a professional one?

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  1. Retrofitting: a smart decision, a smarter home

While tearing through your walls in order build a smart home environment from scratch is fun, it is also a costly affair. Most manufacturers realize this and hence create products that can be integrated with your existing home appliances, in order to make them smarter. Devices such as Ambi Climate and Tado can turn your standalone AC into an automated, remote controlled smart device. This is an effective alternative for those who do not have central heating and cooling that use smart technologies like Nest.

Ambi Climate device with predictive climate control

Turn your regular AC into a smart one with Ambi Climate

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  1. Know your devices and their features

Every smart device has its own set of features, all of which have their own benefits and drawbacks. It’s up to you to decide what works best for your home as per your budget and needs. In order to make well-informed choices regarding your smart home, you must be fully aware of what your devices offer, and how it fits in your smart home vision.

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Now that you’re quite clear on what you need, and are able to sift through the dense amount of smart devices and appliances out there, you’re one step closer to a more intelligent lifestyle. If you have any queries and doubts, do contact us, and we’ll put you through to an expert who can guide you.

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