Devices to make your home a smart home are becoming increasingly popular. Smart homes make life easier for us and with them we contribute to energy saving, and saving our money! The best-selling systems were those related to energy management.
Controlling high spending on heating is one of our goals every winter. Smart thermostats are a good solution. Choose the temperature at which you want your home to be from your mobile or automate an ignition function every day at the same time. Coming home from work and your house is warm is priceless, and if this also helps you save a few dollars at the end of the month, what more can you ask?
Honeywell, Nest, Netatmo, Somfy or Tado are some of the most popular brands, both for their functionalities and usability as well as for their design.
Smart plugs allow you to control any device connected to them, being able to turn it on and off at any time. There are from analog sockets, which work with a timer, to more digital, which are controlled with an app.
The more digital and sophisticated may have features such as ‘away mode’, which turns them on and off randomly when you’re away to look like someone is at home; consumption monitoring, to know how much a particular device consumes; connection to virtual assistants (Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant); or synchronization with other intelligent devices, such as Apple TV or Amazon Echo.
Amazon Smart Plug, Belkin, Etekcity, Orbegozo, TECKIN, TP-Link or Xiaomi with its intelligent terminal block are some of the best-selling brands.
An air purifier can help you optimize air quality and provide maximum comfort in the home. In times of colds, it is a good ally to combat harmful agents such as bacteria and viruses, and return cleaner air.
Digitization allows the user to decide what percentage of air filtering the device is going to do through an application for his smartphone, in which we will see the amount of dirt that the device has collected from the environment and we can turn it on and off.
The well-known Philips, LG and Dyson have in the market innovative air purification devices. High-end, though. Others, such as Wynd’s portable model, are cheaper.
The ultimate quilt
And finally, the Smartduvet Breeze intelligent duvet, a product that allows – through the mobile phone – to choose different temperatures on both sides of the bed. A revolutionary innovation that could save more than one marriage. And if that weren’t enough, the bed is made by itself!
“We spend, on average, 8 times more time in our bed than in our car, but for some reason our cars have air conditioning and automatic parking, while the beds have remained the same for hundreds of years,” they claim in the company’s announcement.
And yes: what our grandmother did, still works
Even if you are at the cutting edge of technology, don’t forget the basic ‘analog’ measures for a comfortable, warm home and don’t give yourself a scare at the end of the month with your energy bill:
- Check the doors and windows, bad insulation can lose up to 30% of the heat.
- Prepare your boiler: make a tune-up before the coldest days start and always have a reliable repair number on hand.
- Correct the pressure losses of the radiators, repair them and clean them. And remember that you lose efficiency if you put things on them!
- Take advantage of the sun, raising the blinds during the day and lowering them at night you will notice that the heat is kept at home. And if you need to ventilate, do so at the hottest time (it will always be around noon).
- Put winter clothes at home too! Take the opportunity to place carpets, blankets and cushions on the sofa and duvets on the beds to give you warmth.
Finally, don’t forget safety
Remember that by making your home a smart home, you are inserting devices into it which, in some cases, will have access to sensitive information. The devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) offer vulnerabilities that are easily exploited by hackers.
So don’t forget to take precautions when using this type of device. After all, if we have shielded physical doors to scare away thieves, why not also shield the virtual access to our home?