DIY Tips and Devices for Creating a Smart Home

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Smart homes are the wave of the future, remember the Jetsons? Well we are not far off from that now with more and more home technologies being developed. We may not have home robots yet but we do have new apps and devices that are turning our homes into Smart Homes. I found this great article from US Cellular that gives you DIY tips on how to turn your home into a newly efficient smart home. Enjoy these DIY tips below.

See the Light with Smart Lightbulbs

One of the easiest smart home gadgets to install, and one of the most fun to use, is the smart light bulb.

Installation is as simple as changing normal light bulb. Once installed, just connect it to the app on your Smartphone or Tablet. From there, you can turn the light on or off, change the color of the light and set timers to have it automatically switch on or off.

Be Secure with a Wi-Fi Camera

Another useful and easy-to-install smart home gadget is a security camera.

Outdoor cameras like the Nest Cam connect to Wi-Fi and feed HD footage 24/7 to a mobile app on your smart device. There is also an indoor version in case you want to check up on something inside the house from an outside location.

The Nest Cam is extremely easy to install, with no special skills, tools or knowledge required. Simply remove it from the box, connect the cables and the app will guide you through the rest.

Detect Carbon Monoxide

It may not be the most obvious smart home device, but a smart carbon monoxide alarm can be an easy upgrade for great peace of mind in your home.

The Protect Smoke and CO Alarm from Nest will monitor for smoke and carbon monoxide, and will notify you with customizable alarms. Through the app, you’ll be notified of any problems, like a low battery or sensor failure, and can depend on the emergency shutoff to activate if there’s trouble.

Be Energy-Wise with a Smart Thermostat

Perhaps one of the most useful smart home devices and an early favorite, smart thermostats like the original from Nest will learn your schedule and will adjust to your preferred temperature settings.

Installation is a little more involved than some other smart devices since you’ll have to remove your old thermostat and do some simple wiring, but anyone who can operate a screwdriver should still find it simple and straightforward.

With a little upfront effort, you can install and use these devices to gain control over your home sweet home.

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