Turning your home into a smart home using inexpensive devices is a wonderful way to help simplify your life. Nowadays, there are more DIY home automation systems available than there were in the past that are affordable, easy to install, and simple to monitor. Just about any tech-savvy homeowner can convert their home into a place where lights, thermostats, security, and other home systems can be controlled with a wide range of devices that can cost no more than a few hundred dollars.
You don’t have to break the bank to make your home smart. Just remember that at the end of the day it’s an investment that in most cases can help you save even more money on your utility bill. Below are some examples of inexpensive smart home devices that can simplify your life.
DIY Home Controllers
In order for most of your smart home devices to communicate with each other you’ll need a home controller to manage them. Think of a home controller as the central brain of your home automation system that uses a unique wireless communication protocol (Z-Wave, Zigbee, WiFi, etc.) for communicating. In the past, home automation controllers were expensive and often times needed a lot wiring work done in a house. But with various wireless options available today, homeowners can pretty much set up their own home automation system without spending thousands of dollars. There are also affordable home automation starter kits available, which usually include a hub/controller and a pair of switches. You could always purchase a starter kit and slowly build up your home automation system to control lighting, security, irrigation, thermostat, intercom, and other systems to make life easier at home.
Besides turning on your lights, smart switches can also be programmed to turn on scenes. Just flip the switch, and a pre-programmed scene can come to life. So imagine waking up in the morning and as you walk to the bathroom, you flip a switch that could include a scene that turns on the bathroom lights, kitchen lights, coffee machine, television set, and thermostat to a certain temperature. By utilizing one smart switch, your morning routine can easily be simplified. Just keep in mind that not all appliances are smart-home ready, you will have to use plug-in modules to make them smart, which are pretty affordable on their own.
Central Vacuum System
A central vacuum system may seem expensive at the start, but it’s really an investment that could save you money in the long run since you won’t have to replace it every few years like you would a portable vacuum. A central vacuum system can last for up to 10 years before needing to replace a major accessory. It also makes vacuuming a simple chore because you won’t have to lug around a heavy, portable vacuum or deal with its messy cords that never seem to be long enough. To vacuum your home, all you would need is a lightweight hose or a brush that connects to a network of valves, that are typically located on walls or floors in various locations of your home. For a more detailed explanation of how a central vacuum system works, you can visit our blog: What is a Central Vacuum System, and Why Would I Want One?
WiFi Enabled Video Doorbells
Have you ever been interrupted by an unexpected visitor after being comfortable on the couch, watching your favorite television show? Or have you missed an important delivery because your were at work or away from your home? Both scenarios are common and can now be avoided with the use of a WiFi enabled, video doorbell. The ability to answer your front door using a mobile device is now possible because WiFi enabled video doorbells offer a real-time video feed with two-way audio on your smartphone so you can literally answer your front door while you’re at work or on the couch in your living room. There are a variety of WiFi enabled doorbells available, each offering similar features at inexpensive prices. For a more detailed explanation, you can visit our blog: New Internet Video Door Answering Options.
For those of you who own chickens and are wondering if there’s a way to automatically open and close the door on your chicken coop, you’ll be thrilled to know that there is. The Add-A-Motor Chicken Coop Motor does exactly that and is really affordable. By installing this motor to your chicken coop door, you’ll be able to set multiple door openings and closing each day, which means you won’t have to physically do it yourself, or worry about small predators sneaking in to steal the eggs. The Add-A-Motor gives you the freedom to do other things and the peace of mind knowing that your hens will be taken care of while you’re away. Add-A-Motor also produces the Add-A-Motor Drapery Motor for Existing Drapery. This device only takes about 15 minutes to install and can be set to automatically open or close your draperies and vertical blinds. This means you can go about your day without having to worry about manually opening or closing your window coverings, which could come in handy if you have window coverings in hard to reach places.
If you would like to simplify your life using inexpensive home automation devices, Home Controls can help. Just call our toll-free number at 858-693-8887 (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific, Monday – Friday) for free support and product advice.