Tech Tools Make Your Home Smarter, Safer and More Efficient
Last fall we wrote a post about some of the fun ways the Internet of Things (IoT) can make your home more efficient and, well, intelligent. Here are some more ways your home can make your life a little easier, inspired by recent issues of Dwell and Sunset magazines.
Smart door locks – Did you know that you can open your front door without a key? Companies like Kwikset have been around for a while, but CANDY HOUSE is new to the market and is taking the Kickstarter world by storm with its new product, Sesame, an instant smart lock. You can lock or unlock your home remotely, create your own secret knock to open the door, and grant access to guests. You can even monitor who opens and closes the door and be notified whenever there is an unauthorized entry.
Home technology management – With products like Iris, you can manage your home’s security system, turn lights on and off, lock doors, monitor motion detectors in your home, and more. You’ll need to purchase a starter kit, which starts at $179 and then use either the basic service plan which is free or the premium plan which is $9.99 a month. See Lowe’s online for details and comparisons. Another option is Wink Relay, a wall-mounted touch screen that controls a variety of products, starting at $300.
Home security systems – From motion detection to video monitoring, you can secure your house whether you are home or away. Popular options include Canary and Dropcam by Nest, but there are many options available. For further security, check out Piper which has a 105-decibel siren that goes off while you are away or on vacation.
Other smart home tools – You can also equip your home with smart audio for stereo sound throughout your home, smart appliances including refrigerators, and tools to manage your thermostat, lighting, small appliances and lawn watering. Search online for Home Automation and Smart Home Technology or check out online stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s.