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What is a smart home?

Find out what smart technology is and how it can transform your home.

Love the idea of returning home to the perfect cosy temperature? Constantly trying to remember if you've left the lights on? Sounds like you need to join the smart home revolution. From lighting and thermostats to security cameras and voice assistants, smart appliances can be controlled and monitored from your compatible smartphone, wherever you are. Find out what a smart home is and how this incredible technology can transform your life.

How does a smart home work?

Your current home internet network gives you the power to start building your very own smart home. Once you've upgraded to a bunch of smart appliances and hooked them up to the internet, you've created your very own connected home. This is where things get clever - most of the products come with smartphone apps that you can use to control the devices remotely. So, there’ll be no more panicking on the bus thinking you’ve left your speakers blasting your morning tunes. Load up the app on your compatible smart phone, check Wham aren’t still playing and then simply switch it off. Your neighbours will thank you.

What can a smart home do?

Having smart technology can go a long way to keeping your home safe and secure. Whether it’s a camera keeping an eye on the inside and outside of your house or a smart plug you can remotely switch off if you’ve left the straighteners plugged in, smart devices are smart because they’re built with you in mind. A smart home helps you look after those pennies too. Not sure if you’ve turned the heating off? The app for your thermostat not only lets you flick it on or off anywhere, you can also check how much water and electricity you’re using, helping you to save on your energy bills.

What are smart home appliances?

Here’s a quick round-up of the best smart appliances and what they can do for you. Smart, right? Sorry, here you go:

  • Lighting – whether you’re out and want to make it look like someone’s in or you just can’t be bothered getting out of bed to find the switch, smart light bulbs can be controlled anywhere
  • Speakers – play music, ask questions, set reminders and more all with the power of your voice
  • Cameras – keep an eye on the pets or the garden from your phone
  • Doorbells – know who’s knocking wherever you are
  • Thermostats – make your home toasty before you walk through the door
  • Plugs – never leave the iron on ever again
  • Smart item finders – pin the finder to anything precious. Then use the app to locate it and watch as your keys are driven around in the back of the taxi you left them in…
  • Smart smoke and CO alarms – detects the type of smoke so the whole house won’t wake up if it’s just your morning toast crisping up a little.

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