You like gadgets, gizmos, and the idea of home automation makes your heart swell with excitement. Aside from the fun and cool factors, smart home technology may often save you money in the long run and give you peace of mind. However, the high costs of the technology can cause many people to omit a smart system from their home.
Just because you don't have thousands of dollars to put into a new system doesn't mean that you should be denied smart home tech. Here are some smart home technologies that are both amazing and affordable:
For a few hundred dollars, you can have a voice-controlled thermostat that also lets you control the temperature of your home using your smartphone. This added control helps you to save money every year since you can turn down or turn off your heating and cooling unit when you aren’t home. It's also great for people having a lazy day. When you're home, you’ll be able to adjust the temperature by simply talking -- and no getting up from your desk or TV.
The Honeywell Smart Thermostat not what you're looking for? Check out the Nest Learning Thermostat. While it isn't voice controlled, the Nest offers plenty of other features at an even lower price than the Honeywell unit. The Nest can sense when you’re away from home and will turn your heating and cooling units down when you leave the house. The Nest will also remember the temperatures you like and adjust its schedule according to your specifications.
Ever set the smoke detector off by accident and have a hard time reaching the little button to turn it off? With the Nest Protect Smoke and CO Detector, all you have to do is wave your hand in front of the unit.
Another Nest product, the Nest smoke and CO detector is one of the best units out there. At $130, it is an absolute steal. The detector talks to you when there’s an emergency and will tell you where the problem is so you can either address it or evacuate. All of Nest's products communicate together, so if you get the thermostat, consider the smoke and CO detector as well.
This door lock is connected to your smartphone and key fobs. All you need to do is walk up, touch the lock with the fob or use your phone to unlock the door. It's all operated by Bluetooth technology!
One of the best things about this door lock is that it isn't any more difficult to install than a regular door lock. Additionally, the Kevo app and website allow you to track when your door is opened and who has access to your home.
If you're more worried about mold and water problems inside your house than you are the front and back doors, then you may want to take a look at the Wally home system. The Wally home system uses a number of sensors to detect things like water leaks, humidity trends, and mold growth. The idea behind the system is that you would be able to catch small problems before they turn into big ones. The Wally system is connected to your smartphone and your computer and lets you monitor your house. The best part? The sensors are affordable at $299.
So, what do you think? Now that you've seen a list of fairly affordable home tech gadgets, do you think you'll begin the smart home transformation?