When you think of home automation, you might only think about central control hubs that access everything in your home. Perhaps you’re thinking of a system that you run from your smartphone. If you’re limiting home automation to a smartphone or control panel, then you’re likely missing out on gadgets that don’t require a “central hub.” Take a look at these useful home automation gadgets that truly work on their own:
Solar lighting is easy to install and has come down in price over the years, helping to make this no-smartphone upgrade a cinch. Solar lights come in several forms, such as stake lighting for your lawn to illuminate paths, and overhead area lights for doorways and driveways. Since solar lights don’t need electricity or much maintenance, they’re a simple addition to your home, and you’ll never need to remember to turn on or program your outdoor lighting.
Automatic Door Openers
Another thing you don’t necessarily need a smartphone for is an automatic door opener. Imagine coming home after a long day of work: no one is home, and your arms are full of groceries. Now imagine the doors automatically opening (and closing) when you walk toward (and away from) the door. Automatic door openers have all the frills of highly sophisticated home automation, but are easily obtained by adding an upgrade to your existing doors.
Some heavy-duty door openers will open and
close the door, which means easy entry and quick exits so you don’t have to worry about locking up. These are especially important home automation gadgets in the case that you or someone you live with has a physical handicap.
Start saving money with this useful automatic electricity saver. Electric strips make it easy to plug your appliances in and forget about them. But the simple truth is that a lot of your appliances pull energy even when they’re in standby mode. Smart Strips, however, detect when an appliance has entered that standby mode, and will stop feeding it power.
By now, you’ve likely heard of robotic vacuums and floor cleaners
, the most popular of which is the Roomba. The first Roomba automated vacuum debuted in 2002, and since then the manufacturer, iRobot, has continued to refine the Roomba and offer additional models. The sensors in the Roomba allow it to detect dirty sections of the floor, steep drops, and to find its charging station at the end of a cleaning session. The Roomba and other similar robotic vacuums run on batteries, so no smartphones are necessary.
Automating your home without a smartphone is entirely possible, especially once you know what to look for. So, invest in some solar lighting, snag a Smart Strip™, and check out a door opener—your home will be smarter and more efficient in no time!