Millions of people are making the switch to smart homes. Not only do smart devices make tasks easier, but they can save people money by reducing utility costs. If you are not sure where to start with converting your home, follow these five tips:

  1. A Google Nest Mini sitting on a windowsill.

    1. Choose a Virtual Assistant

    Virtual assistants help you to manage your smart home better by allowing you to give voice commands that activate thermostats, turn on the lights, open door locks, operate security systems, and control other smart devices. Virtual assistants can even learn your habits so you do not have to issue commands when you need household tasks done. Popular virtual assistants include Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.

  2. The Great Room of an Avery Move-in Ready Home.
    The Great Room of a Move-in Ready Avery home. Please note that smart lighting is not a standard home feature. [View Floorplan]

    2. Get Smart Lighting

    Smart lighting is simply a type of lighting that can be controlled by voice commands via an app on a smartphone. You can use the app to increase or decrease lighting, change bulb color, and create the ambiance you need for different situations. Smart lighting uses smart bulbs, wifi or internet connections, motion sensors, dimmer switches, and other devices to help you control lighting in your home.

  3. A pre-installed Nest thermostat at a Move-in Ready Pasatiempo home.
    Smart thermostats are a standard feature in all of our homes. [Learn more about Eco-Smart]

    3. Install a Smart Thermostat

    Smart thermostats are devices that allow you to control the temperature in your home based on several factors including time of day, number of people in the home, and even the season. These devices can be controlled locally and even remotely. Smart thermostats help you to save on energy costs and make your home comfortable in preparation for your return home.

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  5. Kwikset Contemporary Smart Lock
    Smart Locks are a standard, included feature on all of our floorplans.

    4. Lock Your Doors

    Smart locks are wifi-enabled security devices that allow you to open and lock doors via an app on your smartphone or computer. Smart locks have several features including keyless entry options, the ability to create entry codes for friends, family, cleaners, and even pets. There is also the ability to send an alert if someone tries to break in.

  6. A man viewing video feeds from his smart security system's app on his phone.
    Video doorbells and security alarm systems are standard, included features on all of our floorplans.

    5. Install Smart Home Security

    A smart home security system makes use of smart doorbells, cameras, lights, and other components to keep your home safe. All of these devices are controlled via an app on handheld devices. A smart home system can alert you to the presence of intruders and even let you monitor the movement of people in the home. It is easy to use and highly effective, ensuring that you and your family are kept secure throughout the house.

In Conclusion

There are smart devices that can assist with dozens of tasks. From home security to providing a party atmosphere, you have many options when it comes to smart technology. Look at the popular brands and pick one that best meets your needs.