Have you ever rushed out of the house and wondered if you locked the door? Instead of second-guessing yourself, check your smart phone or tablet for instant confirmation and peace of mind. On the off chance you did forget – don’t fret. Remotely bolt your connected door locks with a few simple swipes on your smart home app.
Even though it sounds too good to be true, the future has arrived. Experts from The Home Depot Canada share smart home tips on how you can gain quick and secure access to your home from anywhere in the world:
SAFETY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Smart homes have redefined the meaning of a safe home. “With Wi-Fi-enabled security systems, you are notified the moment someone enters your home,” says Craig Bowler, smart home product expert and merchant. “Or, you can use security smart cams for real-time visuals, viewed directly from your device.” You will always know if your kids have arrived safely after school.
Worried about leaving your home unattended while you’re on vacation? Use smart light bulbs to make it appear as though you are home. Perhaps you are a snowbird and worried about temperature drops or power outages. No problem. Smart thermostats will send instant alerts to your smart device.
MAKE LIFE EASIER
A smart home isn’t just about remote control, or enhanced security. It also offers simple conveniences that make life easier.
Already cozy in bed but forgot to close the blinds downstairs? With the touch of a button on your phone, you can control the individual smart light bulbs, switches and blinds from anywhere in the world, including the comfort of your bedroom.
KEEP IT GREEN
Smart home products lower your home energy usage with a variety of innovations that benefit both the environment and your bank account.
If you left the house early for work and the sprinkler is set to run, but you notice it rained all morning you can avoid overwatering with smart sprinklers. They leverage technology to sense local weather and humidity. “Smart thermostats let you adjust the temperature of your home to avoid wasting energy,” says Bowler. Some smart thermostats, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, also learn your daily temperature preferences, and begin to make adjustments accordingly.