Technology is getting smarter and smarter, and for the most part that’s good news! Smart devices offer a world of options that you can control and even automate to your heart’s desire, saving you time, mental energy, and even money in certain cases.
And as smart devices become more common, they get cheaper and easier to use too. You don’t need to be a tech wizard in order to install most smart devices, so anyone can take advantage of the benefits they offer!
Today I’ll be sharing 7 different smart devices that you can install as a DIY home upgrade! Add one or add them all to make your home as exactly as “smart” as you want it to be. :-)
Note: If you’re not particularly confident in your installation skills, be sure to consult the “difficulty rating” I included for each device! The scale is from 1-3, with 1 being the easiest to install and 3 requiring the most time and effort.
7 Smart Devices You Can Install To Upgrade Your Home
A smart speaker can do much more than just play your favorite songs, podcasts, and audiobooks—it also gives you access to a “digital assistant!” Whether you prefer Alexa or Siri or Google Assistant, any of these helpers can set reminders, keep your shopping list, and even control other smart devices you have around the house.
Difficulty: 2. Not complicated, but requires a lot of logging in to get things up and running.
Smart light bulbs are easy to install in your existing light fixtures. And once you get the up and running, you can control them from your phone or even program to your own specifications.
For instance, if you want your lights to turn on when it gets dark, you can program them to turn on at whatever time the sun sets (and they’ll adjust automatically over time too!) You can also pick different colors and temperatures for your lighting according to your personal preferences.
One of the most popular smart light products is the Philips Hue Starter Kit ($99), which comes with 4 smart bulbs and a WiFi control hub.
Difficulty: 2. The light bulbs take seconds to install, but the hub and app require some extra setup.
Having a smart thermostat is not only convenient, but it can help you make smarter choices about your energy use at home! It’s easy to program the temperature so your house is nice and warm when you’re usually home, and conserves energy when you’re at work.
If you already have a digital thermostat, it should be relatively straightforward to upgrade to a smart thermostat like the ecobee4 ($200). If you don’t have a digital thermostat, you may want to contact a local HVAC company about their installation services.
Difficulty: 3. To swap out your current digital thermostat, you’ll need a few tools and some basic knowledge of wiring.
Smart doorbells typically include motion detection and a camera, so you can see who’s at your front door before they’ve even knocked. Most even allow you to speak through the doorbell via a smartphone app, so you can talk to visitors waiting at the door!
The Ring video doorbell ($100) is a popular option, and includes all the necessary tools for installation.
Difficulty: 3. Like the smart thermostat above, this project requires a bit of time, effort, and some wiring.
5. Door Lock
With a smart lock on your front door, you never have to worry about finding a clever hiding spot for your spare key. If you need to let someone in, you can send them an electronic key from your smart lock app that will give them access to the door for a specific period of time.
The August smart lock ($100) works with most single-cylinder deadbolts, so you can keep your existing lock and keys. However, you do need to buy a separate WiFi bridge ($62) to connect the lock to the internet.
Difficulty: 2. As long as the deadbolt is compatible with your current lock, installation should be fairly straightforward!
Smart plugs offer a simple and inexpensive way to control electronic items around your home! Plug your Christmas tree into a smart plug to turn the lights on from your smartphone, or plug your coffee pot into one to program it to turn on when you wake up in the morning.
The Alexa smart plug ($25) and the Gosund mini smart plug ($9) are two of the more popular options on Amazon, but there are dozens of different options to choose from. Many are compatible with your favorite digital assistant, making it easy to connect to your existing system.
Difficulty: 1. Couldn’t be easier! Just plug it in and control it with a smartphone app.
7. Security Cameras
Indoor cameras can come in handy whether in you’re at home yourself or out and about! Use an indoor camera to monitor what’s going on in your living room from your desk at work, or while you relax in the bath.
The Ring indoor camera ($60) is reasonably affordable, especially considering that it offers HD video, a microphone, and a speaker for two-way communication!
Difficulty: 1. Just plug it in and set it up in the app!
If you’ve been thinking about incorporating some smart devices into your life, any of the items I listed above would be a great option! And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for great deals on these and other smart devices for your home!
Do you use any smart devices at home?