7 Smart Home Devices to Make Your Life Easier

Wondering why your home isn’t scoring high on the real estate intelligence test? Turn ordinary living quarters into a smart home with the latest technology designed to make life easier. Say goodbye to feeling overwhelmed and hello to stress relief within your own walls. The right smart home devices offer convenience, improve efficiency, and even enhance the security of your home.

1. Smart Speakers

Add another member to the family with Amazon Echo. Alexa, Echo’s voice-controlled assistant, responds to commands to play your favorite morning tunes, but it can also connect to other devices in your home — such as thermostats and lighting — for additional directives. No need to leave the comfort of your couch; simply dictate your request, and Alexa will make it happen. Consider the Echo Dot, which syncs with Google Assistant (best known for adding items to your to-do list or Google calendar). Talk about time saved.

2. Smart Thermostat

Wondering how to reduce stress — with a thermostat? The Nest Learning Thermostat does more than just maintain your ideal temperature. It saves energy and money without requiring you to do a thing. The smart sensors know when you aren’t at home and automatically adjust the temperature to “away” settings to help conserve energy. You save on your electric bill and maximize your home’s efficiency. Now that’s a load off your mind — and off your circuit breakers.

3. Smart Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Sensors

Home is your place to unwind and relax, and it’s imperative that you feel safe in it. Both smoke and carbon dioxide detectors are available in smart varieties that ping your phone if they sense a problem.

4. Smart Security Cameras

An additional smart safety option is a security camera. There are a variety of smart cameras on the market that alert you when there is suspicious activity, so you can see the mysterious person knocking at your door.

5. Smart Pet Cameras

And if you like to keep an eye on Fido or Fluffy, there are pet cameras available that let you monitor your pet’s activity, and even project your voice into the room. So the next time your furry friend starts eyeing the trash can while you’re out, you can issue a quick command to avoid disaster.

6. Smart Locks and Garage Openers

Skip the stress of finding your house key or wondering where you last left it with a smart lock like August Smart Lock. Did you forget to close the garage door? Newer garage door openers connect to apps that allow you to see if it’s closed or open from anywhere.

7. Smart Lighting

Want to feel like someone is waiting up for you after a late night out? Use smart bulbs to come home to a warm glow. These motion-detected lights are not only smart, they can save you money. Decide how bright you want each room in your home using an app, and program the lights to turn on when you walk through the door. Philips Hue offers a variety of options for all your lighting needs.

No matter which devices you choose, technology and furnishings work together to make any house feel like home. CORT Furniture Rental offers a stress-free, convenient way to furnish a nook, a whole room, or your entire house.

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