Whether you are moving into own your home or rent your space, high-tech options can help you turn it into a smart home. When setting up a new house, why not set it up as a smart home? Thanks to modern technology, it’s easy to create a DIY smart home that gives you the best creature comforts without breaking the bank.
If you’re ready to take on a smart house project, you first need to prioritize what you want most from your home — and then look at what’s practical. For example, if you’re renting your home or an apartment, then you don’t want to decide on a project that requires cutting through existing walls. Instead, you can look at wireless options and see which are right for you.
The following three DIY smart home projects are fairly easy to perform and can add a lot of convenience to your daily life while saving you time and money.
The Simple Smart House
One of the easiest starting points is to add a voice-controlled device like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomePod to serve as your smart home’s control center. Many smart devices require you to download an app, but having a voice-controlled digital assistant saves time by pairing with devices and allowing you to control each function with your voice rather than by opening the app each time. From watching TV to checking the weather, this assistant will make your life faster and easier.
Create your own “command center” with the right furniture that complements your high-tech home. This is the perfect time to create a new look for your living space, and whether you want to change out your entire living room or just want to add some attractive accent pieces, it’s the perfect way to enjoy your new smart home.
Light It Up
Smart lights are a simple addition, but you will quickly wonder how you ever lived without them. New LED lights are not only brighter than those old halogens, they also last much longer and are more energy efficient. They might cost more up front, but you save money over the long run — and frequently changing out light bulbs becomes a thing of the past.
These smart bulbs work with your existing lamps, so a great starting place is to find a lamp you love, then fit it with smart bulbs.
Kits like the Phillips Hue starter pack are about as easy as it gets for installing smart lighting. Simply screw in the bulbs, connect the app, and control your lights without ever hitting a switch.
Automate Your Thermostat
One of the biggest expenses for your home is heating and cooling, and automated thermostats take the programmable thermostat concept and kick it up a notch. From the Nest thermostat to add-on devices like Sensibo, it’s now possible to monitor your home’s temperature, adjust it remotely from your phone, and change the settings with your voice. Better yet, these programs learn your habits over time and make predicted temperature adjustments on their own to save you money. It is the perfect way to enjoy the perfect temperature from a cozy spot on your couch.
When you’re ready to create a new look for your smart home, CORT Furniture Rental can help with full furniture layouts as well as individual pieces to help you complete each room. The wide selection fits every design style, making it easy to find the right look for your new smart home.
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