4 Budget-Friendly Smart Home Products
When you were growing up, you probably ordered pizza by calling your favorite place with a rotary phone, you turned out your lights by flipping the switches and you adjusted your thermostat by hand. To say that times have changed is an understatement. Thanks to some really cool advancements in technology, we can now do all of these things and more with smart home devices.
If you would like to add some of this innovative tech to your home but are concerned about breaking the bank, no worries — with some smart shopping, you can definitely make your home smarter too, all while keeping your budget happy. For example, check out the following ideas:
Wire-Free Home Monitoring
If you are in the market for home security cameras, a wire-free security system is a reliable and affordable option. Lorex offers a secure home monitoring system that can be viewed remotely on your mobile device. Instead of paying for costly cabling and installation services, along with a monthly expense for storing footage in the cloud, you can purchase up to six security cameras and install them at various locations around your home. With a long-range wireless signal and high-capacity batteries, these cameras only record when a Passive Infrared sensor detects motion and wakes the camera. This helps you avoid hours of useless footage and wasted battery life.
A Programmable Thermostat
While you can easily drop 200 bucks or more on a smart home thermostat, you can also find more affordable options. In addition to letting you program the thermostat for up to seven days with four program periods per day — which is great if you work outside of the home and want to save money on cooling or heating during the times when no one is there — you can also control certain smart thermostats with your Alexa voice control device. So if you are settled in on the couch to watch your fave program on TV and the room feels a bit warm, you can ask Alexa to turn the A/C on without leaving your spot.
Amazon Echo Dot
Speaking of Alexa, if you have not invested in this type of smart device yet, you will be pleased to know that you can enjoy the convenience of voice-activated technology for about $50. The Echo Dot second generation from Amazon is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to make calls (including ordering the aforementioned pizza), play music, answer questions, tell you the weather, read you audiobooks and more. Even if your home is on the noisy side when your kiddos are around, the Echo Dot can hear you from across the room with seven far-field microphones.
A Smart Plug
Smart plugs allow you to turn any device into a smarter version by letting you control it with an app on your smartphone. You can use it to plug in a floor lamp or you can use it with your Keurig coffee maker and switch on the machine before you get out of bed in the morning. As a bonus, it is so small in size, it won’t block the other plug in the outlet.
Smarter does not mean pricier
It is reassuring to know that you can definitely enter the world of smart homes without having to take out a second mortgage on your house. By doing your homework and researching different types of devices, you can have a more secure home with all the bells and whistles of smart home technology for a reasonable price.