A popular trend that has developed in recent years has been to make homes ‘smart.’
Basically, a ‘smart home’ is defined as any home that has appliances or devices connected to the internet so you can automate their function or control them via a smartphone. In addition to making actual houses ‘smart,’ you can do to the same thing to homes on wheels such as RV’s and travel trailers as well.
Here are the top five things you need in a smart home system:
1 – Smart Hub
The first thing you need for a smart home is a smart home hub, which provides the platform through which you will control and automate your smart home devices.
In other words, without the hub, your devices and appliances will not be able to communicate with one another. Your smart hub is what allows you to automate your doors, your window blinds, your music, your thermostat, your lights, and so on and so forth.
2 – Smart Plugs
The next thing you will need for your smart home is a smart plug (or switch). This is the easiest way for you to make any device or appliance in your home smart.
If you want to connect one of your lamps to a smart switch, for example, then all you would need to do is plug the switch into an electrical outlet in your wall and you will then be able to control the lamp from your phone.
3 – Smart Lights
Yes, there really is such a thing as ‘smart lights,’ and the reason why smart lights will be a superior choice for a smart home versus the lights you already have installed is an economical one: they can reduce your monthly energy bill.
Every smart light sold on the market is currently an LED, which are far less costly in contrast to fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. And of course, you can control smart lights from your phone, and even set regular schedules for when they will switch on and off.
4 – Smart Speaker
Who says you have to use your phone to control the appliances and devices in your home? You can also just as easily use your voice to speak the commands with the aid of a smart speaker. Smart speakers are also cool because they can tell you recipes, play music, allow you to order food, and tell you current events and the weather.
5 – Security Cameras
Last but not least, strongly consider investing in security cameras for your smart home as well. They simply allow you to keep an extra eye on what’s going on in your house and around your property, and you’ll be able to watch via your computer or phone. Make sure that your security cameras are installed with night vision and allow you to record while you are not at home.
Buying A Smart Home System
If a smart home system is indeed something that you would like to invest in for your home or RV, the devices we have covered in this article should be at the top of your list of things to buy first.