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Gone are the days when only a select few could afford home automation. Today many people use automation of some form in their homes for increased convenience, comfort, security and energy efficiency. 


There are numerous smart products available today but it isn’t until you can orchestrate how they work together that you truly experience the benefits of a smart home. 


A smart home is one in which your appliances and systems are internet-connected so you can monitor and manage them remotely. Different components connect to a smart home hub that pulls everything together under a single user interface. 


Voice-controlled assistants, such as Alexa, Siri and Google Home, make it possible to control smart home products with simple commands via your smartphone. 


Building the foundation of your smart home


Many smart home devices have their own apps that allow you to control basic functions. Others allow you to control devices through the hub’s app. Some products fall into both categories where you can use apps or a smart home platform. 


With so many products and ecosystems, it can be difficult to decide what you need. It’s best to start with a few products and build from there as you master how they work. 


Home security


Many people start with a home security system. An entry-level system may consist of some window and door sensors, a hub to control them and a motion detector. 


A more comprehensive system may include outdoor and indoor surveillance cameras, door locks, garage door openers, lights, water sensors, sirens, and more. All you need for monitoring and controlling these devices is your smartphone and an app. 


Alamo Smart Home, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves all of Texas and has satellite offices in both Austin and Houston. The company offers entry-level and more comprehensive systems and you can get a free quote by entering your details on a contact form on the website at 


Other smart options


The first products you choose should be as widely compatible as possible, so you can start building up your smart home without having to worry about future conflicts. Some of the following products are suitable first choices. 


  • Smart doorbells with cameras so you can see who is standing on your front porch.

  • Smart locks so you can lock or unlock doors from your phone. 

  • Smart thermostats so you can adjust your heating or air conditioning according to the time of day. Some thermostats have multiple sensors you can place in each room of your home. 

  • Smart bulbs allow you to control individual lights or groups of lights from your phone. They can turn on or off automatically based on different triggers and you can set up different color temperatures and brightness levels. Smart switches are an alternative to smart bulbs and you can use them to control lights already built into your home. 


Various other options include smart home theaters, robot vacuums that clean your home automatically, smart sprinkler systems that will water your garden based on the weather and smart kitchen appliances you can operate remotely. 


Controlling it all


As you grow the different components of your smart home, a hub will help you to integrate them all. Voice assistants are also a good buy, even early in the journey towards a smart home. Being able to control the TV, lights and air conditioner with your voice is very convenient. 


Rather than indiscriminate buying, target the pain points in your life and find ways to deal with them. At the end of the day, the smart devices you choose should make your life easier, not more difficult. 

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2020 10:09 PM | Back to top

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