If the first thing you think of when you hear the term smart home is a programmable thermostat, but its time to update your concept of what makes todays homes so, well, smart. Todays smart home technology has evolved to be accessible, adaptable and portable, making it perfect for renters.
Here, well take a look at how you can outfit your apartment with smart essentials to make renting significantly more convenient and safe.
If youre not already using a digital assistant (also known as a virtual voice assistant or smart speaker), these devices may be one of the easiest ways for you to introduce smart technology into your home. Digital assistants, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home, respond to voice commands and are designed to make your life a little simpler.
You can ask your digital assistant to perform a number of tasks, such as play music, read you the news, order groceries, place a phone call or add appointments to your calendar. When synced with other smart devices in your home, digital assistants allow you to adjust lighting, turn appliances on and off and even activate security cameras.
Smart plugs are an inexpensive, easy way to integrate smart home tech into your rental. These devices allow you to remotely control anything that plugs into a wall socket all with a tap of your finger on your smartphone or tablet. At home, you can even use your smart speaker to activate smart plugs with a voice command.
When paired with lighting, smart plugs make your apartment more secure. Plug in your lights, then program the plugs to activate them at random times while youre away. This gives the appearance that youre home and helps deter would-be thieves from breaking into your apartment.
Smart outlets can also optimize energy savings by turning off appliances such as your washing machine or television when not in use. With smart plugs, you never have to worry about leaving a light on all day or forgetting to turn off the oven, since you can manage all your devices and settings from your mobile device.
Smart Window AC Unit
You cant necessarily install a smart thermostat, but you can but youÃÂ canÃÂ have more control over cooling costs with a smart window air conditioner unit. The smart AC units are controlled by Wi-Fi. You can activate them remotely and program them to fit your schedule meaning you can walk into a perfectly cool apartment after workÃÂ withoutÃÂ running up your utility bill.
Ready to go to smart apartment extremes? Consider a smart mattress. These futuristic beds provide sleep tracking, so you can keep track of how many hours you slept. They can also detect optimal wake time based upon your sleep patterns and set an alarm for you. And a smart alarm is only the beginning smart mattresses can also regulate their temperature throughout the night, adjusting constantly to keep your body as comfortable as possible.
If you connect your mattress to a smart home hub or digital assistant, it can kick off your morning the right way. For example, you can set your coffee maker to begin brewing as your smart alarm goes off, and program the lights to turn on as you step out of bed.