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10 Iot Devices That Can Make Your Home Smarter

How Smart Will You Make Your Home?

The Digital Age is here, and it is here to stay. Forget about that robot butler that Paulie from the Rocky movies had. In 2019, we’ve made some real headway in regards to smart/convenience technology with IoT devices, and it is almost staggering.

IoT, or internet of things (hokey name I know), devices offer up numerous services for the technically inclined homeowner. Whether you are in need of assistance, or simply wish to take a load off and delegate some of your duties to a smart device, you can do that.

Looking at the smart device statistics, the future of this industry is looking very bright. 58% of millennials and 50% of Gen Xers have smart devices with voice control already in their homes. The majority of smart device owners plan on getting more smart devices in the future. A recent survey has indicated that 71% of consumers expect at least one smart device to be found in every home by the year 2025. These smart devices save consumers both time and money.

Some of these smart devices are relatively simple and inexpensive whereas others, such as advanced surveillance cameras, are much costlier. Many smart devices have been on the market for quite some time, and others have become available more recently. But what are some of the specific functions IoT devices are capable of? I’m glad you asked! Let’s fill you in.

Control Your Energy Consumption

You’re in the car on your way home on a hot midsummer day. Once you get into the house, it feels like a sauna inside. You turn on the air conditioner but have to wait a few minutes before it kicks in. That’s how it used to be.

With a smart device such as the Nest Learning Thermostat this scenario is a thing of the past. The Nest Learning Thermostat adapts to your lifestyle and the changing of the seasons, and automatically adjusts itself accordingly. You only need to program it once a week, and it will take care of the rest. And this can all be done from your smartphone.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is also a major energy saver, thanks to it being able to figure out your optimal temperature settings. This can save consumers a lot of money on heating and cooling bills. A leaf on the display indicates when you are saving energy and you can view your savings in a monthly report on your phone.

Have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night to change the thermostat and found yourself clawing around in the dark to find it? Unlike the thermostats of old that are white and blend in with the walls and are nigh-impossible to see at night, the Nest Learning Thermostat lights up and displays the time whenever you get near it. So if you ever decide to make some manual adjustments to the temperature in your home during the night, you won’t bump into walls anymore.

The thermostat also has a furnace monitor and geofencing support. This thermostat is pricey, but Nest does have another thermostat with most of the smart features at a lower price if you are looking to save a few bucks.