Automating your curtains lets you schedule when it opens and closes. For example, you can set it to open when you’re supposed to rise and close when it’s time for bed, allowing you to start and end your day with a good feeling. In case you need a few minutes more, a quick voice command like “Echo, turn Sleep In” will close the shades again.
If you want to, you can also sync it with your smart lights. When the curtains draw open, the dim lights can automatically turn off. Another idea would be syncing it with your smoke sensors or other safety alarms. You can set the blinds to open instantly when the smoke alarm goes off.
Entertainment automation is one of the best features that make the most of your smart devices. With your smart speakers, you can play music in every room in your house simultaneously. This makes it convenient to set up the mood you want to create—the cool factor is a bonus.
You can also create an IFTTT (If This Then That) command where you play specific playlists depending on your activity. For instance, when you’re working, you can ask Google Assistant to “play your cafe playlist” or your workout playlist when exercising.
Admit it; you’ve left your doors unlocked at least once in your life when you rushed out of the house. Smart door locks take care of this problem and more. Doors can automatically lock when you’re out of the house. Plus, you can lock and unlock doors and monitor your home even when you’re away through the app.
Additionally, setting up a doorbell camera to supplement your security lets you see and speak with visitors through your smartphone screen. Indeed, home automation will give you the peace of mind you need when in or out of the house.
So, you’ve managed to install several smart devices in your home. To maximize their features, sync them with other devices, create automation commands, and control them with a single device.
You can create text alerts that notify you when someone leaves the house (e.g., when your child goes out without permission). With the help of IFTTT, you can experiment with home automation recipes. For instance, you can set your smart light in the bedroom to blink whenever someone rings your doorbell.
One of the trendy smart devices these days is robot vacuum cleaners. They sweep the floors clean and work on their own, allowing you to focus on what you’re doing while the house gets clean. But did you know that you can command Google or Alexa to clean a specific part of your house using a smart vacuum?
Some smart vacuum cleaners have an accompanying app, while others can map out your home’s coordinates and every room in it. With this, you can create an IFTTT recipe with your voice assistant as the trigger. Give a simple command of “Hey, Google. Clean the kitchen floor,” and the robot vacuum will automatically do its job. Here’s a more detailed guide to help you set up room-cleaning automation.
Smart plugs are the little helpers that instantly “smartify” anything that plugs into the outlet. When you connect your non-smart appliances to these, you can switch them on and off with your phone when you’re about to leave the house or go to sleep.
If you own plants and set up a humidifier and lights for them, you can schedule them to turn on and off when you need them to, allowing you to save on electricity. Another example is when using coffee makers. Connect your coffee maker to a smart plug and set a time for it to turn on (and turn the pot off after a set period).
Using smart LED Wi-Fi bulbs that work with voice assistants lets you control your home’s lighting in your device. Most people start their smart home journey with smart lights, and there are many things you can do with them. You can schedule them to turn on and off at a specific time and in certain rooms.
What’s more, you can set a “reading time” command where the bedside lamp is set at a warm low light level comfortable enough for reading. For energy-saving purposes, you can automate the lights to adjust at a certain level when the natural light in the room is more prominent.
With the right smart devices and command recipes, home automation can work seamlessly with any appliance in your home. When you streamline your smart home and design it to match the life you live, you can enjoy waking up to the smell of fresh coffee while your automatic curtains wake you up as it lights up the room in the morning and more.
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