3 Ways A Smart Home Can Improve Your Life

- Aug 15, 2019-

Your phone is smart. Your kids are smart. Your home should be smart, too.
Now it can be.

Here are nine ways that a smart home can protect your family and property, save you money, and make you feel like a superhero by giving you powers you’ve only dreamed of.

1. You Can Lock & Unlock Doors With Your Mind

We think that doors should do more than just sit there on their dumb metal hinges. So we did something about it.

In a smart home, your door automatically unlocks when you approach, and locks behind you when you leave. (Feel free to put your keys in the same place where you put your VCR.) You also never have to wait around for service providers, leave keys under the mat, or hand out spares to your neighbors, because you can lock or unlock your door to let other people in with a simple tap of a button in the free SmartThings app for iOS or Android–wherever you are.

What you need:
• A SmartThings Hub
• A smart lock

How it works:
Since all smartphones have GPS sensing built into them, all you need to do is to select your home location using the SmartThings app, install a smart lock, and… that’s it: no need to fumble around for keys when you’re carrying groceries or kids because your door will automatically unlock or lock whenever you come and go from the area you’ve defined as “home.”

2. You Can Automate Your Lights & Control Them From Anywhere

Do you know who isn’t the brightest bulb in the box? Lights. According to the US Energy Information Administration, they account for more than 30% of a home’s energy consumption… but they don’t have to.

Smart lights can save you money and secure your home by automatically reacting to your daily routines and preferences. You can set your lights to slowly brighten when you want to wake up (sorry, alarm clock…), turn on when you’re away to make it look like someone is home, turn off automatically when you leave the house, and so much more.

What you need:
• A SmartThings Hub
• Your choice of any number of smart lighting options, such as…
   – a smart in-wall switch or dimmer to control overhead lights
   – smart light bulbs such as TCP or Philips hue (no wiring required)
– a SmartPower Outlet to turn dumb lamps into intelligent lamps

How it works:
Once you’ve plugged in your dumb lamp, screwed in your smart light bulb, or installed your in-wall switch, you can control one light or a bunch of lights with a simple tap of a button in the free SmartThings app.

But things really get cool when you set your lights to automatically turn on and off when different things happen. To do this, you can either set different rules in the SmartSetup section of the SmartThings app, or you can customize different actions to take place around your daily routines using the Hello, Home section of the SmartThings app.

3. You Can Save Money on Energy Bills

Never sweat your monthly energy bill again. By automatically turning down your thermostat, your A/C unit, or your portable heater when you’re away, you can not only help our planet by living green but also help yourself by saving some serious green.

You can set a smart thermostat or portable heating/cooling unit to adjust to a certain level whenever different events take place–such as when you leave home. And to make sure that you always step back into a comfortable crib, you can also adjust your home’s temperature from your phone whenever you want–like, when you’re leaving work to come home each day.

What you need:
• A SmartThings Hub
• A SmartThings-compatible thermostat or a SmartPower Outlet to control A/C units or portable heaters

How it works:
After installing a smart thermostat, you can turn it on, off, or adjust it directly from the SmartThings app. You can also set it to automatically adjust when different events take place–such as when you arrive or leave home–by using the Hello, Home section of the SmartThings app.

If you have a window A/C unit or portable heater, you can turn that on or off directly from the SmartThings app as well, or set it to automatically adjust when different events take place by using the Hello, Home section of the SmartThings app.