Your new smart home: Must-have accessories

Setting up your new smart home is easy. All you need are the right accessories.

For those of you who thought you had to buy a brand-new house designed to be a smart home – it’s much easier than that! You can turn your ‘regular’ home into a smart home with just a few simple accessories.

We’re going to talk you through some of the best tech we have available which will make managing your household appliances even easier.

Let’s get started:

Smart Plugs

One of the first pieces of tech you’ll want to get your hands on is a smart plug. These small devices don’t cost a bomb, and they will allow you to control multiple household appliances directly from an app. The smart plugs are extremely versatile and even allow you to connect it up to your Amazon Alexa or Google Home device for voice control.

How you can benefit:

Incorporating a smart plug setup into your new smart home allows you to save money and enjoy greater energy efficiency.

We’d recommend the UK Wi-Fi Smart plug 4 pack or TP LINK HS100 Smart Plug 2 pack, as they both balance high-quality with an affordable price tag.

TP LINK HS100 Wi-Fi Smart Plug

Smart Bulbs

These are the next step to kitting out your smart home. Smart bulbs are an efficient way of managing electricity usage in your house. Going to bed at 10pm? Set a timer to switch them off! You can schedule your smart bulbs to turn on and off at set times, using the companion app on your smartphone.

How you can benefit:

Reduce your energy bills with bulbs that require less electricity.

We’d recommend the TP Link Kasa KL110 E27 Smart Bulb to use around your home or the Philips Hue Smart Bulb Mini Starter Kit for syncing with your PC to enhance your gaming sessions.

Philips Hue Ambience Smart Bulb Mini Starter Kit E27

Smart Thermostat

Replacing your standard thermostat with a smart one is the easiest way to enjoy flexible and remote temperature control throughout your home. Designed to give you greater control, you can set your thermostat on a timer or schedule and even switch it on and off while you’re out of the house.

How you can benefit:

Control your room temperature from anywhere.

We’d recommend the Devolo Home Control Thermostat if you’re upgrading from a standard thermostat to a smart one or this Google Nest 3rd Gen Thermostat if you already have a smart thermostat and are looking for something more high-end.

Google Nest 3rd Gen Learning Thermostat

Smart Security Cameras

One of the most important pieces of smart technology is the security camera, which helps keep your home protected from any unwanted visitors. The cameras can be controlled via a smartphone and allow you to keep watch over you home even when you’re out and about.

How you can benefit:

Deter potential intruders and capture any break-ins on camera, with a smart security camera setup.

We’d recommend the TP-Link KC200 Smart Security Camera or the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite as both include crisp 1080p video recording and night vision capabilities.

Ring Stick Up Cam Elite Wired – Black

Smart Control

Now that you’ve seen everything you need to kit out your smart home, lets take a look at some smart hubs which allow you to control all the tech. One of the great things about smart home tech is being able to control different aspects of your household with a flick of the finger or a simple voice command.

How you can benefit:

Easily manage all of your smart home tech from one central point with a smart hub.

We’d recommend the Google Nest Hub if you’re looking for a more hands on interface or the Apple HomePod if you prefer voice commands.

Apple HomePod

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Once you’re kitted out with the above smart home tech and begin to enjoy the benefits, you’ll wonder how you lasted so long without it. If you’re unsure on how to use some of the tech, such as smart plugs, you can check out our guide on YouTube.

To explore the rest of our smart home tech, head over to our website now and start upgrading!

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