4 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Smarter Today

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By Kacey Bradley
These low-fuss products bring automation into your home without compromising on design.

Nowadays, the latest technology is incorporated in everything from work to home life, and for good reason. Simple home automation solutions can save you both time and money, and can even make daily life a lot easier. Below, we go through some of the pain-free ways to make this happen in your home. 

1. Smart Light Switches 

Everyone's had that moment when you leave the house, only to remember that you left the light on. This is not only frustrating—it wastes resources and runs up your electricity bill. Take a look at some smart light switches that will automatically turn your lights off or on depending on the amount of daylight in the room; and the best part is, they won’t stand out like a sore thumb on your wall.

Leviton Decora Smart Dimmer
Leviton Decora Smart Dimmer
Apple HomeKit technology provides an easy, secure way to control lights and more from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The free Leviton Decora Smart Home app provides advanced lighting control settings including fade rate, minimum/maximum brightness, LED response activity, bulb type selection and more. Full range dimming (bright to dark) with adjustable fade rates and customizable settings via the Leviton app. 


2. Automatic Blinds 

Another easy way to lower your electricity bill is to close your blinds while you’re at work all day, but what if you forget to lower them? That’s why automatic blinds were created—so that you can program them however you like for different times, whether it's to offset heating and cooling costs, or to ensure that your houseplants are well cared for. There are lots of ways you can use automatic blinds, so you can install these cute panels almost anywhere in your house. 

DiamondCell Light Filtering Cellular Shade
DiamondCell Light Filtering Cellular Shade
Enjoy premium quality cellular fabric with the DiamondCell Honeycomb line from Bali. These DiamondCell Light-Filtering Cellular Shades allow soft light into your room while maintaining your privacy. Cellular shades provide year-round insulation for your home—choose double cell fabric configurations available to stop even more cold/hot air at the window. Browse a number of popular colors for your window treatments; all hardware is color-coordinated to give your window a truly custom look.


3. A Smart Doorbell

Whether you're expecting a package at the door or a friend from out-of-town, trying to coordinate with visitors when you're away from home is a hassle—and tucking your key under the doormat isn't the safest option. Thankfully, today's smart doorbells allow you to see, hear, and speak to whoever arrives at your front step, giving you full control of who gains access to your home.

SkyBell HD Silver WiFi Video Doorbell
SkyBell HD Silver WiFi Video Doorbell
SkyBell HD is a High-Definition, patented video doorbell connected to your home Wi-Fi that lets you see, hear, and speak to visitors at your door simply by using your smartphone or tablet - even if you're not at home. With a 1080p camera, full-color night vision, motion sensor and live alerts, SkyBell HD will conveniently give you peace of mind when answering the door without compromising your safety. And even when you don't answer, SkyBell HD will record video to your cloud account as soon as the button is pressed or motion is detected, so you will always know who is at your door.  

4. A Smart TV 

Televisions are a fixture in almost every home, so it's a no-brainer to upgrade to a smart TV that's connected to the Internet, allowing apps to control everything from what channel you're watching, to what shows get recorded. When it's not in play, The Frame, designed by Yves Behar, doubles as a piece of art.

Samsung The Frame TV
Samsung The Frame TV
Introducing The Frame from Samsung, a revolutionary way to think about your TV. When you're not watching the brilliant 4K UHD TV with HDR, it turns into a beautiful work of art on your wall. With an array of paintings, prints, photos, and frames to suit every mood and style, The Frame TV goes beyond entertainment and becomes an expression of you. Photo courtesy of Amazon

You don’t need big, chunky electronics to help make your life easier. Instead, look into new automation solutions that maximize comfort, security, and convenience while upholding the design values that govern your home.

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