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You have probably heard the phrase ‘smart home technology’ or maybe the ‘internet of things’, but what are they, really, and how can they help?
Simply put, smart home technology refers to systems, gadgets and devices that you already use in your home that are controllable via a smartphone application, or app on your phone. These can include items such as light bulbs, security cameras, speakers, thermostats, doorbells and door locks, but can also include large appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and even beds. Each of these items can be controlled remotely, allowing you to do things like turn the heat (or air conditioning) on before you arrive home, see who is at the front door, or set the scene with soft lighting and mood music from wherever you are.
Best Smart Home Technology Hawaii for the security-conscious property owner
For those of you who own rental property and do not live on site, adopting smart home technology just makes sense. Imagine being able to greet your tenants and unlock the door for them, even when you are many miles away, or ease your mind by being able to see the state of your property after a storm. You can check on your pets, set an alarm system or secure your home after your renters vacate – even re-set the key code on your door locks so that nobody can re-gain access.
Let’s look at some of these Smart Home Technology Hawaii and how they work:
Smart Doorbell and Door Locks: at each of your access points, and you will be able to connect to whoever comes calling. As soon as they ring the bell, you will receive a notification on your smartphone, on which you will be able to see who is at your door and converse with them in real-time. Brands currently on the market include the Ring Doorbell, SkyBell HD and August Doorbell. They all do pretty much the same thing, and also offer a wide-angle view of your property from the proximity of your door so that you can see exactly what is going on no matter where you happen to be. August also makes a smart door lock system, allowing you to create virtualized keys for several different individuals. This gives you the opportunity to track exactly who is using the codes, and change them if need be. Hypothetically, you can have a different code for every person in your family or company, and can still use your key lock without having to give out extra keys to your short-term tenants.
Smart Lighting: If you spend a lot of time away from your home, or if you own several properties, you can also program your lights to turn on and off at given times. You can do this manually through your smartphone app or set up a pre-programmed schedule to run every day. Many lighting systems can be set up to be triggered by motion detection or when somebody rings the doorbell, so that if somebody comes calling your home lights will go on inside. BeOn is one such lighting system that differs from others in that the bulbs are battery-operated and will work whether the light switch – or the power – is on or not.
Smart Pet Monitoring and Feeding: Smart cameras come in all shapes and sizes, with some even made specially to keep an eye on your pets while you are away. With the PetCube, you can not only see what Fido and Fluffy are getting up to, you can talk to them through the device and even play with them using a remote-controlled laser pointer – a paws-down favorite of cats everywhere. And speaking of pets, with Petnet, you won’t ever have to worry about getting home to feed them on time. Control the timing and portions of each pet meal, even if you’re running late.
Smart Home Security: Beyond doorbell cams and motion detected lighting, you might want to opt for a full-blown smart security system. Be aware of some points though: many ‘smart’ alarm systems lack certain aspects, such as a smartphone app from which to monitor, or an inability to record or stream video. Other systems that have the connectivity might leave you on your own to monitor a situation, not providing connectivity to an alarm or security service, not checking in if a smoke alarm is triggered, and not calling local authorities to address the issue. If you’re looking for a solution that covers all the bases, try Vivint Sky. The basic hardware itself is quite inexpensive, and you can add on to it based on your specific needs. The service itself is subscription-based with a monthly fee, but to argue in favor of this system, consider that you can control and monitor every smart home system you have from Vivint, and you are not obligated to pay for connectivity you do not need. You can create custom rules for heating or cooling your house, record video (it even has a night-vision camera) from any of your security cameras, and you can set up an emergency response system to trigger from your smoke alarm or burglar alarm. If an alarm is triggered, you will receive a call immediately. If you do not respond, they will be calling emergency services right away. For the ultimate, 24/7 peace of mind you seek, Vivint Sky might just be the answer. Another smart security system you might consider include Samsung’s Smart Things security system, Scout. Scout can control several optional devices, but has some limitations with regard to operating platform and available extras.
How Secure is the Device Itself?
There has been a great deal of talk in recent months about cyber-attacks, malware and viruses that have the ability to hack into your network using smart devices. While this sort of attack does not necessarily put you at risk, thieves can use these weaknesses to their advantage. Make sure that your new device is password protected, and that you can change the password from the factory default – and don’t forget to do it right away! Avoid at all costs any devices that come with a factory preset password that you cannot change, and you will effectively avoid this issue entirely. Keep your passwords safe, and never share them with anybody you don’t trust implicitly!
Choosing Smart Home Technology Hawaii that is Right for You
Ultimately, your smart technology should be about how you live your life, so make sure you’re getting the features you need for the budget you’ve carved out. Some things to consider before buying into a smart tech system:
Is it a one-time purchase or do I have to pay a monthly subscription?
Am I expected to monitor the results myself (in the case of smart security systems)?
Is the app compatible with my smartphone?
Can I control everything from my desktop computer? (a good backup, just in case!)
Can I add features on to it if my needs change in the future?
Make a list of all the ‘must have’ and ‘nice to have’ features you would like in your new smart technology, and shop around for something that comes as close as possible to your needs. While nothing in this world is 100% future proof, you should be able to choose something that will cover you for years to come without having to repurchase any of the main components.
How Say No To Cable can Help
If you are interested in Smart Home Technology Hawaii for your home, second home, long-term or vacation rental property, Say No To Cable is happy to help. Our smart technology specialists can recommend solutions that are right for your lifestyle and your budget. Call or drop us a line to find out more, and get started with smart home technology today.
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