As more and more smart home devices hit the market, the idea of automating our homes seems less poignant than it once was. Despite this, only a small minority of people decided to take the plunge.
Perhaps this is because potential owners of smart homes just don’t know where to start . If that sounds like it, read on. We’ll talk about five basic smart home designs for beginners that you can create right now.
Protect your pipes with an automated smart valve
This is a smart home project that anyone with a little plumbing experience can do every evening. If not, you can just hire a plumber .
Some smart valves allow you to pair them with a water sensor that will actively determine when the pipe burst and blocked the water. No interaction required.
While smart valves can be expensive, you may find that they save you money in the long run as your insurance premiums can go down. In addition, the risk of a pipe burst in your home will be significantly reduced.
There are several to try. I recommend the LeakSMART Smart Home Kit, which costs $399.00 on Amazon. This includes a valve and water sensor, as well as a center sleeve to tie it together.
For the same price, you can also purchase the FortrezZ Z-Wave Water Valve, which is slightly more expensive, but has excellent reviews and is built in the USA.
It also works with the Z-Wave protocol, which means you can easily connect it to other smart home products through a compatible Z-Wave hub.
Level your lighting with Philips Hue
Led lights just better than their halogen counterparts in all areas, except perhaps for their upfront price. They are much more energy efficient. They last longer. They are also significantly brighter than old school halogen bulbs.
As an introductory experiment in home automation, Philips Hue is as simple as you can get. You literally need to screw in a few light bulbs, connect a hub to your network, and determine the behavior of the light bulbs with a handy smartphone app.
You can get a starter kit from most good DIY stores and also from Amazon where it will cost around $200 for the latest generation kit.