costs? This is a real battle right now. While there are many enthusiastic early adopters out there, most people think smart home devices are more than just gimmicks. May be, you think the same.

I admit smart home devices with tricks exist. This is a new market and manufacturers are experimenting to see how it works. and what is not — and, inevitably, some of these ideas fail. On the other hand, some of these ideas turn out to be almost revolutionary.

So which smart home features are worth it? Which of these can be safely discarded and ignored? Let’s take a look at some of the ones that are really worth the money.

Energy saving thermostat

Energy efficiency is one of the most desirable features that modern homeowners are looking for. On the one hand, it reduces your impact on the global environment. But if you don’t care about being green, the other benefit is that you get monthly electricity bills.

This means that everyone should be looking at an energy-saving thermostat (if you live in a thermostat-compatible home, of course). You really can’t go wrong here.

Our top recommendation is the Nest Thermostat, available for $249. This popular device not only recognizes your preferred temperature range, but also when you prefer certain temperatures. It will also turn off when you are away from home and allow you to control it remotely via your smartphone.

And this is just the beginning. Here are a few nest features you didn’t know about which will instantly change your impression of the device.

If you don’t like The Nest for some reason, the $215 Honeywell Lyric is a solid alternative with similar features. But don’t stop there. There are many other smart devices that help save energy. and most of them are quite affordable.

Proximity based security locks

Security is another big concern when owning a home. Everyone deserves to feel safe within their own walls, and although this can achieve without any smart home automation, there are several devices that can make it much more convenient for you.

My personal favorite is the August Smart Lock, which is available for $249. This device replaces your traditional door locks and allows you to lock/unlock using your smartphone’s proximity. No more fiddling with keys, no more accidentally locking yourself.

Number keys can be created and assigned to individual smartphones, and these keys can be revoked after a certain amount of time. Fantastic for granting temporary access to guests or military personnel without cloning physical keys.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out all these smart lock alternatives. to see which one works best for your needs. All of them are great and quite affordable.

Note. The most common rebuttal is «What if an attacker disables the device?» While it is possible, it is not easy to do so. Also, anyone who wants to do this can just as easily break a window or hit a door, so I consider this a moot point.

Intelligent Surveillance Systems

While we’re talking about security, what about surveillance?

If you do not already have any kind of CCTV system installed for your home, you should look into this as soon as possible. It can be as simple as using a webcam as a security camera. or setting up a safety net from old smartphones from old smartphones For something cheap and efficient, these solutions might work.

But if you want to take it to the next level, consider investing in a smart video surveillance system like Canary Home’s all-in-one security appliance for around $249. This thing brings a lot of pleasure for its modest price.

It comes with a built-in always-on camera that streams HD 1080p video using a 147-degree wide-angle lens. It automatically switches to night vision mode when it gets dark, plus the sound quality is excellent. He knows when you are at home and when you are not.

But wait, that’s not all! The Canary Islands have activated motion recording and an alarm siren that will scare off robbers. At the same time, notifications will be sent to your smartphone (in case you are away). In addition, Canary has built-in temperature, humidity and air quality monitors.

If Canary is too much for you or just not your style, check out these smart home alternatives which includes products such as Homeboy and Cocoon. Dropcam is another thing worth checking out.

Humidity and Humidity Sensors

Humidity and Humidity Sensors incredible important if you own your own home. Unexpected leaks can persist for months without your knowledge, eventually leading to mold, rot and high repair costs. Wouldn’t it be better to invest in preventive measures at a fraction of the cost?

The above Canary device has the feature built in, but if you don’t get Canary, there are other options for you to explore. In fact, these options may be better in the long run.

We recommend purchasing the $49 SmartThings SmartSense Humidity Sensor or the cheaper $35 Insteon Water Leak Sensor. Install them on the ground near pipes, washing machines, etc. and they will trip on unexpected contact with water.

To make the best use of them, for example, to receive alerts on your smartphone, you need to combine them with a smart hub such as SmartThings Hub for $99 or Insteon Hub for $115 respectively. On the other hand, getting a hub means you can start using several other types of sensors (depending on which hub you get).

You will end up spending $150 to $250 to prevent thousands of dollars of potential water damage. I would consider it a net investment, right?

Automated Home Cleaner

“Automated home cleaner” is my buzzword for Roomba. This adorable little mini robot has come a long way since its debut (did you know it turns 13 this year?) and is more efficient than ever. If you’re tired of the small chores around the house, Roomba is for you.

The only downside is that it’s relatively expensive compared to other devices we’ve reviewed. The model I would go for is the iRobot Roomba 870, which costs about $510. Again, if you really hate cleaning, that price might well be worth it.

Roomba 870 features a state-of-the-art exhaust system that maximizes cleaning efficiency and minimizes maintenance requirements. It also uses a new generation battery that lasts twice as long as previous models. Roomba itself can be programmed to clean according to a schedule and will automatically return to the dock when finished.

And it won’t even cost you much

Compared to other home improvement projects you might undertake, smart home products are actually quite cheap. A basic remodel can cost as little as a few hundred dollars, while a luxury transformation can top several thousand.

By comparison, a typical bathroom remodel in America costs somewhere between $9,000 and $14,000. So yes. Intelligent home automation offers a lot of opportunities. It’s not just a trick.

What smart home improvements are you looking for? Do you think it’s worth the price or is it too expensive? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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