The truth is, your phone can do just about anything when connected to the Internet. It not only allows you to connect to social media, play games, and watch movies – you can also use your phone to manage your household. And with this type of power, you can control many features inside your home, even when you’re miles away.
If you haven’t explored smart home solutions using your phone, you’re missing out on an amazing experience. Here’s a look at five ways you can control your home with your smartphone.
- Turn your home security on and off
Nowadays, many home security systems connect to a home’s Internet. With this type of technology, you can download your home security provider’s app and control your system from your smartphone from any location.
Whether you are at work, at school, or out of town, there’s the ability to arm and disarm your system directly from your phone. You can also check your security system’s activity and pull up timestamps to see when doors or windows were opened. And depending on how advanced your system is, you can also monitor your home’s security cameras directly from your phone. This way, you always know what’s going on.
- Lock your doors
Not only can you control your home security system from your smartphone, some keyless entry devices can seamlessly connect to your smartphone, allowing you to lock and unlock your doors from any location.
This comes in handy if you’re locked out of the house and don’t have a spare key with you. If you’re expecting guests but don’t want to leave a key under a flower pot, use this technology and unlock the door when they arrive, so they can enter the house when you’re away.
- Answer your doorbell
You no longer have to be home to answer your doorbell. Thanks to technology like Ring and other remote doorbell cameras, you can see who’s knocking at your door whether you’re at work, school, or running errands.
You can also see what’s happening at your front door from your mobile device and speak through your phone to communicate with the person on your doorstep.
- Adjust your thermometer
There are also devices that allow you to control your home’s temperature when you’re away. This is perfect if you want to keep your heat or air conditioning at a certain temperature when no one’s home, and then adjust the temperature so that the house is comfortable before you arrive.
You can purchase smart thermometers from just about any home improvement retailer. These devices sync with your Wi-Fi, and once everything is connected, you can start controlling your temperature from an app on your phone or tablet.
- Control your lights and blinds
Think about the number of times you forgot to turn lights on or off before leaving the house. Or maybe you forgot to close or open your blinds. With smart blinds and smart light technology, you can control both no matter your location.
This is ideal if you’re returning home at night and you don’t want to walk into a dark house. Or if you haven’t been home since daytime, and you want to close your blinds remotely to prevent someone from peeking inside the house.
Smart technology has become more and more popular, and as this technology continues to improve, your smartphone will be able to accomplish so much more. If you want to make your life a little easier, take advantage of the power in the palm of your hand and learn about different types of smart technology.