There are nearly limitless options when it comes to making every room in your house “smarter”: smart thermostats, lights, motion sensors, and door locks can add convenience and efficiency to your entire home. Add in some smart appliances and outlets, and your home is full of powerful devices that can change how your approach everyday life. It could also mean that your phone is full of apps to organize and manage. Unless, of course, you use one home automation app to do it all.
Here’s how to get maximum control all your smart home technology gadgets with one smart home app.
Choose products that play nice with each other
A key step in creating a smart home is to purchase products and services that integrate with a variety of platforms. The best gadgets will have their own apps, but they should also work well with other smart home system devices and applications.
For example, smart lights are available as off-brand bulbs that you can turn on and off with a custom app. However, the real value of owning a smart lighting system comes with all of the automation potential of these products. Find a brand that speaks the same “language” as other devices, and you can have your porch lights turn on when motion is detected, have your lamp lights dim when you turn on the TV, or program the bedroom lights turn off when you lock the door for the night.
Look for products that boast a long list of partner integrations. You’ll be much happier with those purchases in the long run, and you’ll get more out of your smart home overall.
Connect devices with a smart home hub
The next step toward better smart home integration is to invest in a smart home hub. Choose the most valuable solution: i.e., a product that doubles as a security control panel, like Xfinity Home. Not only does it integrate your devices with cameras and sensors to optimize the protection of your home, but it also acts as a centralized place for all smart devices to talk to each other. The Hub essentially serves as air traffic control for all of the actions and schedules of your smart devices, helping your smart home feel truly integrated.
Maintain maximum control with a single app
Finally, set up the app that coordinates with your smart home hub. You can use this app to remotely check out camera footage, arm and disarm the security system, manage the lighting, lock the doors, and control the temperature settings. Whether you’re turning on the heat in your bonus room or shutting off the lights downstairs, this app will grant you full control over your environment without having to do finger gymnastics on your home screen. Even better, you can do it from the couch in your living room or a hotel room across the country — anytime, from anywhere.
When you have the right gadgets integrated for the optimal smart home control, the sky’s the limit to your home’s potential. See how Xfinity Home can help.