We used to relish in the glory of the remote control, but now our smartphones are the remote controls of our lives. We can operate many of our household appliances from our phone — and not just within our homes. Many apps today allow us to control appliances and electronics from remote locations, such as the airport, the office or the shopping mall. Here are some convenient ways to automate your home:
Add a smart thermostat to your home to help increase convenience and energy efficiency. According to The Gadget Guy Column, the company called Hunter has produced a Universal Thermostat that’s compatible with the iPhone. This thermostat can sync to your Wi-Fi signal, allowing you to control the temperature from your iPhone. This means you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn down the heat before you head out for a weekend getaway in the winter. You can simply adjust the temperature from your phone, and warm it up again before you head home.
The Samsung Zipel Oven
This technology is all the rage in Korea, according to Unwired View. The Samsung Zipel syncs up with your Android device to allow you to set your oven to the perfect temperature for whatever type of dish you want to make that night. This means you can start preheating before you head into traffic, ensuring that dinner time is as easy as possible.
The Xfinity TV App
Get the app from your local cable provider. Many cable providers, including Comcast, provide an app for phones and tablets that allow you to control your DVR settings and watch your favorite cable programs from your mobile device. The Xfinity TV app from Comcast allows users to watch the on-demand programming from mobile devices as well as set up DVR recording, so you don’t miss your favorite shows.
Purchase an app that allows you to control the music that’s played throughout every room in your home or office. One such app is the Sonos Controller app. This app is available for both Android and Apple devices. This allows you to play your favorite Motown hits while you’re cooking dinner, but let your children listen to their favorite tunes while they do their homework in the living room.
Home Security Apps
Keep an eye on your home while you’re away, whether just for the day or on an extended trip. According to Chris Writes, one of the most efficient home security apps is Home Watch, which is available from the App Store. Home security apps allow you to keep an eye on your home throughout the day, so you can rest easy knowing that everything is as it should be. These apps don’t necessarily have to be fancy in order to be effective — the goal is to keep you informed and increase the security level in your home.
Whether you have an iPhone and are devoted to the App Store, or you’ll defend your Android device to the death, you know that your smartphone has incredible capabilities. While you may use it most often to check email, Facebook and Twitter, it’s important to understand all of the different ways this tiny device can be used to help streamline your life. As www.securitycompanies.com points out, there are many wonderful ways to automate your home that allow you control and manage your household with the use of an easy and efficient app.
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