by Todd Ellner
July 18, 2017 Home Renovation

Thinking of turning your house into a smart home, but you have no idea where to start?

Deciding what smart devices to install in your home is not an easy task, especially when there are so many products available on the market. We want to make sure you make the best choice.

Tip: Smart home systems can make your life easier. We talk more about it here.

Take a look at the smart home devices in the list below and pick your favorite:


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Smart home control devices you need to know more about

HUBs and Controllers

Amazon Echo: This Bluetooth speaker is powered by Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa. It enables you to communicate directly with devices in your home. You can ask Echo to play your favorite song, get news and information, set your alarm in the morning and control other smart devices in your home.

It is like having a personal assistant who takes care of everything for you.

Logitech Harmony Elite: Not liking the idea of talking to a computer? You can do things the old fashioned way and use a remote control.

The Logitech Harmony Elite acts like a universal remote that allows you to control your smart home devices. Works like magic.

Surveillance Cameras

Netgear Arlo Pro: One of the major benefits of this surveillance camera is the fact that it is wire-free. You can place it anywhere and see what happens at home while you are gone. The two-way audio with built-in speaker and microphone allows you to listen and talk back directly through your smartphone.

There is no doubt that this smart control device will keep uninvited guests away from your home.

Tend Secure Lynx Indoor – … because good things come in small packages. This incredible device offers a wide range of features that you will love: facial recognition, night vision, impeccable 1080p HD vision, motion-triggered notifications, two-way audio and much more.

All you have to do is install the Tend Secure app and see the entire home from your smartphone.

Locks and Home Security Systems

August Smart Lock HomeKit Enabled – Have you ever imagined that one day you will be able to open your front door by talking to your smartphone? Well, that day is here.

The way the smart lock works is simple: it communicates with your smartphone via Bluetooth, unlocks the door when you approach and locks it when you go out. Forget about searching for your keys everywhere. Welcome to the future.

ADT Pulse – When it comes to home security systems, we have to admit this one is the best (and most expensive) so far. It offers a wide range of options and capabilities, such as 24/hours monitoring, locking and unlocking the door (from almost anywhere) and notifying you when your kids come home from school.

You can control everything (literally) that happens at home with a few taps on your smartphone’s screen.

Tip: Check out our smart homes services.

Heating and Cooling

Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation) – This smart thermostat allows you to control the temperature from your phone, your tablet or your PC. It is a great smart addition because it helps you save energy.

You can control it from anywhere and it is able to learn what you like. For example, it creates a cozy atmosphere in the morning when you wake up, and it turns itself down when you leave the house. Sounds great, don’t you think?

Ecobee3 Smart WiFi Thermostat – Another smart device designed to make your life comfortable. The Ecobee thermostat is stylish, easy to use and it is able to check multiple temperature sensors from different rooms. It ensures that your home’s temperature is the same in every corner.

Pretty smart if you ask us!


Philips Hue Bulbs – The proof that technology is amazing. With these bulbs, you can not only control the intensity of the light in your home, but also the color.

You can create a cozy atmosphere with warm hues or stick to an all-white bulb. The choice is yours. The best part is that the Hue ecosystem can be easily integrated with systems such as Alexa or Siri.

Are you ready to make your home smart?

Technology is slowly taking over our homes and smart devices are developing every day. The goal is to provide us with the highest comfort and simplify everyday tasks.

The best advice we can give you is to start with baby steps.

Install a basic lighting system controlled by voice or with an automated garage door. You will have to get used to talk to your home or control the apps on your smartphone. It is only a matter of habit. We are sure you are going to love your smart home.

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