7 Great Tips for Creating a Smart Home

With all of the technology coming out to make homes “smarter”, it is helpful to know what a smart home entails and where to begin.

7 Great Tips for Creating a Smart Home

Smartphone or Other DeviceCreating a Smart Home

Smart homes are controlled with a smartphone or other electronic device such as an iPad or laptop. It is important to invest in one of these products to control smart home devices, and to ensure Wi-Fi compatibility.

Choose a Platform

There are many platforms that run smart home devices and it is important to choose the best one for your needs. It is also helpful to stick with one, to minimize the apps needed and avoid confusion.

Some of the top brand smart home platforms include:

  • Amazon
  • Google
  • Apple
  • Samsung

These platforms help homeowners set up, control and automate their devices. They are often linked to other devices such as speakers or smart “assistants”, that respond to user directives.

Choose Compatible Devices

There are many smart devices for the home. Depending on the platform you choose, you will need to make sure the devices you purchase are compatible.

Some of the smart devices you can choose to run to make your home automated and more energy efficient include:

  • thermostats,
  • light bulbs, light sockets and light switches,
  • blinds and shades,
  • smart locks and doorbells.


Smart thermostats have been proven to save energy in the home, by automatically adjusting temperature settings when homeowners are away.

The platform’s device app allows a temperature schedule to be programmed and run automatically. There are additional benefits to having a smart thermostat with a motion sensor to detect when no one is home. When no motion is sensed, the thermostat is set to adjust the temperature accordingly, and when motion resumes, it goes back to running its programmed schedule.


One way smart light bulbs can work in your home is by having them set up for motion activation. When you come home, having certain lights turn on when they sense motion will allow you to enter the home hands-free and with lighting to greet you upon entry.

Additionally, you can add hue lighting schedules when you are away to make it look like someone is home at certain times of the day by turning on and off lights. If you prefer certain color schemes, you can set those colors for awakening and alternatives for when you are getting home or are ready to sleep.

Smart Blinds and Shades

The smart blinds and shades can be programmed to open and close at specific times of the day. Many have the programming option to tilt, allowing homeowners to partially open or close shades, dependent on how much sun the room gets and their personal preferences.

Smart Locks and Doorbells

Smart locks can be programmed to lock and unlock on demand or at set times, but many have keypads to set security even tighter. With a custom user code assigned to family members, babysitters, or other visitors, it is easy to change a code when access is no longer granted.

Adding a smart doorbell allows for the homeowner/app user to see who is at the door, talk to that person, and unlock the door for them, if desired.

Other features include fingerprint verification, alarms for break-in detection and backlit illumination so entering a passcode isn’t difficult in the dark.

Additional: How Has Smart Home Technology Impacted Real Estate?

For questions about installing smart thermostats or for other heating and cooling needs, please contact us at Pilchuck Heating.

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