5 Home Automation Gadgets for a Smarter Home

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Home automation has come a long way in the last few years. In the past, you would need a crew to come in and install everything if you wanted to automate your home. Now, you can purchase the gadgets yourself and they are easy to install and are controlled from your smartphone.  

Below are five different things you can easily automate for a smarter home:
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Lights

You can control your lights with a  wireless lighting kit. The kits include light bulbs and a unit that plugs into an outlet and sends the wireless signal to the light bulbs. You control the lights with an app on your smartphone.  

Philips Hue is a wireless lighting system that includes many different types of lighting including counter lights, light bulbs and light strips. 

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Front Door

You can automate the locks and the doorbell at your front door.  

Home automated locks can be set up to unlock using a code or an app. This is perfect for kids if you do not want to give them a key (which they may lose). You can have them call you when they need to get into the locked house and you can unlock it from your smartphone. 

Video doorbells can be answered whether you are home or not. You can see who is at the door and talk to them. No one will know that you are not home. 

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Home Video Cameras

Home video cameras can be set inside or outside your home. Outside video cameras are great for security. If someone tries to get into your house, you will have it on video. 

Having a home video camera inside your home is also good for security, but it's great for checking on your kids and pets too.  

The cameras easily connect to your WiFi and you control them with an app on your smartphone. You can check on your home anytime. 

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Entertainment

You can set up your television and music to be controlled by your voice or by an app on your smartphone.  

Both the  Apple TV and the  Xbox One will let you control your entire entertainment system by voice or app and are easy to set up on your own. 

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Temperature

Automating the temperature in your home can be done with a Nest Thermostat. It is easy to install yourself and will also save you money.  

The Nest Thermostat will learn how you like the temperature in your home and after a few months of use, will begin to change the temperature for you. You set it up to change the temperature according to the temperature outside or whether you are home or away. 

Now that your home is automated, you will never have to get up to change the temperature or turn a light on or off. You might want to check out my eBay guide on  running your first 5k to get more exercise since you do not need to get up as often.  
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