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Must‑Have Smart Home Technology

With more and more Smart Home Technology products entering the market every year, it can be difficult to know which ones to get for your home—especially if you’re on a tight budget.

We install thousands of Smart Home Technology products every year, which allows us to see the devices that work best for Virginia homes firsthand.

The MOST essential Smart Home Technology items are:

  • Video doorbell
  • Smart door lock
  • Smart thermostat
  • Smart indoor/outdoor Cameras

Let’s look at each of these Smart Home items in more detail below.



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Gone are the days of having to look through a peephole to see who is at your door. With a video doorbell, you can see who is at your door (and even talk to them) from anywhere via your smartphone.

One of the most popular video doorbells is SkyBell. The SkyBell doorbells Slimline design includes features such as:

  • High-definition video
  • Color night vision
  • Two-way audio
  • Motion sensor (lets you know if someone is at the door—even if the visitor doesn’t ring the doorbell)
  • Silent mode to deactivate the indoor bell chime
  • And more

The SkyBell is a wired doorbell, which means it needs to be connected to your home’s power. Since this involves electrical wiring experience, we highly recommend hiring a professional to install the SkyBell for you, instead of attempting the installation yourself.

Smart door lock

Another essential smart home gadget is a smart door lock. A smart lock can be installed on virtually any door and can be controlled entirely by your smartphone.

Just a few of the many benefits of smart door locks include:

  • Remote control access: Using your smartphone, you can lock or unlock your door from anywhere. You can also give other people access to open your door (via keypad entry) without having to make copies of physical keys.
  • Increased visibility: With a smart door lock, you can receive instant alerts to let you know who is entering/exiting your home at all times.

Integration with other smart home gadgets: Smart door locks can be used in conjunction with other devices in a home security system, such as video surveillance cameras and alarms, which leads to increased safety and security.

Indoor and Outdoor Cameras

You don’t have to be home…TO SEE HOME!

Want to keep an eye on the Pool? The Backyard? The Driveway?

How about some good news? Receive notifications if someone hops the fence to take a dip. Are cars being broken into in the neighborhood?

How about inside your home….Would you like to keep an eye on the kids when you aren’t there? Maybe peek in on the child sitter every once in a while? How about checking out the furry members of the family? Well, now you can!

Gadget #4: Smart thermostat

More and more homeowners are upgrading their old thermostats to new, smart models for two main reasons:

  1. Convenient control of your home’s temperature
  2. Lower monthly electricity bills

More convenient control

With a smart thermostat, you can control your HVAC system remotely, allowing you to adjust indoor temperatures from anywhere.

Many smart thermostats also have the ability to learn your household’s cooling/heating schedule, which means the thermostat will automatically tell your HVAC when to turn on and off.

Cut down your monthly electricity bill

Since a smart thermostat can be programmed to follow your family’s heating/cooling schedule, your HVAC system will only run when you need it to.

Reducing extra demand on your HVAC system can significantly lower your monthly electricity bill, as your HVAC system uses more electricity than any other appliance in your home. (In the average U.S. home, the HVAC system accounts for 46% of energy consumption.)

Want a professional to install your Smart Home gadgets?

Whether you have all the gadgets already picked out, or you want a professional to help you design your smart home, we can help. With over 70 years of experience, we’ve installed countless home automation and security solutions for Virginia homeowners.

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