Integrating technology at home
Smart technologies have grown to include home security and safety systems, lighting, entertainment, HVAC systems and even appliances. Keep these tips in mind when integrating these technologies into your home.
Ensure that various devices can talk to each other
One way of ensuring compatibility is choosing a single brand for as many applications as possible. Invest in a central hub to coordinate and control various devices. Many available today offer additional features of their own, doubling as speakers, routers or displays.
Enable all security measures to prevent hacking
Choosing smart devices with built-in security features and ensuring that these features are enabled are important steps to reduce these risks. Replace default usernames and passwords with strong, unique versions, enable dual and/or biometric authentication, and keep your device software updated through patches.
Look for technologies to help control and manage home energy use
Smart thermostats, smart water heaters and schedulable or motion-controlled indoor and outdoor lighting can be smart ways to save money on your electric bill.