As technology advances, our need for quicker and more efficient products, capable of keeping up, increases. Currently, smart home systems are on the top of the list. Whether you need a hands-free voice-activated device to lock all your doors or you want to control your thermostat from an integrated app on your phone, here are our top five smart home systems which can improve your home office.
1. Control 4
Control 4 was first established in the early 2000s, with the aim of being faster, more innovative and cheaper than its leading competitor. Its main features include the ability to control smart lighting, sound systems and even pool temperature. It also allows you to personalize its settings to support an ever-changing lifestyle. In total, it is compatible with almost 11,000 consumer devices, some of which you’re likely already using in your home. Control 4 also integrates with Amazon Alexa, one of the world’s leading virtual assistants, making it one of the top smart home systems on the market.
Iris by Lowe is a highly rated smart home system popular with those with children. Its DIY installation provides the benefits of smart technology without tying you into a long-term plan and its integration with devices and apps including Amazon Echo, Google Home and Nest makes it easy for you to connect your most important devices. Iris allows you set up smart fobs, door locks and cameras which notify you when someone accesses your property, giving you peace of mind if you have children or are caring for vulnerable adults.
3. Apple HomeKit
There aren’t many who aren’t already familiar with Apple’s range of products. This includes Siri, the intelligent smart assistant who made her debut in 2011 on the iPhone 4S. Apple prides itself on providing top-of-the-range devices and its Apple HomeKit is no exception. It’s designed to make home automation as fluid as possible by integrating your existing devices with sensors, lights, windows, fans and cameras, and its range of compatible devices is constantly expanding. If you’re already a die-hard Apple fan, using this device will feel like second nature, along with improving your productivity and efficiency, allowing you to focus on what matters.
4. Samsung SmartThings
SmartThings boasts itself as the easy way to turn your home into a smart home. It can connect to several amenities in your home, making it easy for you to brew your favorite coffee from your work desk or lock your workspace away from sticky fingers. While you’re out and about, Samsung will even send you alerts should anything go wrong inside your home. Being one of the most popular names in technology, Samsung’s smart home system is already widely used in many home offices already, making it the perfect addition to your home.
5. Elan 8
Elan 8 was awarded the Human Interface Product of the Year in 2017. Like the other smart home systems mentioned, Elan 8 is simple, easy to install and can be personalized to your needs. Integrating with Amazon Echo, among other devices, its ability to program custom settings can help you create the perfect office environment. You can turn on lights, open blinds and turn up the thermostat with the press of a button, all while sitting at your desk.
Home automation technology is only going to improve and rise in popularity as time progresses. Investing in both your home office and living space is worthwhile in the long run and will provide you with more time for the things that truly matter.