Home automation systems give you the ability to control your home from anywhere in the world. All you need is a connected mobile device to regulate your home's temperature, open the blinds, and even check the contents of your refrigerator while you're at work or on vacation. Home automation gives busy working professionals peace of mind and reduces energy consumption, saving you money on utility bills while helping you live an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Smart Bathroom Innovations

Bathroom Innovations
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A variety of smart bathroom innovations, including wireless showerhead speakers, body analyzers, and smart mirrors, are on the market today. Smart body analyzers not only accurately determine how much you weigh, but they also give you Body Mass Index (BMI) readings and heart rate information. Use the smart body analyzer along with a related app to set targeted health goals.

Bluetooth-enabled showerheads connect to any compatible smart device, allowing you to listen to your favorite playlist or audiobook while you shower. Smart mirrors with voice-activated controls come equipped with motion-activated night lights, a speaker system, and built-in lighting. Pair your smart mirror with your phone, and it'll check the weather and give you traffic updates as you get ready in the morning.

Smart Thermostats

Today's smart thermostats are much more than control panels for your HVAC system. Equipped with WiFi, a smart thermostat allows you to easily create a temperature schedule that'll keep you comfortable and reduce your energy bills. They're simple to control, allowing you to adjust your home's temperature from your phone or another connected device before you arrive home from work every day. Some of the more advanced thermostats learn your habits and adjust your home's temperature on their own.

Smart Blinds

Smart blinds are motorized; opening and closing them is a fully automated process. They operate on a radio currency that allows you to adjust them from anywhere in your home. To control your blinds from your phone or another smart device, you'll need a hub that's connected to your WiFi. You may need to purchase the hub separately from the blinds, so keep that in mind.

Smart Refrigerators

Smart refrigerators are also connected to your home's WiFi. They come with a variety of features that streamline your life, saving you time and money. A smart refrigerator's built-in camera allows you to peek inside when you're away from home, letting you know if that after-work grocery store run is truly necessary. A quick glimpse at your phone will tell you if the filter needs to be replaced, door was left open, or ice maker is empty. Some of the most advanced versions come equipped with a screen display on the door, where you can watch a cooking show, get recipe ideas, and even order groceries.

Home automation simplifies your life by giving you control over your home even when you're miles away. It not only frees up your time, but automating certain key features of your home can improve its resale value and reduce your energy consumption. These benefits make home automation well worth the initial investment.