Smart Home Essentials 2018
Being a homeowner has always been serious business, so why not make it a smarter experience? Today, new types of technology have popped up that are dedicated to improving your quality of life at home. So, you’re not just providing a more comfortable and secure lifestyle for you and your family, you are also bringing your house into the future. Not sure where to start? From phone controlled lights to smart smoke detectors, here are the essential gadgets and gizmos you need to be a smart homeowner. And HelloTech offers expert installation/configuration for all of your favorite smart home devices!
A smart home staple is the Amazon Echo. With this device, Alexa becomes your smart home assistant. Among many other useful functions, Amazon is working on making Alexa even smarter so she can do more high-function tasks like hail a rideshare or order a pizza. When you have the compatible devices, Alexa can lock doors, adjust the thermostat, and even warn you when there’s smoke in your room. The Echo now comes in five different colors to complement your home’s interiors. Do you already have an Echo and want to get everything connected to it? HelloTech can help out! Our expert techs will setup your Amazon Echo, connect it to all your compatible smart home devices, and show you all the functionalities, tips and tricks! Book an expert Amazon Echo Setup for just $79.
Amazon Cloud Cam
Has someone been taking too many cookies from the cookie jar? Then, the Amazon Cloud Cam is the indoor camera you need. Its 24/7 functionality can be the tireless eyes you need when monitoring what’s inside your house. It captures everything in high-definition, so you don’t miss the tiny details. It can also act as a an intercom to other rooms in your house with its two-way capabilities; so, yelling through the house for your kids to come down for dinner will be a thing of the past. As an added security feature, the Amazon Cloud Camera will also send you alerts when it detects activity in a room.
Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit
Technology has found its way to improve just about anything, including your lights! The Philips Hue White LED gives you full control of your lights. You can dim and switch your lights on and off from right at the palm of your hand. It’s Energy Star-certified, so it’s not just a smart light but it also helps you conserve electricity. It’s super easy to install and is also compatible with your smart assistants. Pairing it with Alexa or Siri can give you full voice control of your lights, so you can turn on, shut off, or dim, without moving a muscle. Waking up, going to sleep, or setting the mood has never been easier.
One smart way to even out the temperature in your house is with Ecobee4, the latest smart thermostat from Ecobee. It uses sensors to accurately read the temperature in your home and balance it out. Say goodbye to hot or cold spots. It also comes with the Amazon Assistant, Alexa, so it can be fully voice-controlled. Away from the thermostat? You can download the app and adjust the temperature from there. It also comes with a monthly energy report so it can help you save up on your light bill.
August Smart Lock
Tired of fumbling for your keys? The August Smart Lock will help you out with smart features. It will lock your door when you are inside. It will unlock your door when you are near it, allowing keyless entry. When paired with Alexa, you can control the smart lock with a simple voice command. Not sure whether your door’s locked or not? The DoorSense feature will help you out with that, so all you have to do is download the app. August Smart lock gives you ultra peace of mind, and you don’t have to stress about installation because the experts at HelloTech can help you with that!
Ring Video Doorbell
With the Ring Video Doorbell, you will never miss out on your visitors, even when you’re not at home. The doorbell is triple-purpose: it acts as a doorbell, a front door security camera, and a video phone. Long gone are the days of missing your packages, since now you can talk to the mailman right through the doorbell. The Ring Video Doorbell also has infrared night vision for your nighttime visitors. Lastly, its weather-resistant feature also helps with the device’s longevity. And HelloTech is Ring’s official installation partner; so get yourself a Ring Video Doorbell and book your HelloTech installation today!
Netgear Arlo Pro
This wireless camera is perfect for securing your home’s exterior. Its wirelessness makes inconspicuous and sleek, while it’s weather-resistant and sturdy design makes it worth your money. It shoots in 1080p high definition, so you can catch every detail as your kids play in the backyard. During the nighttime, the Netgear Arlo Pro can send alerts to your phone or prompt emergency responders when it detects unusual activity, ensuring your family’s safety. And you can book expert installation of Arlo Pro and all Arlo products with HelloTech!
It’s time you switch out your yellowing, old smoke detectors with the newer and smarter Nest Protect. This smart device is a smoke and CO detector, that constantly tests itself to avoid false alarms. Flambeing in the kitchen? Rather than alarming you with shrill sounds, Nest Protect talks to you through your phone, where you can also flag it down as a false alarm. When CO and smoke levels are rising, Nest protect will also give you a prompt to call emergency responders.