- Posted by David
- On May 5, 2018
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- Amazon Alexa, Google Home, smart home
Making your home into a smart home is a no-brainer for most people—who wouldn’t want to turn on lights, raise the AC, and lock your doors with the push of a button? However, having 12 different apps for 12 different things can get overly complicated very quickly. What if, instead of individual apps, you could simply say, “Alexa, turn on master bedroom lights” or “OK Google, turn on living room TV?” If you have an Alexa or a Google Home, you can easily streamline all your smart appliances to make turning on your devices as simple as a spoken command!
To start, your average appliances can’t connect to your smart home device of choice; you’ll need to invest in some “smart appliances,” meaning that you’ll need to get a device that can already be controlled through Wi-Fi or an application on your phone. This could be the Nest for your thermostat, August’s Smart Lock for your doors, and Phillips’ Hue lights for your light bulbs, just to name a few.
Once you’ve set up the smart appliances that you have, it’s as simple as pressing a few buttons. For the Amazon Echo, launch the app on your phone and find the Enable button. Click that and find the skill that you want Alexa to perform—simple as that. Once you enable your light bulbs, television, thermostat, and whatever else you want automated for your smart home, you’re set to go!
For Google Home, it’s basically the same—once your smart devices have been set up per the manufacturer’s instructions, open the Google Home app, tap the Menu button, Home Control, and Devices. All the smart devices that are attached to your Wi-Fi will show up, so all you’re left to do is tap what devices you want to connect.
If you’re looking to turn your home into an automated smart home, consider HT-Install. We can install the top-notch surveillance technology and home theaters that can be controlled right from your smartphone! To get your smart home up and running, call us today at 561-771-5900. We look forward to hearing from you.