Gifts for your family: Smart home tech gadgets

The holiday season is just around the corner. If you are looking to upgrade your home devices to better, smarter Internet of things (IoT) technologies, read on!

What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

In plain words, IoT devices connect any device with an on and off switch to a network, such as the Internet or to each other. Being connected to the Internet means that you can remotely control the device. What’s more impressive is that some devices have pattern recognizing capabilities that can save you time and the energy of pressing buttons. Some common IoT devices are smart door locks, bluetooth trackers, lights, thermostats, and kitchen devices.

Here is a list of the powerful and most valuable IoT tech gadgets that you should invest in:

Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat allows you to control your home temperature remotely from your smartphones, allowing you to adjust 5-7 degrees during the hotter months and 5-10 degrees during the winter season. The pattern-recognizing capability will learn your preferred temperature during a certain time and automatically adjust to fit your comfort level. For instances, the temperature will automatically climb slightly during your sleeping hours to conserve electricity.

Smart Doorbell

A smart doorbell, such as Ring, notifies the smartphone of the home owners when a guest arrives to the entrance of the door. Many of these doorbells contain a video recording function, which allows you to see activity at your door from your phone remotely. With this technology, you will always know when a package arrives or when a salesperson comes by.  If also helps deter would-be thieves or helps identify them with video surveillance.

Bluetooth Trackers

A Bluetooth tracker such as Tile is perhaps the best tech gift for friends or family members that lose things. After putting the tracker on your desired item such as keys, a wallet, or even your pet, you can track the location of it on your phone. When you have selected the command on your phone, the alarm on the tracker will sound. There’s a button on the tracker that will allow you to find your phone as well.

If you are looking to repair your home appliance or install a smart thermostat, call ELA Home Repairs at 800-368-7767 for a free referral to a licensed, bonded, and insured technician.


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