How to choose smart plugs and outlets for your home.
There are many awesome things you can do with a smart plug. When you pair a smart outlet plug with different devices, fixtures or appliances in your home, you gain the ability to turn them on and off remotely. You can also use a smart outlet to cut off the power to certain devices that continue pulling power even when they are turned off, making smart plugs a great tool for more sustainable living.
Smart sockets aren’t only for inside use; there are also outdoor smart plugs and outlets. These are built to better withstand the elements than indoor smart plugs and outlets. They allow you to control outdoor lights and other outdoor electronics with an app or with a smart speaker or display.
When picking the best smart outlet plug for your home, you can choose the voltage setting and the kinds of ports you need. 120 volt and 125 volt smart plugs and outlets can handle most standard household items. You might also want an outlet with two sockets or one with a USB port as well—that way, you can charge a phone without unplugging another device or fixture.
Why you should use smart plugs and outlets.
When a device is connected to a smart Wi-Fi plug, you can use an app on your smartphone or tablet to turn the power on and off whenever you need. You control the outlet, so you can make almost any device a smart device. For example, if you plug your coffee maker into a smart outlet, you can schedule it to start brewing first thing in the morning. Or, if you’re lying in bed and want to turn on a space heater or fan, you can comfortably control them without getting up.
Plugging lamps into sockets with smart capabilities can boost your home’s security by allowing you to control in-home lighting even when you’re traveling. You can also adjust brightness levels if the lamp is dimmable. If this sounds appealing, you might also enjoy other smart lighting options as well.
Naturally, to get the best smart plug experience, or the best experience with any smart home tech, you want to be sure you have a strong and secure Wi-Fi network. And if you have a lot of space in your home, consider mesh Wi-Fi or a Wi-Fi extender for the best coverage.
Integrating smart plugs and outlets into your home provides you with newfound control and efficiency, making everyday tasks more manageable. Luckily, it is easy to learn how to use and install smart plugs, but if you need any expert assistance, you can always contact Best Buy’s smart home services.