Your home can be as connected, automated and smart as you want it to be with smart home devices like smart speakers and displays. Perhaps you already own a smart thermostat that learns the rhythms of your day. Maybe you control and program your home lighting, including LED light strips, with a smartphone app. Or you've automated your doors with keyless locks and smart garage door openers. You may even have a smart home security system set up with cameras that can be accessed from anywhere. To further enhance your home and tie all the devices together, your next step is to add a voice assistant. Then you can control these smart devices not just from an app, but with your voice alone. Alternatively, if you're just getting into the swing of home automation, you can start with the voice control device and add other smart devices as you have time and funds. If you purchase a voice assistant with a speaker, you can use it to play music and podcasts, set alarms and timers, even play a trivia game every day. You don't need mesh Wi-Fi to have a smart home, but it helps to eliminate dead spots and ensure you'll reach those devices in remote corners. For the ultimate smart home setup, it might be helpful to schedule a free smart home consultation. Our Home Experts will make sure you end up with the best smart speakers for your needs and space.
Getting the most out of your voice assistant.
You'll realize more benefits of voice control every day you use it. Even if you're elbow-deep in dinner prep, your voice assistant can serve up music or a podcast. Control your TV's compatible streaming devices with just your voice instead of using the remote control to search for television shows. If your arms are full of groceries when you enter your home after dark, you can give a simple voice command to turn on your smart lights that are connected to smart switches to brighten your return. Research the technical specs of individual smart home controllers that might be important for you, such as speaker quality or ability to understand verbal commands. But the device's compatibility with your existing hardware and software platforms may be even more important. For instance, if you rely on your personal calendar in Google, you may want to choose a smart display with built-in Google Assistant to make integration even easier. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may lean toward purchasing a smart speaker that works with Amazon Alexa. And if you’re loyal to Apple products, something that syncs with your entire Apple Homekit is right up your alley.