Smart devices have become commonplace in most Australian homes, with many having a smart TV, speaker or external Wi-Fi camera. These devices offer convenience, efficiency, and enhanced security, making our lives easier and more connected. However, whilst upgrading your home with smart electrical devices can significantly enhance your living experience, it’s important to choose the right platform and devices.

 

Choose Your Smart Home Platform Carefully

Not every smart device will work on every platform, so it’s essential to do some homework before making any purchases. The main smart home platforms you’ll encounter in Australia are Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa. Each platform has its strengths and compatibility considerations.

  • Apple HomeKit: This platform is ideal for people already invested in the Apple ecosystem. It’s known for its strong privacy features and seamless integration with other Apple products.
  • Google Home: This versatile choice with strong integration capabilities offers a wide range of compatible devices and is known for its powerful voice assistant.
  • Amazon Alexa: This platform boasts a wide array of compatible devices, making it highly adaptable to various needs and preferences. It’s particularly strong in voice command functionalities.

Best Devices For a Modern Home

Upgrading to a smart home involves selecting the right devices to benefit your lifestyle. Here are four of the most popular smart devices.

1.    Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat significantly improves your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. It allows you to control your heating and cooling systems remotely, set schedules, and even learns your preferences over time to optimise energy use. Turning on the air conditioning before you get home on a hot day or adjusting the heating while you’re away enhances your comfort and saves on energy bills.

2.    Smart Lighting

Smart lighting systems offer convenience and energy savings, allowing you to control your lights remotely, set schedules, and create custom lighting to match your mood or activities. For example, you can program your lights to turn on gradually in the morning to help you wake up naturally or set them to dim in the evening for a cozy atmosphere.

Smart Devices for Modern Living

3.    Smart Power Points

Smart power points, or smart plugs, allow you to control non-smart devices remotely. Plug your coffee machine into a smart powerpoint and schedule it to start brewing before you wake up, or control your lamps and other appliances with a simple voice command or tap on your smartphone. This convenience helps streamline your daily routines and enhance your overall living experience.

4.    Security Cameras

Smart security cameras are an excellent investment for improving your home’s security. These cameras allow you to monitor your home remotely, receive alerts for unusual activity, and even communicate with visitors through two-way audio features. Integrating security cameras with your smart home platform provides peace of mind, knowing you have greater control over your home’s safety.

Transform Your Home with Smart Upgrades

Investing in smart home devices transforms your living experience, making your home more convenient, efficient, and secure. JTB Electrical are experts in selecting, installing, repairing, and maintaining smart devices, ensuring your home’s upgrades are seamless, efficient, and tailored to your needs. Give us a call, and we’ll help you select the best devices for your home.