5 Surprising Smart Home Ideas You’d Love To Have

Gone are the days when smart homes were seen as a quirky trend. Now, more and more homeowners are embracing smart home technologies, in terms of form and function and how they make everyday living comfortable.

Smart lights, security cameras, and smart locks are already mainstream, but the innovation doesn’t stop there. Today, countless smart home devices are designed to simplify life with a single swipe.

Here are some excellent examples.

Smart Aromatherapy Diffuser

After deep cleaning, make your home smell refreshingly good with a high-tech aromatherapy diffuser. No need to worry about leaving scented candles and incense sticks lit because these wifi-powered smart aromatherapy diffusers are not fire hazards. The Atomi Smart Light-Up Aromatherapy Diffuser offers smartphone controls and comes with many different light colors to create a beautiful and relaxing ambiance. It also has voice activation features and pairs well with Alexa or Google Assistant.

Winter-Friendly Smart Toilet

A heated toilet seat, automatic lid, dual flushing, bidet capabilities, and a night light that helps you locate it even without turning the lights on — smart toilets are everything you wish for and more. The Kohler Intelligent Toilet combines groundbreaking design and impressive smart home innovations.

Smart Mirror with Built-in Skin Analyzer

There’s now a smart mirror in the market that can play your groove to set you in the mood from Alexa, Spotify, or YouTube when you get ready for work in the morning. But what’s even cooler is that it comes with impressive high-tech features that analyze your overall skin health, helping you identify which beauty products are effective or causing breakouts. It has a built-in camera that scans and targets your skin issues, including wrinkles, fine lines, or acne, and creates a tailored skincare routine to address them. It can also serve as your camera with the perfect, most flattering light with snaps ready to be posted on social media.

Smart Home Thermostats

Cut back on your home’s energy costs without sacrificing your home’s comfort. EcoBee4 thermostat can be installed with additional occupancy sensors to help optimize heating and cooling needs, so areas with low foot traffic that are further away from the sensor won’t take up much energy. Control with easy voice commands with your Alexa or Google Assistant.

Automatic Puppy Door for Homes

The best smart home technologies always consider every family member — including furry, four-legged ones. Now, there’s no need to worry about how your pet can safely go out to your backyard to do their business when you’re out for work. myQ Pet Portal lets you do all that and more. Get updates about your pup’s comings and goings with customized alerts and preferences. The smart puppy door also has a stylish and discreet design that doesn’t interfere with the home’s aesthetics.

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Prewire installation calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for ALL home automation technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including 'future-ready' wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home. The wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring, not for electrical.
Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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