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5 gadgets to smarten up your home

It’s not just our phones and TVs that are getting smarter but our homes too. Designed to make your day to day life that bit easier with smart functions and handy reminders, smart gadgets can be voice-controlled or accessed remotely from your smartphone. Find everything from voice assistants to remote cameras, heating and lighting. Best of all, many of products can connect with each other to create a smart ecosystem throughout your home.

Kit out your home with our 5 go-to gadgets to smarten up your home.

  • Smart heating
  • Smart security
  • Smart safety
  • Smart lighting
  • Smart speakers
Smart heating
Smart heating

There’s nothing quite like coming home to an already-warm house in the middle of winter. You can control a smart heating system or smart thermostat from anywhere, with just a few taps on your phone. Not only ideal for turning on when you’re on your way home, but you can also make sure you never forget to turn it off. Find a range of finishes and displays from Hive, Honeywell, Google Nest and Worcester.

Smart security
Smart security

If you take your home security seriously, a smart security camera is a great addition for peace of mind. They allow you to keep an eye on everything going on, in and around your property, by simply checking the feed and managing things on your phone. Not to mention plenty of security cameras have motion sensors, so you get notified when something triggers them. Indoor or outdoor, find options from Google Nest, Yale and Netatmo with motion sensors, two way audio and built-in floodlights.

Smart safety
Smart safety

Gone are the days of frantically waving the tea towel and beeping batteries in the night. Smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save the need for two separate alarms in your home and can be simply set up in a matter of minutes. With automatic self-testing, voice alerts and app syncing, with the Google Nest Protect you can even silence the alarm from your phone once everything’s under control.

Smart lighting
Smart lighting

Smart bulbs come in a huge variety of fittings, shapes and sizes and are one of the most innovate smart products to control with voice commands. Play around with different moods and colours in the kid’s bedrooms or adjust the brightness of a white bulb as you settle down to watch a movie. With options including Sengled and Hive, simply turn off the lights from the comfort of your bed using your smartphone or voice assistant.

Smart speakers
Smart speakers

Switch off the kitchen lights from the comfort of your bed, adjust the heating from the sofa and check in on the pets or a delivery while you’re out of the house. Almost all smart products are now compatible with smart assistants such as Google and Amazon Alexa. Simply sync and connect your compatible smart products, for remote smartphone access wherever you are and handsfree voice control around the home.

Learn about how to make your home smart and find more smart home gadgets including hubs, sockets and appliances.

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