Your Smart Home: Making Voice Control Easy
Remember the last time you couldn’t find the remote control right before your favorite show started? Imagine turning on the TV with your voice instead of frantically digging through the couch cushions. Smart home voice control makes this easy and affordable, and there are numerous smart devices around the house that can be controlled by your voice.
To get started, you will need a smart speaker with a voice assistant built in, such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home. Be sure that any smart devices you want are compatible with your favorite voice assistant before making any purchases, but here are some practical examples for your smart home.
Fans keep us cool but can be inconvenient to turn on and off or set to the correct speed. Controlling a ceiling fan with your voice is easier and doesn’t even require buying a new fan. If the fan uses a remote, there are smart devices that can control your fan by sending infrared or radio frequency signals to turn the fan on or off. This makes your existing ceiling fans “smart” and allows you to control them using your favorite voice assistant.
Another option is to replace your basic light switch on the wall with a smart switch to give the fan voice control. While this requires some knowledge of light switches, it’s not too complicated. Once you set up the smart switch, you can control it with your voice, set it on a schedule or manage it while you are away from home.
You can also control small fans using a smart outlet for the same functionality. The smart outlet goes between your fan and the wall’s outlet to easily turn on or off anything that’s plugged in, including a fan. If you feel hot while working in your office, just tell your voice assistant to turn on the fan.
There are also many smart thermostats that are compatible with voice assistants. When relaxing on the couch or lying in bed, you might feel uncomfortably hot or cold. Adjusting the fan or AC without getting up is pretty convenient. Turning on fans or changing the temperature with your voice may also mean energy savings since you are able to adjust the temperature in your home so easily.
Whether you’re keeping an eye out for a delivery driver, an expected guest or your dog while he’s in the yard, security cameras can give you some peace of mind. Using a voice assistant with a camera also adds convenience. It’s easy to display your camera’s live feed on your home TV, tablet, phone or even a voice assistant with a built-in screen. If you’re busy in the kitchen or relaxing upstairs, you can peek at the front door by simply asking your voice assistant to display the camera’s live feed on the TV.
When you watch a movie at home, you may like everything a certain way so that you can enjoy the show comfortably. Using a voice assistant, you can set up a “movie mode” that will help you set everything all at once by dimming the lights, adjusting the AC and turning the TV to your favorite streaming service. For this, you will need to buy additional hardware. A smart light bulb or switch will allow you to control the lights, while a hub or a media streaming device will give you control of the TV.
Using voice assistants to control devices around your home can be easy and convenient. Your futuristic dream home is no longer out of reach — with these ideas, you can set up smart home voice control from the future, today.