Frequently Asked Questions
Can smart home gadgets really save me money?
It may not appear logical that expensive gadgets for your home could lead to long-term savings, but the reality is quite different. Numerous smart home technologies are specifically designed to reduce your monthly expenses in various ways.
For instance, Ecobee claims that by automatically adjusting your thermostat as you come and go, it can achieve an average energy savings of 23%. Similarly, the Rachio smart sprinkler controller can postpone your irrigation schedule if it detects rainfall, thereby reducing water consumption. Although these devices may initially be pricier compared to their non-connected counterparts, they can potentially offset the cost through long-term savings.
What is a hub?
Smart home hubs are small and plug into your router. They don’t look like much, but they can function as the brains behind your smart home. These hubs communicate with the devices around your home, connecting them to each other and the Internet.
The big advantage to hubs is that it allows you to automate more smart home gadgets together. You can program your smart lights to turn on when security cameras see someone on your porch.
Hubs also allow you to control all compatible devices within one app.
How do I get started?
Begin by looking around your home and noticing the little annoyances that you wish could be automated. If you’re constantly adjusting the thermostat, you probably need a smart thermostat. If you accidentally leave the lights on, then check out smart light bulbs. Concerned about securing your home from a break-in? Smart security cameras are the way to go.
After you pick a smart home device, you’ll want to research other home tech you will want to buy, to see if the gadgets are compatible with one another.
How can I make sure my smart home won’t get hacked?
This is understandably a major concern for many customers. The most crucial step in ensuring the security of your smart home is similar to what you would do for a router or printer: establish strong and unique passwords. Some devices come with default usernames and passwords preconfigured, often using generic credentials like “admin” and “password123.” It is highly recommended to avoid such devices altogether, as it indicates a lack of emphasis on cybersecurity. However, if you find yourself with one of these devices, it is essential to change the password immediately, at the very least.
To determine if a smart home device is secure, look for security measures like AES 128-bit encryption, Transport Layer Security, https access, and encryption. You will also want to know where exactly your videos are stored if they are in the company’s cloud storage, since that could mean Amazon Web Services or some other data center. Recognized brands with a strong reputation are also a good bet.
If you can’t find any information at all about security, then it’s probably insecure and easily hackable.