Amazing Home Life Hacks for Your DIY Smart Home

By Nick Matteo | September 23, 2016

It’s not a regular home; it’s a cool home.

home life hacksThere are two kinds of people in this world: people who can scroll through their feed without watching or impulsively clicking on all the life hack videos they see, and people who can’t resist. If you’re the second kind of person, and you spend a good portion of your free time implementing life hacks youtube and facebook have shown you, this is the blog for you.

You should have more in your home improvement toolbox than just great resources: add in these awesome home life hacks for a DIY smart home! We’ve divided them up into two levels–one for beginners, and one for the really committed DIY enthusiast.

Home Life Hacks: Level 1

  • Philips Hue. Are you totally new to smart home life hacks? Philips Hue is the place to start. Not only are LED lights more efficient and long-lasting than traditional halogen light bulbs, but these are totally adjustable! On top of that, they’re remote access and can be controlled entirely by your smartphone. This is a great way to reap the benefits a smart home can bring, without making a huge commitment on your time/finances.
  • Husqvarna AutoMower. Speaking of big financial commitments, the AutoMower is a miracle of automation. The Roomba of the outdoors, it costs a pretty $2,400, but consider the time saved!
  • Nest Thermostat. This one tends to pay for itself over time. The Nest Thermostat allows you to control the heat remotely, and it learns your habits over time, eventually meaning less involvement is needed on your end to ensure energy efficiency and a warm home when you step in the door.

Home Life Hacks: Level 2

For the serious DIY aficionado, the level 2 hacks require a good time commitment and a certain amount of giftedness with technology.

  • Nest Cam or Canary security systems can be set up yourself in a weekend, and are very affordable.
  • Smart water valves require a little plumbing savvy, and allow you to turn your water off remotely. Some even do it automatically if they sense a burst pipe.

Now that we’ve shown you some cool ways to make your home smarter, a word of caution:

Thenextweb.com points out the flaws of relying too heavily on DIY-only smart home configuration. If you’re looking for something more complete as far as smart homes go, installation can be a pain. Also, making sure all that software is compatible can be daunting. That’s why you should carefully consider your goals beforehand.

If you’re just looking for a few home life hacks to make life easier, then feel free to DIY-it. If you want the smartest of the smart homes, however, you might want to consider a consultation with a professional who can help you determine what system you want, and the best way to install it.

And if you’re still not sold on the smart home idea, check out our blog on some of the other cool smart home technology that exists.

 

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