By Amandalyn Vanover
One of the most attractive reasons home automation is so popular to home owners is its simplicity. The other is the affordability of smart home devices that can be controlled through tablets and smartphones. The introduction of the Apple Watch has made it even easier to control electrical and electronic devices in your house from far away and increase security, while lowering energy bills and lessening your carbon footprint all at the same time.
When you want to keep an eye on your property without installing high priced cameras and gadgets, download the Surveillance app. It’s by far one of the best apps in smart home security available today. To use, download the Surveillance app for free to two of your iOS devices. This can be any combination of an iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch.
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Insteon DIY smart home systems owners should use this app after pairing with the Apple Watch to remotely control lights, thermostats, appliances and ceiling fans. In addition, users are able to view camera feeds and receive notification alerts from a number of sensors, including for water leaks and motion detection. The Insteon for Hub app also allows the user to create scenes; presetting the ability to turn on numerous appliances at one time.
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Imagine staying connected with your loves ones at home by way of the Withings HD camera app featuring environmental sensors. This state of the art technology with instant access from the Apple Watch allows homeowners a way to create a safer and healthier home for their family. Homelapse is an innovative feature of Withings, allowing users to review an entire day in a few seconds of video with the help of their newest time-lapse technology. Users instantly access live streaming and get noise and motion alerts. This Withings DIY security camera comes equipped with two-way audio, night vision and a 135 degree viewing angle.
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How many times have you left home without adjusting your thermostat? Have you ever had to suddenly leave town or the country to travel? So, how do you control your temperatures at home from afar? With the Honeywell Lyric free app, owners of the Honeywell Lyric thermostat can control their home energy with a touch of their wrist. The great feature to this app is it automatically detects when you leave the house, return to your home and leave again. Upon leaving, the app automatically starts saving energy and when you return home, the Honeywell Lyric app automatically starts to cool down or warm up your appliances.
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With the use of Phillips Hue products in your house, you can control lights and switches with the Phillips Hue app for free. The Phillip Hues lighting products are not only functional but are highly classy and aesthetic, which makes them perfect for the person wanting smart home automation without sacrificing superior home décor. This lines of products with the use of the convenient Phillips Hue app are beneficial for the elderly and the physically challenged alike.
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When it comes to thermostat apps, the free Ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat app has it all! This app designed for owners of the ecobee3 utilizes multiple remote sensors to allow for specific changes to temperatures in different areas of the home. Features include being able to remotely manage and change humidity settings, temperature settings and fan modes in your smart house.
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The ability of the Apple Watch and other smartwatches to interact with our homes has taken smart home automation to an entirely new level. Simple app interfaces make it easy to access and control your smart home products from anywhere, anytime.