How to Keep Warm Using Your Smart Home
5 Smart home gadgets that will help you beat the winter cold.
Now that the creepy fun of Halloween is out of the way, your thoughts may turn to winter. In the northern hemisphere, the nights draw in, the days grow shorter, and a definite chill hangs in the air. Leaving the warm comfort of your bed gets harder every morning.
Before you move to turn up the thermostat, take a pause. Is there a way to use smart home technology to keep warm this winter?
Let’s find out.
We’ve talked about these great devices before and for good reason. The Nest Learning Thermostat controls the temperature in your home, much like any thermostat. But they’re capable of learning how you use your home. It won’t heat rooms you’re not using, saving you money.
Working late at the office? Use your smartphone to switch on your heating while you’re heading home. Even better, you can control your thermostat with your voice.
Use the Auto-Away Assist function to pair your thermostat with your phone. Your Nest will see if you’re at home using your GPS location.
If you use IFTTT with your smart home, the Auto-Away feature can do so much more. Your Nest thermostat can turn lights off, enable door locks, and turn on your smart security system.
Haiku Smart Fan
Hot air rises, so heat often collects at the ceiling. You don’t get the benefit of that heat, so you turn up your thermostat to compensate.
What if there was a way to direct the warm air back down into the room?
The Haiku Smart Fan does the job. It runs using a slower speed so it won’t send a chilly draft into the room. The fan mixes the air to reduce your heating costs.
This fan also integrates with Nest thermostats so the devices work together to keep the temperature where you want it.
When winter gives way to summer, use your fan to help cool your rooms.
Lutron Serena Smart Shades
Fitting new shades might not seem like an obvious choice for keeping your smart home warm. Yet your house can lose 10% of its heat through glazing. Shades help to insulate your home while managing daylight. They also react to voice commands for easy use.
On the downside, the Lutron smart shades are expensive ($350) and they need a smart bridge before they’ll interact with other devices.
WeMo Smart Humidifier
Having a cold and damp house is one thing, but a cold, dry house is no better. Try a smart humidifier to warm your home by moisturizing the air.
The WeMo smart humidifier lets you change humidity levels depending on where you are. It’ll also send alerts to your phone when the water level runs low.
It links with Nest using IFTTT to help you control your home’s climate.
Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector
While not as flashy as the Nest, or as multi-purpose as the Haiku, the Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector is still a useful device.
Choose a range of locations around your home, like under sinks or attached to water heaters. The sensors detect leaks (or freezing pipes), sending an alert to your phone.
You’ll catch problems before they happen, so you won’t be left in a freezing house waiting for repairs on burst pipes. Avoid damage to your belongings from sudden water leaks.
They also connect to your home WiFi so you don’t need an additional hub.
Each of these products on their own can help cut your heating costs and keep your house warm. Use them together and you’ll keep your family toasty all winter. Better yet – why not control them all from a single smartphone interface using the SURE Universal Remote app?
Over to you – which devices do you use to keep your smart home warm?