My smart home
Over the past several years, I’ve slowly been building out my smart home. It started with a Nest Thermostat in 2012. Then several years went by and I tested out a couple of smart switches for the basement. When those were easy to install and worked well, I was addicted. I mapped out a plan to upgrade every frequently used light in the house. I have been slowly and diligently adding more and more smart devices to my house ever since.
Powerful, fun and easy
Building a smart home is fun. With all of the tools out there now, it is easy too. It is so convenient to have the ability to control devices around your home. It is powerful to be able to set up lighting routines and command a smart speaker to control things. It is secure to be able to answer the door on your phone and see packages when they are delivered on your front porch. It is efficient and economic to manage your energy usage with smart lights and smart thermostats.
You can do it too!
I have really enjoyed setting up my smart home, and love using it. Along the way, I have learned a lot about the devices, how they work, how to install them, what works well, and what does not. With so much knowledge, I thought I would share how I did it. By starting small, testing a few devices, and adding more over time, I think you will see that it is not as hard as you think to build an amazing smart home!
What this site is about
You will notice that this site does not present an exhaustive evaluation of the alternatives available to accomplish things. Nor does it provide extensive product reviews that include detailed technical specs and pros and cons of each option. There are many other technical resources on the web for that purpose. What this site does do is show you what is possible with a smart home and provide you with a simple path to accomplish it. There are many options and alternatives available to build your smart home. I suggest that you start small, try a few things out, and then experiment, research and adapt as you find the best way to do things for you and your home. That is half of the fun after all. I hope that I can help a little bit to get you started.