You live in a rental apartment or condo, and you’ve heard more and more about smart homes. You’re curious but not sure what it means to have one. Well, this blog post is for you! We are going to talk about the basics of living in a smart home and some of the benefits that come with having one.
Your landlord might be able to install a smart thermostat in your apartment.
These thermostats can be programmed to turn off automatically, saving you money on your electricity bill. You’ll also find that the temperature will more closely match what you like throughout the day and night.
You can control the temperature by voice or app on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can also set schedules, so the temperature is just right for you when you get home from work.
You might be able to use a smart charger in your apartment.
These chargers are great because they offer to charge faster while saving energy by knowing how much power you need and only using that amount of electricity, rather than constantly drawing power from the outlet.
And if you have a bunch of devices, they’ll all charge at the maximum speed possible without damaging your battery or overheating it. You can plug in multiple devices and know that they will be charged as fast as possible because these chargers are designed to maximize efficiency with up to four plugs for you. Plus, these chargers come with smart features that allow them to be controlled remotely from the internet or apps so they
Make sure you have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm installed
The smoke detectors are a must for safety. The carbon monoxide alarm will make sure that the air quality in your home is being monitored at all times.
Smoke detectors are easy to install. All you have to do is put them on the ceiling at the height of about six feet and make sure it’s in the middle of any living areas, including bedrooms. Connecting carbon monoxide alarms with your heating systems can help keep air quality higher inside your home.
Smoke detectors shouldn’t be installed in the kitchen, bathroom, or garage for safety purposes as they may not go off when needed due to interference from cooking and exhaust fumes. The best place is on a ceiling at least six feet high and close to any living area inside of your home.
Put up motion-sensing lights that turn on automatically when someone enters
This way, you won’t have to worry about forgetting or leaving a light on, and it will reduce the likelihood of your utility bills being too high.
Larger homes might also want to consider having outdoor motion-sensing lights installed near entrances, garages, stairwells, patios, etc., so people can see what they’re doing outside at night.
Motion-sensing light kits can be found for as low as $25 online or at your local home improvement store, and installation is relatively simple, so give it a try!
Smart lighting in a rental apartment or condo is an easy upgrade that both increases safety and saves energy costs!
Get an Amazon Echo for hands-free music streaming and controlling of other devices
You can find the Amazon Echo in the home section of most stores. Once you have it, connect your speaker to play music hands-free on-demand and ask Alexa to turn off or dim the lights when you’re done with your evening routine.
You can also use an Echo Dot as a night light! It plugs into any outlet and has adjustable brightness. You can connect your Echo device to smart plugs that will turn off devices automatically when you say, “Alexa, I’m going to bed,” or if they detect motion in the room.
Smart plugs are a great investment and can help conserve energy.
A smart plug is a simple device that plugs into an outlet and turns it on or off via Wi-Fi connection to the home’s router, allowing homeowners and renters alike to control their devices from afar. Some of the most popular modes for using smart plugs include turning lights on at dusk, setting up automated coffee or tea makers, and turning a fan on to circulate air in the summer.
The best smart plugs for apartments and renters are those that don’t require individual installations in each room. Some plug-in models are available with one single card that can be plugged into any outlet–great for anyone who lives in an apartment building without dedicated power outlets in every room.