Renting, you too can enjoy a smart home!

Smart home technology around the world has got interesting in the past couple of years but what happens if you don’t really own your home? If you rent an apartment, your hands are not tied up anymore by your landlords, no more losing your security deposits. You don’t have to spend a fortune on changing your door locks, light switches, heaters only to forgo all of it when you have decided to move on. Well, you are in San Francisco, you can’t avoid moving now and then.

Fortunately, there are tons of options for renters to take advantage of smart home technology. You just have to know what to look for. Keep it streamlined; think about the gadgets which will actually save your time, energy and money. Don’t go over bound, limit the number of gadgets that you would have to take along with you when you decide to move. For starters, you need a WIFI device that can be simply added on to your Residential Audio Video devices: TV, speakers and appliances that you already own. That way you don’t have to break your bank. It used to be that all appliances needed to be interfaced with internet-enabled computer resulting in the pile of wires running around your house and getting things complicated but now a day’s home automation has gone simple. These days it’s all come down to a few clicks on your phone app. It has paved the way to many plugs and play devices straight out of the box. Seriously, No more wiring. Here is some basic stuff that you could consider for a start and add on as you go. Or maybe just google around for San Francisco audio & Video Equipment which are compatible for home automation.

To start with let’s look at the fairly simple smart lighting, which is easy to use straight out of the box and also pack up when it’s time to move. The Philips hue gives a deeper, more vibrant color suiting your mood for a hassle-free smart lighting system. Are you looking for a simpler smart light system, how about the walking down the aisle in IKEA, they do great ones at an affordable price too.

One of the most favorites for many people is the smart plugs like the belkins wemo or the TP links smart plugs. All you have to do is to plug it in your existing power outlets and you are ready to go. You could control your kitchen appliances or the room heaters, really anything connected through it. Put that kettle on before you step into your space.

Smart speakers: Alexa, Siri or Google assistant, who hasn’t heard about it. Amazon’s Echo dot, its tiny compared to echo tower, connects itself to existing speakers via cable or Bluetooth. You can voice control Spotify/Deezer, other smart gadgets, listen to recipes and more.

Smart cameras: Plug and play monitoring devices like canary and piper NV along with systems like smart alarm could help you protect you from the burglary in your rented house.

All you need to is, shop around as options are diverse just think about your requirements and budget and go for it.

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