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Smart Home Essentials for 2018

The internet of things (IOT). If you’re not familiar, it’s the inter-connectivity of everyday devices to the internet. As 2018 rolls around, we can expect to see an increase in smart home technology around the home – and we’re just getting started. Smart technology in the home has the ability to make our lives more convenient and potentially increase the value of your home. It instantly gives your home a more modern feel, and may be a selling point so some buyers. Here are a few smart home essentials for 2018 from this guest post written by Casper you may want to consider in the new year.


A new home calls for many many must haves, and when it comes to shopping for these different Essentials the options are plentiful. The glory of technology is certainly convenience, and many homes today have appliances and features that integrate seamlessly to make your home a sort of personal control center. When it comes to adjusting or committing to technology for our homes, the saturated market provides far too many options leaving consumers confused by the range of products and their relevance in the future.

When investing in these new-age home essentials, It’s hard not to ask yourself if these products will actually help you or hinder you? Will they be an obsolete investment in a few years time or maybe my best new found gadget? We all know that a new home is a great time to upgrade our essentials and replace the overlooked and overworn necessities from our past. We are helping to navigate the essentials minefield of a list by bringing you our top smart home must haves of 2018 – all to better equip your new haven!


Last year was the year of the speak to search hubs and home assistants, including Google Home and Amazon Alexa. This trend quickly became a convenient staple in homes across the globe. Expect this home accessory to continue to integrate with other smart home accessories and keep evolving. The Amazon Echo Show is Alexa’s latest spawn – offering voice commanded search with the convenience of a mini display to compliment.


Smart appliance are an endless sea of options and features, almost everything can be made with a screen and some kind of new age connectivity. Hard thing is getting ourselves to invest in these expensive essentials that might be changed and upgraded year after year – making yours obsolete or slow to work. One smart appliance that can be justified in any home is a smart thermostat – these allow you to control your energy from anywhere. Turn up the heat an hour before you get home – so you’re cozy when you walk in the door.

Utility Accessories

It’s no secret that today Wi-fi is the pulse within our homes. Many of our houses go from smart to dumb in a quick flash when we lose Wireless connection or skip on a bill. Many of us also know the frustrations that come with wireless dead zones in our homes, consider equipping your house with a wi-fi extender or gaming grade router to ensure the best connectivity.

Smart Lighting

LED Bulbs are not only smart but efficient, saving on both energy and frequent replacement costs. LED is old news now, the next best thing in smart lighting is Smart Bulbs like the Phillips Smart Hue LED light bulbs, these necessities are now equipped with wireless features that lets you customize dimming, color changes, and even flickering (color change) when your cell rings or receives a message.

Security Features

Security systems that protect your homes and belongings are common and  sold almost everywhere today. Many systems are offered and installed through your utility providers but there are countless wireless options like Nest and Simplisafe (self installed) too. If you want home monitoring – chances are you already have it. More interestingly, this new trend of dog cameras offer a whole new sense of security – you can check in with your pup and make sure they’re safe and behaving at home alone. Many of these pet camera systems allow you to video chat and even dispense treats – all controlled remotely from your smartphone.


Overly Designed Mattress (Open Cell Foam). Even our mattresses have gotten smarter, not because they are tethered into an outlet or wireless network but because of simple industry innovation. Spring Loaded mattresses are undoubtedly a thing of the past and foam mattresses are here to stay. They offer a balanced support, far more breathability and can be easily ordered online and shrunk to ship directly to you.

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Kyle Hiscock – How Has Smart Home Technology Impacted Real Estate?

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Dustin Brohm – How Smart Home Technology Will Make Keys Obsolete… SOON!

This post first appeared on Evergreen Properties And Investments - Long Beach California Real Estate, please read the originial post: here

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