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Smart Devices Perfect for Your Apartment

Smart Devices Perfect For Your Apartment

We live in a smart world. With technology seeping into every aspect of our lives, it’s not surprising that you would consider upgrading your home to take advantage of the convenience and comfort it affords.

If you’ve considered making your home more connected, automation is the way to go. It will be more convenient to access and control things around your home. Since smart technology connects different areas of your living space to a central command — usually your mobile phone, tablet or computer — you can operate everything from a single point.

Besides remote control, smart tools come with unique features that improve their functionality, ultimately upgrading your living space. A smart doorbell, for instance, will not simply alert you when there’s a visitor — any doorbell can do that. You can also see and communicate with the person since the doorbell has an in-built camera and microphone. 

Here are our top ideas for a perfect smart home:

Smart Lighting: Control Lighting in Every Room

It’s one thing to replace devices around your apartment that are not connected to the electrical wiring and quite another to replace those that need that connection to function. That’s the case with home lighting. How do you make that smart without rewiring and replacing switches and bulbs?

There are two ways to migrate from a traditional lighting system to an intuitive one without a whole electrical rework.

  • Get smart bulbs: Replacing your ordinary bulbs with smart ones allows you to experience smart lighting without changing anything else. Connect the bulb to your home Wi-Fi network and control it remotely.
  • Get smart plug converters: Upgrade your existing lights with smart plugs. A smart plug goes into the wall outlet, and your lights go into the smart plug. You can control any device directly connected to the plug using an app on your phone or a smart home hub.

With a smart plug, you don’t need to swap out your existing lighting fixtures. You can still control them remotely.

Smart lighting means you can turn your lights on and off or adjust them from a single source. This doesn’t affect your lighting scheme, and it works well with all traditional and creative lighting fixtures.

Voice-Activated Assistants: Your Personal Home Helper

Ever since Apple launched its AI-powered virtual assistant Siri in 2011, other companies have followed suit with their own interactive digital assistants that you can operate with your voice. A voice-activated assistant is a software that carries out tasks through voice commands.

The technology is huge. In 2022, nearly half of the U.S. population was using voice assistants, with the number expected to increase.

Take Your Smart Apartment to the Next Level

A voice assistant takes your smart apartment to the next level. You go from pressing buttons on your smart home hub to issuing verbal commands. These digital assistants are already available on your smartphone. All you need is to set up an account with a provider of your choice and connect the software to your home Wi-Fi.

Popular Voice Assistants for Apartment Dwellers

Today, every tech giant seems to have its own voice-activated assistants, which are available on smartphones, smart TVs and dedicated smart speakers. Here are four big brands perfect for use at home:

  • Apple Siri: Siri works with Apple products and other compatible devices.
  • Amazon Alexa: Alexa is available on Amazon devices like the Amazon Echo smart speaker and controls smart home devices.
  • Google Assistant: This assistant works with other Google products and offers seamless control of smart appliances.
  • Microsoft Cortana: Cortana is available on Microsoft products and is relatively reliable for home use.

Creative Uses of Voice Assistants at Home

Voice assistants recognize and process human speech, but they also learn your habits using a powerful system called natural language processing (NLP) and that allows them to perform a wide range of tasks such as:

  • Answering questions: Ask them anything, such as the date, weather or information about products and services. Your assistant will respond and offer recommendations tailored to your preferences and search history.
  • Making phone calls: Your assistant can make calls, send messages, set reminders and schedule meetings.
  • Operating home devices: The most convenient way to use AI assistants at home is when operating smart devices. An app on your phone is convenient, but it gets better with an integrated voice assistant, which eliminates the need to touch anything.

Maximizing Space: Wireless Sound Systems

Space is a crucial factor in apartments. You want to maximize space while avoiding clutter. With a wireless sound system, your home can feel like a theater without the need for bulky equipment and networks of cables all over the place. Traditional wireless sound systems use Bluetooth and have limitations like disconnecting due to being out of range. In contrast, smart wireless sound systems use Wi-Fi to play audio from your devices or stream from other sources online.

Smart speakers are compact and feature multiroom playback — music plays through different speakers in different rooms simultaneously. You can control the speakers with a smartphone app. Alternatively, big names like Sonos, Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini have integrated AI assistants for voice commands.

Best sound systems for small spaces

If you live in a rental apartment, these compact and powerful sound system brands are the best on the market. They’re perfect for small spaces, designed to be as out-of-the-way as possible and offer quality intuitive speakers with voice control functionality. Here are our top picks:

  • Sonos
  • Google Nest
  • Amazon Echo
  • Apple HomePod
  • Bluesound Pulse M

Automated Cleaning Devices: A Busy Urbanite’s Dream

Today, robot vacuums have become lifesavers for those who want to maintain a spotless space without doing the cleaning themselves. How amazing will it be to have your home cleaned while you’re away or busy working on something else?

That’s where automated cleaning devices such as robot vacuums, window cleaning robots, robot mops and smart air purifiers come in. These compact robots are an upgrade from traditional vacuuming and manual dusting.

Since these smart cleaning devices require a Wi-Fi connection, you can operate them with voice controls or remotely via an app and even schedule them to turn on and off at specific times.

Embrace the Smart Apartment Lifestyle

Embracing the Smart Apartment Lifestyle

Upgrading your ordinary apartment to a smart one has many benefits. You’ll enjoy the convenience of operating both your traditional and smart home devices hands-free. The technology lets you set up automation, improve security and even save on energy bills by scheduling tasks like lighting.

Transitioning to a smart lifestyle applies to any living space. You can get smart devices for your apartment and enjoy the perks of an intuitive home. Is your current space ready for a smart lifestyle? If you’re considering factors like design, quality, and community, Triple Crown Corporation can help you find the perfect apartment for smart living. Explore our residential communities today!