Tips & Tricks for New Smart Home Owners

Smart home automation makes your life easier and more enjoyable. Plus, it saves you loads of time and keeps your home more secure. Read on to discover our top tips and tricks for


#1 Temperature control

#2 Door and window security

#3 Home lighting

#4 Home theater control

#5 Whole house intercom


Automating Everyday Tasks


Tip 1 - Automate Temperature Control

Brrr, it’s cold outside. Or - wow, it’s so hot! Either way, being too cold or too hot doesn’t make for a comfortable home. That’s especially true when you arrive home after a long day and want to relax. With a smart thermostat, besides setting a standard heating and cooling schedule, you can also change the temperature of the room instantly with your voice or by using your smart device. What’s also appealing about automated temperature controls is you even save money because you’re not wasting energy cooling or heating when you’re away from home.


Tip 2  - Automate Smart Locks

When you're dashing out the door for an appointment, work, or driving the kids to school, it's easy to get distracted. But when you set up smart locks, you can lock your door from your smart device — no need to run back home to double check.


How about if you just went shopping and you're home, but it's pouring rain? No problem, unlock the door using your phone from the dry comfort of your car.


In addition to one-time locking, you can also set a particular schedule and automate when doors and windows lock or unlock. For example, if you always leave for work at 8:30. Schedule the doors to look at 8:40.


Tip 3 - Automate Home Lighting

Nobody likes to come home to a dark house. With smart lighting, you can set up your lights to turn on and off at a set time. If you leave the office at 5:00, set the lights to come on 10 minutes before you arrive. Or set up a specific schedule to turn the lights on and off at whatever times suit you. You can also automate your outside lighting, which not only helps keep your home secure, lighted paths, stairs and entryways are much safer as well.


Not sure you turned all the lights out before you left? No problem. Turn all off or just a few with your phone or tablet.


Do you love entertaining? If so, you’ll have fun with smart lighting because not only can you turn lights on and off with your voice - you can also dim and change colors.


And now there are entire smart home communities that take advantage of every type of technology you can think of. For example, builders like Pulte Homes build groups of townhomes that utilize smart security, robust Wi-Fi, as well as the latest in energy-efficient solar roofing.


Control Your Home with Voice


Tip 4 - Control Your Home Theater

Movie anyone? Being able to control your home theater makes watching your favorite flicks even more enjoyable. Once you get everyone together, start the movie. Then, you can adjust the lighting and sound with your voice alone.


And voice control is fantastic for parents who have to tell the kids to “turn it down” constantly. Now you’re in control!


Tip 5 - Control from Every Room

When you set up a smart home intercom system, you can control all of your smart home features from any room in the house. If you’re in the basement and the neighbor is at the front door, it’s easy to say, “open the front door. Maybe you’re downstairs after your baby has fallen asleep - it’s easy to say, “turn the lights off in the baby’s room.”


Frequent travelers love the convenience of smart home features. It's easy to set up a unique set of tasks to secure your home while you're away. Here are the top ones:

  • Water sensors - leaking water faucets and broken pipes can cause thousands of dollars in damages to your home. Undiscovered, you could have mold and mildew on your hands. With smart water sensors,  if there's a leak, you'll know it. That way, you can get a plumber out to fix it before you have too much damage.
  • Door and window sensors - having complete control over your home and your family's security is a top priority for anyone. With door and window sensors, you can immediately detect any unusual activity in and around your home.
  • Security cameras - these are especially valuable if you're away from home for extended periods or if you have a second home. With security cameras in every room and all-around your property, you can feel confident your home and belongings are safe.


And the cameras don't just capture intruders - you might be surprised and amused what your pets do when you're away.


Pulte Homes is one of the leaders in home automation. To learn more, visit the top benefits of smart homes.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Carol Youmans

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Published 1.15.2020

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