Just because you rent, doesn’t mean you can’t hop on the Smart Home bandwagon! Achieving significant improvements in small living spaces, even those you don’t own, is entirely possible. Harness the power of smart home technology to enhance comfort and convenience without jeopardizing your security deposit through renovations or rewiring. Here are some user-friendly and budget-friendly solutions if you’re looking to effortlessly elevate your living space:
Smart lighting lets you bypass flipping switches and allows you to control lights remotely, put them on a schedule, or trigger them with cameras. Check out the Philips Hue Starter Kit that comes with three bulbs and the Hue bridge, which can turn multiple lamps or fixtures into smart lights. If you don’t want a hub or have only one or two lights you want to work with, try the Wyze Bulb Color or the Wyze Bulb!
If you have a smartphone and a free outlet, you can use smart plugs to control and automate nearly any electronic device. Use these to schedule lamps to go on and off when you’re coming and going, or have a fan cool down your apartment while you’re gone. The options are endless! The TP-Link Kasa Mini Smart Plug EP10 is a great option. It performs the same as the other plugs, but in a compact body that is easier to stack with others. The app is pretty simple to navigate, and it’s compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung SmartThings!
If you have separation anxiety from your furry friends, the best solution is smart cameras so you can pop in whenever you please! The Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 is perfect for apartment dwellers because it’s small, easy to use, and affordable compared with other options! The Wyze Cam v2 is another great choice for pet cams, featuring night vision for when you need to leave your critters alone overnight.
If you haven’t bought one yet, smart speakers are perfect for packing a lot of smart functionality into a small space! You control these devices mainly by voice, and they allow you to play music, podcasts, and news, and can also suggest recipes for you to try, function as a timer or alarm, tell you what’s on TV, and so much more. Amazon Echo Dot is great for apartments because it’s small, inexpensive, and compatible with most smart plugs, lights, and devices!