Smart Home Gadgets: What You Need to Know

July 29, 2021

Your Home Automation Questions, Answered!


As we’ve all spent much more time at home over the past 18 months, many people have turned their thoughts to home improvements. In addition to painting and decorating, there’s also been a spike of interest in smart home gadgets.

The world of home automation can be a little confusing, so with this in mind, we’ve created an easy-to-understand guide to smart homes and the gadgets that can be installed.

Read on to learn more!

What is a Smart Home?

Smart Home Gadgets: Image of a person holding a smart phone, with the smart gadgets they can control using it shown in bubbles around the device. Whilst you may be imagining some ultra-futuristic and extremely niche gadgets, smart home gadgets are actually far more practical! Modern home automation devices enable you to control specific appliances or functions within the home at the touch of a button. For example, you could switch on lights, operate blinds, open doors and adjust your heating easily and simply.

What Kind of Smart Home Devices are There?

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There are a huge number of different smart home gadgets on the market, including:

Smart Lighting – Smart lights are typically highly energy-efficient LED bulbs that can be controlled by your smartphone or remote control. These can be used in lamps, wall or ceiling lights for complete versatility.

Smart Plugs – One of the simplest ways to automate your home is by installing smart sockets and switches. These gadgets transform virtually any appliance into a ‘smart appliance’ at a very affordable price.

Video Doorbells – These smart home gadgets have really helped to revolutionise home security. When someone presses your doorbell, you get a live feed of the area sent to your smartphone, so you can interact with them.

Smart Thermostats – A great way to control your heating usage, smart thermostats allow you to make your home warmer or cooler at the touch of a button – whether you’re at home or out and about.

Smart Home Hubs – If you’ve got several smart home devices in your home, then you could really benefit from a hub. Allowing you to control several devices via one platform, you can schedule and automate processes easily and simply. Gadgets like the Amazon Alexa, Hive Hub, Google Home, Samsung SmartHome and Nest Hub can provide this level of functionality.

Smart Security Systems – Smart cameras can be operated and accessed via your smartphone, so you can easily and quickly check in on your home. If you’re away on holiday, you can do a quick once over for peace of mind or if you’ve heard a noise in the middle of the night, you can investigate its source using your camera network. Many smart security systems also allow you to lock and unlock doors and windows, set your alarm system and get alerts when someone visits your property.

What are the Benefits of Smart Home Gadgets?

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Smart home gadgets are by design, highly accessible pieces of technology. As they can be operated via voice command, a remote or a smartphone, these devices are a fantastic solution for the disabled, elderly and those with mobility issues.

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy bills and consumption, then smart home gadgets can help with this too! The best smart home devices go into ‘sleep mode’ when they’re not being used, so they require less power to run. This means you can make significant savings on your energy bills and become much more energy-efficient!

How Can JAH Help to Automate My Home?

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Our team of experienced electricians in Plymouth are on hand to help install all manner of smart home gadgets. From installing smart sockets and switches to installing data and control circuits, we’ve got the skills and experience to help our customers achieve their home automation plans.

Contact Us

If you’d like to get some smart home gadgets installed as part of a wider home automation plan, get in touch with JAH! You can call us on 01752 338495 to discuss your requirements, make an enquiry or arrange an appointment. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest news and updates from team JAH.

About JAH Electrical Services Ltd, Plymouth, Devon

From our offices in Plymouth, Devon, our trained Engineers carry out high quality Electrical Contracting work across the private and public sectors, including Healthcare, Education, and Housing. We also carry out domestic work locally. Below you will see our Accreditations, including NIC EIC Approved Contractor and Constructionline. 
You can call us on 01752 338495 or you will find all of our contact info on our Contact page. Thanks for reading, Jamie Hitchcock, MD, JAH Electrical Services Ltd.