The 5 Best Smart Apps for Your Home

Smart apps

As technology continues to advance, so does the endless possibilities of your home living. We may not have hover cars like The Jetsons, but you can control virtually every appliance, device and electronic equipment with your smart phone. Improve your home living and install and download one of these great smart apps today!

WeMo
If you want the complete smart home and want to fully experience true convenience, WeMo is just the app for you. With this app, you can turn any device that plugs into a wall on and off via your smart phone. The switch and motion sensor connects to the app so you can start brewing a cup of coffee from the comfort of your bed or turn off your straightener from work.

Nest
This is great for those who are just getting started with home automation or for those who just want the convenience of controlling your thermostat from anywhere. When you install a Nest smart thermostat in your home you can control the thermostat from the Nest app on your smart phone. If the weather dropped while you were at work, turn the heat up so your home will be nice and toasty when you get home.

ADT Pulse
With the ADT Pulse app, you can control your security alarm, lights and thermostat from anywhere just by using the app on your phone. Don’t worry about coming home to a dark house – turn the lights on as you’re pulling into the driveway. You can also receive updates of important events occurring in your home such as a pipe burst or an open garage door.

DirecTV
For those of you with DVR, you won’t want to miss out on this great app! When your phone and TV are both connected to your home’s Wi-Fi, you can control your TV right from your phone. All you have to do is say a command into the app and the TV will comply. Don’t miss your favorite TV show because you’re still cooking dinner, simply say “Pause The Walking Dead,” and the DVR will pause the TV.

Philips Hue
Lighting is one of the most used appliances in your home, so why not control it from your phone? This is lighting to the max, with the Phillips Hue app, you can adjust the tone, color and contrast of your lights. If you host a lot of parties, you can incorporate the lighting in your home to match your decorations or theme of the party. You can even enhance the mood of a romantic night in by dimming the lights, all from the convenience of your phone.

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