High Tech Southern Maryland Home Automation Upgrades

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on June 21, 2016

Has your Southern Maryland home entered the 21st Century?

Chances are you’ve already made home automation upgrades but don’t realize it. Maybe you have a Nest thermostat or an Amazon Echo device, two popular technologies that are part of the home automation revolution.

Today’s market offers a home automation device suitable for every room in your home. Here are some of the top home automation products out there.


Bluetooth thermometer: Never burn your meal again! This smart meat thermometer works by sending the information from the thermometer to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You’ll know when your meal reaches the right temperature.

Slow cooker: A Wi-Fi enabled crockpot? That’s right – a simple swipe on your smartphone can start dinner before you even leave the office. You can turn the cooker on, set the temperature, or turn it off to make sure dinner doesn’t get burned in the event you’re delayed.

Wi Fi enabled kettle: Want a cup of coffee but aren’t ready to get out of bed? The iKettle lets you set it to boil remotely using your smartphone. The kettle will even hold its temperature for up to half an hour.


Bluetooth shower speakers: Showers and smartphones don’t mix, so the Aquatunes waterproof speaker lets you stream your songs from your phone or tablet. Hook the speaker onto your shower rod, and press the sync button to connect it with your mobile device.

Heated toilet seat: No cold surprise in the middle of the night! The LumaWarm heated toilet seat has multiple temperature settings that warm the seat within a couple of minutes. Plus, the seat is lit up by a blue LED light.


Smart bedroom lighting: Imagine lighting that is personalized to you, helping you relax at the end of the day and even fall to sleep. You choose the dimming level and variable color temperatures for the perfect lighting scheme for you. There are several types of smart lighting products available; some are set by timers that can be set using your smart phone, while others use motion sensors to adapt the lighting to your nightly routine.

Smart windows: Smart window film lets you change the window from clear to opaque by tapping a button on your smart phone. Smart blinds and shades can adapt and respond to the lighting level outside.

For any room

Smart sockets/plugs: Smart plugs are an easy way to start upgrading your home. The device plugs into your existing power outlets and lets you remotely control the power usage and watch your energy usage. Several manufacturers make smart plugs – including iHome, TP-LINK, Belkin, and D-Link, to name a few – and they can cost as low as $30.

Humidity detector: Leviton’s Humidity Sensor and Fan Control identifies the humidity level in your room and automatically reacts to it be turning on a ventilation fan. This smart device is great in bathrooms or any other area of your home where you’d like to reduce the moisture in the air.

Room by room upgrades

Don’t know where to start? There are several home automation and smart home upgrade kits on the market.

The main purpose of home automation is to make daily tasks easier for you. Don’t rush to upgrade everything at once; rather, identify the areas in your home or the tasks that you would appreciate the most, and start there.

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