NEWS

Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer

April 28, 2017

With summer not far away, now is the time to start thinking about how you can turn your backyard into a smart and entertaining living space. Staying cooped up in the house with your AC on all summer means you won’t get to enjoy the great outdoors. The good news is many home automation solutions can help you enjoy your backyard with confidence. Get your backyard ready for summer with these:

Music

You don’t have to limit your smart music system to the inside of your home. You can either choose to buy a portable wireless Bluetooth smart speaker like the Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker or an outdoor speaker like the KEF Ventura 4 that can easily integrate into your outdoor landscape.

There are ways where you can still enjoy your indoor smart automated speakers outdoors. For instance, if you have a Sonos speaker system you can buy a Sonos Connect:AMP and wire it to outdoor speakers. You can then connect your Sonos Connect:AMP to your indoor Sonos system and enjoy.

Lights

Since the summer nights are also quite warm, you may want to stay outside longer even in the dark. That means keeping the outdoor lights on to add more function to your backyard, as well as secure your property. Most homes only have a few patio lights and a flood light over the driveway, which means they would greatly benefit from outdoor smart lights in their outdoor entertainment space.

As an alternative to smart lights, you can replace the switches that control your outdoor lights with smart switches. You can control these smart switches centrally using a hub like Wink or SmartThings. Just add the switches and dimmers to the app then set up your scenes and timers and your outdoor lights will be part of your smart home system. Adding motion sensors to lights also make the lights automatically turn on when someone goes outside.

Sprinklers

Keeping your lawn looking green and lush is a must for most people in the summer. However, because of the heat, you may end up using more water than you need to keep your lawn looking healthy. Smart sprinklers and irrigation systems don’t just keep your lawn looking green but also help conserve water and lower your water bill.

With a smart sprinkler, you can monitor the amount of water used through your smartphone and even program a watering schedule. Some smart irrigation systems can even send you alerts when it rains so that you can turn them off. It does not matter whether you are at home when you get the alert because these are connected sprinklers, which means you can control them from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet.

Some smart sprinkler systems can even detect the amount of moisture in the air and adjust the amount of water they use. The most popular smart irrigation systems include Rachio Iro, WGL, Droplet, and Blossom.

Security

Since you will be spending a lot of time in your backyard, why not protect it with motion detectors and surveillance cameras that allow video monitoring. You can monitor who comes and goes and when gates or front doors are open. You can also check on your pets and children as they run around your backyard to make sure they are okay.

While getting a tan at the beach during summer is great, you can’t do it every single day. Automation devices make it easier for you to stay at home and just have quality time with your family. For more information about home automation, visit our website and check out our blog today.

Join the Discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *