Home Automation for Renters

May 5, 2017

When you are a renter, it is much harder to make personalized modifications to your home, whether it is interior design or installing a sophisticated automation system. Landlords tend to want their tenants to leave the houses as they found them.

But just because you did not buy the home does not mean you cannot personalize it by automating it. There are several ways you can approach home automation for apartment living without making your landlord angry:

Smart Locks

These smart locks do not require installation by locksmiths or professional automation installers. For example, to install an August Smart Lock, check that it is compatible with your deadbolt before you buy. If you have a standard deadbolt with a thumb latch and separate door handle below, it will likely work.

You can also watch a DIY video on our site that shows you how to install your August Smart Lock. The Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock installation process is also just as simple as the August. The Kevo also comes with traditional keys.

These locks help secure your house when you are at home or away from home. You can control smart locks using apps on your smartphone or tablet. If you go out on a long trip and want your friend or relative to water your plant, you can give them a unique access code to enter your home.

Smart Plugs

Smart plugs help you keep track of energy consumption in your home, turn your appliances and electronics on and off, and also set a schedule for your devices. You can easily control smart plugs through Wi-Fi, so there is no need of replacing the wiring in your rented home – your landlord won’t allow that anyway.

Some of the most common smart plugs include the WeMo and TP-Link Smart Plug. You can integrate your WeMo Smart Plug with Amazon Echo to allow you to control it with voice commands.

You can also control it using an app on your smartphone or tablet. When you are away for an extended trip, you can leave the TP-Link in the away mode. This mode allows the TP-Link smart plug to randomly turn devices on and off to give the impression of a lived-in home. If you are lucky, it might just make intruders think your house is haunted.

Smart LED Light Bulbs

These bulbs’ simple installation process just involves screwing the bulbs into your light sockets. Such a simple installation does not require a professional installer or a change to your existing home wiring. For instance, a Phillips Hue Light Bulb screws in and then syncs to your home automation network. Then you can install the Philips Hue app that will allow you to control the lights, schedule its color or theme changes, and create scenes that will make your life more convenient.

Smart Camera

A smart indoor camera like the Piper NV has a variety of home monitoring features such as night vision and motion detection. You can install this camera in a matter of minutes, and you do not have to sign contracts or pay any monthly fees.

Its high-resolution camera captures clear images that make it easy to identify the face of an intruder without zooming in like in Hollywood movies. It also has a sleek and glossy design that makes it fit right in with other objects in your house.

Smart Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat is one of the most popular smart products in the market. It is easy to install, but you may have to talk to your landlord first. Once installed you can control Nest from your smartphone or tablet when you are at home or away from home.

As you continue using Nest, it learns your AC heating habits and automatically adjusts itself just as you desire. Smart thermostats make life more convenient and also help you save money on energy bills.

These devices smarten up your pad, and you do not need professional installers to get them to work. To get information about more home automation device for renters, please visit our website today.

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