Top smart home products for winter

The cold winter weather isn’t over just yet. So how can you make the cold mornings – and evenings – more enjoyable? 

5 February 2019

The cold winter weather isn’t over just yet; cold mornings are still on the horizon. So how can you make the cold mornings – and evenings – more enjoyable?

Do you have a smart home yet? Maybe you do, but you’re not receiving the full benefits? Investing in your new smart home this winter can bring back some joy and remove the doom and gloom when you open your eyes and it’s still a little dark out.

Smart lighting

The Philips Hue White Ambience Kit ensures you can wake up to a natual light, by programming your lights to gradually switch on. The glow of the soft morning sun will steadily wake you, starting your day much calmer than if you were to awake to the sound of a buzzing alarm.

It is possible to expand the kit to include colour, so you can enjoy a calm atmosphere as you wind down at the end of the day. Find out more here, on how the correct lighting can significantly affect your mood.

Intelligent heating

Integrate a smart thermostat with your boiler and schedule your heating to switch on at a time which suits you best.

Smart thermostats are typically self-learning – they come to know when you’ll start to get out of bed, when you’ve left the house and when you’re coming home. This enables the thermostat to activate your heating, so you can be warm and comfortable, without having to think about it.

Don’t worry about wasting energy or ramping up fuel costs. Smart thermostats will monitor the temperature of your home, to turn off when rooms are at your desired temperature. Using motion sensors, some will even know if anyone is home and turn off or lower the heating, to prevent wastage.

You can even connect your thermostats to your Amazon Echo, and simply ‘ask Alexa’ to turn on the boiler.

Find out more about the range of smart thermostats, and what option might be better for you, here.

Remote security

While mornings and evenings are still dark, you want to make sure your home is secure and be warned of any unusual activity outside your home.

The Ring Floodlight Camera is just one solution, for you to monitor your home remotely and be notified of any suspicious activity. Linking with your smart phone or tablet, the camera has built-in floodlights, so you can sound the alarm, zoom in, and flash the lights.

Motion sensors are able to recognise faces, zones, and objects – providing you with optimum security whether you’re at home or on the go.

With these top smart home products, you are sure to be at ease this winter – and stave off the winter blues.

Speak to the team at 50five if you’re in need of smart advice for your smart devices. Call us on 0800 612 5050 or email