Check out these apps if you're considering home automation

  • Now you can monitor and change most home settings, such as lights, air conditioning and heating, and appliances, using mobile phone apps.

    Now you can monitor and change most home settings, such as lights, air conditioning and heating, and appliances, using mobile phone apps.

  • Most smartphones and tablets will program new home technology devices.

    Most smartphones and tablets will program new home technology devices.

 
By Jaraya Johnson
CTW Features
Posted6/20/2020 6:00 AM

Have you ever left home in the morning then turned back around to make sure you unplugged your flat iron? Don't you wish there was an app for that? Luckily, there is. Here is a list, in no specific order, of smart apps for you to use to control almost anything in your abode.

1. WeMo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

With this app, you won't have to turn around on your way to work to double check your appliances are turned off. If it's plugged into the outlet, you can turn it off via the app. Also, you can set a schedule for your appliances. According to HGTV, for example, you can set up your coffee maker to have your hot coffee ready for you on your way out the door in the mornings. The WeMo company, owned by Belkin, also has light switches, dimmers, plugs and more. But, if you only want the item that helps you control your appliances, it's called the WeMo Mini Smart Plug and it costs $34.99.

2. Control4 MyHome

This app allows you to control your lights, security, TVs, gaming systems and more through your Android, iPhone, iPad or tablet. It allows you to control your devices from near and far and you can even set up voice control. The company has a bunch of gadgets to choose from depending on how automated you want your home to be, what area you want to control and how you want to control it. For example, wireless keypads, switches, outlets, remotes, thermostats, cameras and sensors are just to name a few.

3. Nest

Sudden weather change while you're away and wish you could just adjust the thermostat before you get home? Look no further. This Nest product is programmed to use your phone's location setting and adjust itself accordingly when it knows you're away from home. The gadget allows you to control your thermostat from the car, the office, California and Japan. Wherever you find yourself, you can adjust your home's temperature to save more energy. There's an additional sensor available for purchase that allows you to place it in a more important area to give it more attention. Nest also offers many other devices for purchase that'll make staying in (or going out) easier than ever.

4. myQ Garage & Access Control

This app, as you may have guessed, helps you control your garage door from afar. You can close it if you forgot or open it if you're expecting guests or delivery people to drop something off and you're not home. Just make sure you have your garage set up with myQ technology.

5. Philips Hue

Did someone say "party"? With your Philips Hue app, you can control your lights inside and outside your house to reflect your mood, holidays or other festivities. If you have an Amazon Alexa or a Google Assistant, you can set those up so you can voice control your lights, too. Just order the bulbs and download the app.

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