Making Your Home Smart With Google Home

Making Your Home Smart is Easy With Google Home

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Have you been thinking about making your home a smart home? Smart homes are becoming very popular. Convenience is one of the main advantages of a smart home. These homes give you remote access to music, lighting, heating and cooling systems, speakers, and multimedia devices. With the right setup, these devices can work together as an integrated unit. In layman’s terms, the smart home streamlines everyday tasks and makes you more efficient. They can also make life a lot easier by automating repetitive tasks. Using  Smart home gadgets to automate these repetitive tasks can make your life way more convenient. 

The first step you need to take to make your home smart is to get a hub. The hub is the brain that powers the smart home. Once all your smart devices in the home are connected to the hub, you can control your home using voice commands or remotely from the hub’s corresponding app on your phone.

Google Home

Making Your Home Smart is Easy With Google Home

Google Home is a voice activated smart speaker controlled by Google Assistant. You can ask Google Home questions, ask it to play a particular playlist, relay information stored on your virtual calendars, and even retrieve flight information. It can also be used as part of your home automation setup. I am using the Google Home as my hub. I currently have two of them set up in my home.  I have synced them with the following great products to make my home smarter.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat is easy to install and set-up. Once it’s up and running, it will start to learn your preferences and habits. It features many sensors which can detect whether someone’s home, whether the air is suddenly getting humid, or someone’s fired up the oven, and adjust itself accordingly. You can also control it manually when you are way from home via the mobile app.

Philips Hue Lighting

Philips Hue Lighting is a wireless lighting system allows you to control your lights via voice control from your hub. You can also control it from your smartphone. It uses energy efficient LED bulbs to create the perfect ambiance for every room in your house. It is very customizable.  You can choose a variety of hues and colors. You can also program them to come on at a certain time each day.  For example, I have one set up in Z.E.N.’s bedroom that is set to come on a few minutes before bedtime. I can also walk through the house and say things like “ok Google turn on the hallway light,” and it will do so within seconds.

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast5 PM

While most televisions in my house are smart TV’s, the one in my kitchen is not. I love to watch TV while I’m cooking and the one thing I haven’t been able to do is to watch videos and Netflix. The easy fix I found for this was installing a Google Chromecast device to my television.  A Google Chromecast device allows you to play videos and stream your favorite shows on your TV using voice commands with Google Home. All you have to do is link both the Chromecast and your Netflix account to the hub. Now I can use voice commands and say something like, “Ok Google, play Stranger Things on Netflix,” and the show will start streaming right away.  I am also using this setup to play music and look at photos.

 

Having a smart home that does the work for you is no longer a thing of the past. It’s now accessible, affordable, and will catapult your home into the 21st century. You can find all these items and more at your local Best Buy store.

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About the author

Diane

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com

Making Your Home Smart With Google Home

by Diane time to read: 3 min