Why you need a smart home


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A web-connected smart home can protect your family and property, save you money on heating & electricity bills, and give you amazing superhero powers. Here’s how to turn your house into a super-smart home that you control by phone:


LOCK IT DOWN
Smart locks let you lock or open your home from anywhere in the world, using your phone or web app as a remote control. Some locks let you see who’s coming and going when you’re away. Others let you give special entry privileges to friends, family, and maintenance staff.

 

KEEP IT SAFE
You can now secure and control your home from anywhere. Using our SaskTel smartHOME package, you can protect your property and loved ones with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, water leakage detectors, pet-friendly motion sensors, and doorbell video cameras—they’ll all send you phone alerts if something happens. This package has interactive features, too—so you can use web-based devices to monitor your security cameras, garage door, smart thermostat, and smart locks.

LIGHT IT UP
Smart lighting is lighting you control from an app, usually on your Apple or Android phone. The app lets you boost or dim the brightness of your light bulbs. Plus you can preset your lights to turn on or off when you’re at school, work, or on vacation. And if your lightbulbs have coloured LEDs or Bluetooth speakers, you can change their colours or play your favourite music and podcasts. Here’s a smart bulb you can add to smartHOME.

 

WARM IT UP
Keep your house warm when you need it most...when you’re actually home. Install a smart, programmable thermostat (available as a smartHOME add-on) and you can heat up your house before you arrive home for the evening. To conserve energy and lower your heating bills, use your phone to dial the temperature down overnight and turn the heat off when you’re at work or school.

POWER IT DOWN
Install a smart plug to control your lights and appliances from anywhere in the world. Smart plugs typically come with a free app, so you can use your phone to turn off your curling iron, toaster oven, lights, or space heater. Some smart plugs let you see your energy consumption and costs, and help you set lighting schedules to make it look like you’re home when you’re out. Smart plugs are available as a smartHOME add-on.

 

WAKE IT UP
Smart coffee makers let you plan your coffee the night before. So instead of stumbling around a cold kitchen each morning, you can wake up to a steaming hot cup of coffee.

COOL IT DOWN
Smart fridges have internal cameras, so when you’re at the grocery store, you can see what food you need to stock up on. Samsung’s Family Hub also has a screen on the fridge door—use it to watch your favourite TV show, pull up recipes, write digital sticky notes, or plan your family schedule. Meanwhile LG’s Instaview has self-diagnosing technology that can contact customer service 24/7.

 

CLEAN IT UP
Digital assistants like Google Home give you hands-free, voice-activated help. They act as smart home hubs to communicate with your smart home appliances. Depending on your other smart home products, you can tell Google Home to dim your lights or lock the door.

LOOK IT UP
Digital assistants like Google Home give you hands-free, voice-activated help. They act as smart home hubs to communicate with your smart home appliances. Depending on your other smart home products, you can tell Google Home to dim your lights or lock the door.

These digital butlers will also read you news and tell you the score of the game, book restaurant and travel reservations, order pizza, manage your schedule, and stream music and audiobooks. Soon your assistant will take your voice and cast you in an interactive sci-fi drama that’s like a futuristic Choose Your Own Adventure!

There you have it: nine great ways to smarten up your home.


 


 

 

With SaskTel smartHOME you can control, protect and monitor your home from anywhere with your phone, laptop or tablet.



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