Creating the Ultimate Smart Home

Smart Home Installation Experts

Our experience with generators, electrical service, plumbing, etc. has led us to look closely at the smart home.  The smart home revolution is here to stay and is advancing rapidly.  There are multiple products and multiply ways to connect to the devices in your home.  Don’t worry, we have you covered.  Step one is to relax.  Slowly but surely your house, apartment, and workspace are getting smarter whether you like it or not. Companies like Google, Samsung, Amazon, Apple, etc are pouring billions into smart devices, appliances, apps and more. The average home has over 20 connected devices already which include wifi devices, lighting, tablets, etc.

The great news is that The Mobile Grid understands what the smart home is, how it works and what the future looks like. We can’t predict what new features and products are coming but we know exactly how your home will be connected ensuring that you will have power and easily connect whatever features fit your budget. That’s probably the operative word – budget! With a smart installation, we start with an in-home consultation. Our team is well versed and specifically trained in both backup power and smart home installation. Making sure your is “connected” is the first step. The 2nd step is to figure out what you want to be connected and what your budget is for the project. The basic include alarm, security system, life safety, lighting, energy management, and much more.

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Setting up the ultimate smart home

The Jetsons smart home of the future may be a way off, but the systems powering the internet of things revolution are getting ever more sophisticated. All of the major players – Apple, Google, Samsung and so on – are competing for space in the ever-evolving new marketplace.

But what’s interesting is how it has become less about the “platform” and more about the devices themselves – which is good for the sake of simplicity. That said, there are already a lot of HomeKit connected devices (Apple’s platform) and Samsung has its SmartThings platform. But more and more, smart devices are becoming more compatible with one another. We also have the rising smart home assistant superstars from Amazon – Alexa – and Google – Home – which are vying to take control of all your various smart home devices.

Controlling your smart home

What use is your connected smart home if you still have to get up off the sofa to get it working?

Instead, grab yourself a smartwatch and get full control of your life with a quick tap of your wrist. Whether it’s your heating, your media or your home security that you’re looking to fine tune – there will likely be an app for that. And they’re only going to get better, while interesting new ideas like Tapdo’s smart button offer other ways to connect wearables with the smart home.

IFTTT connected devices are also brilliant and there is a tonne of great IFTTT recipes already set up for syncing up your wearables with your smart kit. But as we all know, voice is the future, and that’s why we’ve got…

The best smart home assistants

Amazon’s doing it. Google’s doing it. Microsoft’s doing it. Apple’s probably doing it. Even Andy Rubin’s getting involved. The assistant is one of the big battlefronts of the smart home, and chances are you’ll want to look at bagging one of these.

Amazon’s Alexa assistant can be found in the Echo, Echo Dot and upcoming Echo Show. Google Home is powered by Assistant, which also appears on Android Wear 2.0 and some Android smartphones. While they have plenty of other tricks, these hubs can also talk to third-party smart home appliances. So you can tell Google Assistant to turn down your Philips Hue lights, or ask Alexa to lock the door with the August Smart Lock.

The best smart lighting solutions

Wi-Fi enabled bulbs are the easiest place to start if you’re looking to overhaul your home.

They’re easy to use, fun to show off and they double as a superb security measure while you’re away from home. What’s more, some can now even be controlled by wearables such as the Apple Watch and ones running Android Wear, and with low power LED tech, they’ll save you money over a bad old incandescent bulb. There are some good budget options too from the likes of Ikea and MiPow.

Smart thermostats to install

Smart thermostats are designed to give you more control over your home heating. They will learn your habits for when you really need that burst of warmth, and heating your home intelligently means big cash savings.

Nest may have once been the darling of the smart home, but UK company Hive is now going for world domination with its (clever) subscription service, while Tado, Honeywell and Ecobee are all vying for some space on your wall.

Connected kitchen tech

If your fridge isn’t connected to the web, then you’re living in the dark ages. If your cutlery isn’t Bluetooth enabled you may as well be eating your dinner with twigs.

From connected coffee pots to washing machines that know when to start a load based on you location, the kitchen has never been so cool.

Connecting the garden

You don’t necessarily need to a back yard to enjoy a smart garden. The connected world has caught up with horticulture.

There are handfuls of sensors at the ready which are adept at picking up those key variables like light, temperature, moisture and soil pH conditions, and there’s some great kit for indoor and outdoors.

Best sleep trackers

Sleep is one of – if not the – most important things we do in the home, so why not connect up your rest time too? Whether it’s wrist-worn like the Fitbit Alta HR or one you keep under your sheets like the Beddit 3, these days there are much better options out there.

Some will share their data with other apps and health platforms you might use, and over time we expect more will get better at talking to other smart home tech too.

Smart home security

Security is important in the home, and as the home gets smarter, it also gets more vigilant. As well as a smart camera security system, you should also consider connecting your door – take a look at the best smart locks.  Through the Mobile Grid Partner network we offer the latest and greatest in security and smart locks for your home, apartment or office.