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      How to Bring your Smart Home Outdoors This Summer

      Posted by Allison on Jul 2, 2019 4:33:24 PM

      GettyImages-576798287As the summer begins to heat up, your outdoor space becomes your patio oasis...your barbecue kitchen… and your backyard football field. You want your space to be ready for every event this summer. In order to make your outdoor space feel like it’s ready for fun in the sun, you need to “deck” it out with all the smart home accessories.

      You might think that a smart home only pertains to the inside of your home, but that’s not always true. There are plenty of ways to automate your outdoor space that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors while still enjoying the comforts of technology. You can make your dream yard into a reality. Here is a detailed look into ways you can bring your smart home outdoors:

      Music

      Sonos One – Everyone knows you can't have a cookout without some summer jams. You can use a Sonos One to set the mood for your backyard party! Sonos is the wireless Home Sound System that fills the outdoor space with great-sounding tunes. The Sonos one can also be paired with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa!

      Sonos Sub Woofer – Get the party started with the wireless sub-woofer. It’s perfect for a deep bass! Sonos speakers are perfect to amp every moment with intense, pulse-pounding sound. Make sure to keep your Sonos Sub Woofer under a covered deck or a screened in porch.

      Sonos Beam – Add a little extra fun with the Beam. The Sonos Beam pairs perfectly with TV or music. If you have an outdoor TV, you can play everything that matters to you with the beam outside. You can also control it with your voice, remote, or the Sonos app.

      Amazon Echo – Make sure you add this Amazon Echo to your list. The Amazon Echo is a hands free speaker you can control with your voice or the app. The Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, answer questions, and provide the latest updates in sports, news, entertainment and more. You can ask Alexa all your summer related questions.
      Alexa, order extra napkins for Friday’s barbecue
      Alexa, set a chicken timer
      Alexa, launch grilling guide
      Alexa, turn on the playlist, Backyard Beats
      Alexa, turn on the “Sunset” lights for our evening drinks 

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      Cameras

      Nest Hello Doorbell – Let’s just say you are working in the backyard before your outdoor barbecue begins and your neighbors come a little early. A Nest Hello will send notifications right to your phone that the party people have arrived. You can even let them know through the app to come around to the back.

      Nest Cam Outdoor – Beside from keeping your house protected and safe from unwanted guests all year round. The Nest Cam will also allow you to look back on a 3-hour snapshot history so you never had to miss a thing. Especially the epic catch you made in the backyard football game. The outdoor camera is a plug and play and lets you monitor your home with 1080p video quality. With 24/7 streaming, you can check in anytime. Touchdown!

      Ring Floodlight Cam – After the night is over, your Floodlight Cam will keep you safe and light up your side yard if any intruders are lurking around after the after party. The Ring Floodlight Cam protects your home with a motion-activated camera with a 140° field-of-view, a siren alarm and two-way audio. Cameras-1


      Lighting

      Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Light Bulb - It’s not a party without mood lighting. That’s right! As the sun starts to set and your outdoor party feels like it might be coming to an end, keep the night going with Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Light Bulbs. You are able to control your smart bulb from anywhere with your smartphone using the Kasa Smart app. Who needs Tiki torches anyway?

      Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug: tp Link - Or, you can plug your cute outdoor lights into a tp link so you can control them from anywhere from your smart phone using the Kasa Smart app. You can even use voice commands through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant with your smart plug. Make sure your tp link is covered and is not in a place with where water can interfere. The tp link is not water resistant.

      Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch - A Smart Light Switch will allow you to control your backyard lights with your smart phone. It’s great for connecting to your Wi-Fi for complete control at your fingertips. Use Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or the Kasa app to dim and brighten, create schedules, timers, countdowns, and turn off and on.

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      Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub – This isn’t your typical garage door opener. The Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub sends you alerts every time your garage door is opened, or if you forget to close it after a certain amount of time.

      Nest Learning Thermostat – Keep your house cool for when you need a break from the heat outside. Nest thermostats are great to regulate the temperature in your home. They even learn your cooling/heating habits and begin to keep your temperature just the way you like it. The Nest learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around it. Studies have shown that it can save people an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. 

      Nest x Yale Lock – This lock is great for your backdoor allowing you easy in access so you don’t have to carry a key around during any social gathering where you may be going in and out of the house. The Nest X Yale Lock is a tamper-proof, key-free deadbolt that connects to the Nest app. You are able to lock and unlock your door from anywhere. You can even give people you trust a passcode during your backyard bash, instead of a key. You are also able to check your door status with your voice using the Google Assistant.

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