When it comes to all things tech, there’s a little thing called “sensor” that works wonders. Smart sensors are essentially embedded within traditional devices and enable the exchange of data via IoT.
Sensors within homes aren’t necessarily a novelty We have the house alarms, the kitchen smoke detectors, the intercoms etc. However, the growing popularity of the smart home has made sensors even more relevant. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a device that is not connected to a sensor these days!
With too many choices available in the market, it can get difficult to choose the best ones for your homes. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here are 5 smart sensors that your smart home needs to have ASAP:
1. Smoke/CO detection sensors
If you’re someone with a tendency to play with fire every time you step into the kitchen, then you definitely need a smart air sensor. While fire alarms perform a fairly decent job, smart sensors are on a whole other level.
Fire is by far the leading cause of property damage. But that’s not the only danger to your home. There are several categories of pollutants that expose your home environment and air quality to a lot of risks. E.g. A carbon monoxide detector will measure the level of CO in the air and will issue a warning if the reading is too high. Because CO is odorless and virtually undetectable, a detector can be a lifesaver.
Some of the latest sensors not only detect both smoke and CO but also have the uber cool ability to monitor the overall quality of air inside your home. They keep a look-out for pollutants like dust, soot, pollen, temperature, humidity, air staleness, particulates etc.
Take the Birdi (formerly known as the Canary) More smoke alarm and CO detector, it keeps an eye out on your home’s air quality. And all recorded information is sent directly to your mobile phone, whereby you can use an app to shut down the alarm.
2. Water Sensors
One element out of the way, we now move onto the water. Water comes a close second when it comes to causing property damage. No one wants to have a home that seems to be shedding tears!
A moisture detection sensor is there to give you a heads up in case your home comes under threat from leakages, freezing pipes, or broken water lines. These sensors identify, and immediately alert you to any leaks that may have occurred, helping you fix the problem then and there instead of delaying it.
Water sensors can be planted around water heaters, dishwashers, refrigerators, sinks, sump pumps etc. Basically, anything that has a chance of experiencing water leakage.
Take the Wally system. It’s a moisture sensor (also detects temperature and humidity) that not only helps with a big water crisis but also draws your attention to steadily growing moisture that can lead to a mold infestation.
3. Smart Thermostat
The smart thermostat is another amazing sensor that your smart home can’t do without. Air control? Check. Water control? Check. Temperature control? Here we go! A smart thermostat lets you exercise authority over the heating and cooling within your home from across any location. Smart thermostats aren’t cool just because they let you lazy bums adjust the room temperature without budging from your place, but also because they help you save your money.
Whether you’re in or out, a smart thermostat will monitor the temperature and humidity both inside and outside your home. With your presence or absence, the temperature of the house keeps changing; adjusting itself according to your behavior and room usage. The really uber thermostats adjust temperatures in such a way that they maintain your ideal temperature when you’re inside your room and then default to an energy saving mode when no one is in it.
Just take Nest. A smart thermostat and home control device, Nest has become synonymous with smart homes. An interconnected system of devices managed via a mobile app, Nest helps make your home both smart and energy efficient. With just a few manual adjustments, the Nest Thermostat can soon learn your habits and save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature. It also has something called Farsight – a feature that lights up to show you the temperature, weather or time.
4. Windows/Doors openers and closers
Developed more for the purpose of security, door and window sensors keep you updated whenever there are people entering or leaving your home. They can even switch on/off the lights as doors are opened and closed.
These sensors are essentially the defenders of your home, especially in case of any home break-ins. Some sensors can even spot when a window has been broken in by an intruder. Alerting you to trespassers and even potential burglars, these sensors send notifications straight to your phone or tablet, giving you the chance to immediately call for help if need be.
5. Motion Sensors
Motion sensors are the gold standard of smart home sensors. As obvious from the name, a motion sensor detects motion and movement in an area. These sensors are pros at providing you with multiple benefits.
- They stand guard when you’re not at home.
- They alert you to any movement within your home.
- They notify you if your doors or windows have been opened or closed.
- They act as an extra pair of eyes and ears by looking out for, and alerting you to any undesirable activity within your home.
- They’re great at helping conserve energy.
- They can be connected to your lighting or the thermostat to maintain the energy usage in a room based on its occupancy (Turning off the lights when no one’s around)
- They can be connected to a video, to not only act as a notification but help activate video recording to capture footage of any breach.
- They are even multi-sensor in nature, combining several capabilities into one. E.g. motion detection, temperature, light, humidity, vibration, UV etc.
And this is just the beginning. There are sensors for literally everything nowadays. From thermostats to refrigerators, Air Conditioners to cars, smart pills to smart banking etc you name it, you have a sensor for it!
There are several sensors on the market that help create a secure smart home. Sensors are the sort of tech that gets really popular, really quick. And why shouldn’t they? When all you get in return is a well protected home and wallet!