The beginner’s guide to a smart home
You’ve seen the ads, you’ve heard your friends boast about theirs, and now you want a futuristic smart home of your own. And who can blame you? Smart lights that automatically switch on when you walk through your door, smart thermostats that allow you to adjust your heating from anywhere, and smart cameras to keep an eye on the pets while you’re out. All controlled from one smart app. It’s rather impressive.
But the reality is, many of us haven’t a clue where to start. The good news is, starting up a smart home is easier than you think, thanks to Hive.
I want a smart home. Where do I start?
Before you whip out the credit card and start spending, the first step is to sit down and decide what you want to be able to do: Control the lights? Beef up home security? Use voice commands to turn the heating up? Once you’re a bit clearer on your needs, you can find the products to fit them.
If you’re only just starting out on your smart home, it’s probably not a good idea to go crazy and fill each room with every smart gadget you can find. Sometimes it’s better to start small – try a couple of basic devices like a smart plug and a smart light, and gradually build your very own smart home, that’s just right for you.
Which smart devices should I buy first?
Buying all your smart devices from one manufacturer has a great advantage: It ensures that all the parts of your smart home will be happy talking to each other, making your smart home experience seamless. But how do you know which are the right products for you? To take away the confusion, we’ve put together these three Hive starter bundles tailored to your needs – they come with all the basics to get you going.
Then all you need to do is download the easy to use Hive app and you can control your Hive Lights, Hive Thermostat or Hive Cameras when you’re out and about. If you’ve got Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, you can sync them to your app so you can use your voice to ‘turn up the lights’ or ‘turn down the heating’.
A good place to start? The Hive Starter Lighting Starter Pack
The starter pack includes, two dimmable smart bulbs, a smart motion sensor, and a Hive Hub – everything you need to dip your toe into the smart home world.
The light bulbs and motion sensor work together. Just choose where you want to put your sensor , then use the Hive app to set them to turn on when you walk past. You can go a step further and set your lights low in the morning for just enough light to find the bathroom, then dial them up in the evening when the sun goes down.
Not bad for three little gadgets eh?
Want to be smarter with energy? Go for a Hive Heating Pack
Our Heating Pack is a great way to get started on your energy saving journey – it includes our award-winning smart thermostat, smart lights, a smart motion sensor, and a smart plug.
Hive Active Heating lets you control your heating from your thermostat, your phone or even with your voice. So wherever you are, you can set schedules, get alerts if you leave the heating on and save up to £110 a year by never heating an empty home.
Security a priority? Try our Hive Starter Home Pack
The Hive Starter Home Pack is a slightly bigger investment, but it does come with an impressive amount of security kit and a huge helping of peace of mind.
You’ll get a siren, a keypad, two window/door sensors, one motion sensor and a Hive hub to connect all the devices.
For example, you can choose which devices will detect activity and how they will respond when the alarm is triggered, like the siren sounding, lights turning on, or notifications sent to you or your chosen contacts.