Using smart home technology isn't just for those who own their properties. Savvy tenants are realizing the benefits of connectivity and personal technology and adopting smart apartment technology in their units.
In the past, much of the smart home technology required hefty installation outlays, drilling and rewiring.
Since then, technology has both evolved and improved and manufacturers have created devices that don't always need to be drilled or mounted onto walls or structures. This makes it easier to introduce these devices into an apartment since not only can you take the devices with you when you leave, you won't need to worry about patching up anything or suffering the loss of a security deposit from required maintenance work.
Here are a few smart home gadgets for apartments that might be worth exploring. Some provide a sense of safety and security while others can bring you comfort, joy and wellness.
Many people use smart home technology to add security to their apartments. Try one of these smart apartment technology solutions to make yourself feel safer in your unit.
If you're living with roommates, a baby or elderly family members who you want to keep tabs on inside your apartment, there are plenty of indoor security systems to consider, according to CNET, including the Wyze cam and Tend Secure Lynx/Indoor 2. For an external camera that doesn't need to be mounted, CNET recommends Blink's XT2 security cam.
Get peace of mind, save on utilities and be able to adjust your lighting with smart light bulbs. CNET provides several smart light bulb recommendations, including the super inexpensive Wyze bulb which requires zero installation other than literally screwing in the bulb.
Once it's screwed in, pair the Wyze mobile app with your favorite devices, such as Alexa, Google Assistant or IFTTT, and enjoy a full spectrum of light, in addition to the security feature from being able to adjust lighting when you're not at home.
Smart tech can also help improve your wellness. Here are a few ways smart apartment technology can make you healthier and happy at home.
Not all smart home technology revolves around safety and security. The most popular devices that help us stay connected include Amazon's Alexa and Google's Google Home, but even Facebook is making an appearance with Portal Mini.
Listen to music, books, check the weather, talk to your friends and family and more using these easy-to-use electronic devices.
If the idea of hands-off cooking appeals to you, consider the iGrill Mini from iDevices, a thermometer probe that allows you to pair it to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart which will alert you when your food is ready.
Or check out the Instant Pot Smart, a programmable multi-cooker you can control from your smartphone to cook, schedule, adjust and monitor the progress of your meals even if you're not right next to the pot.
To help us with health and fitness goals, the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale integrates well with Fitbit's cloud-based fitness tools. The Renpho body fat scale can sync with your favorite fitness apps, like Samsung Health, Apple Health, Google Fit, as well as the Fitbit app.
Since many of us are wondering how we can stay healthy amid coronavirus and other types of viruses or diseases, Stanford University lab scientists have created a smart toilet. While this isn't available on the market yet, expect to see smart home devices that will help us better monitor our health within our living and workspaces sooner than later.
As more scientists, engineers and programmers introduce and innovate smart apartment technology, we'll have even more ways to customize our home. What smart technology would you most like to introduce into your apartment right now?