Find Your Voice

Voice-controlled devices are hot items this time of year. Last holiday season, the Echo Dot was the top selling item across all categories from Amazon. Have you been thinking about implementing a voice-controlled Smart Home? Or do you already have voice assistant devices and want to utilize them to their full potential?

Read on for five ways that voice assistants allow you to step up your Smart Home game, particularly around the holidays.

May Your Days Be Merry & Bright
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is cutting down a tree from the national forest and putting it up in our home. But one of my least favorite things to do once the tree is adorned is crawl under the prickly branches to plug and unplug the lights, knocking ornaments off as I go. Simplify the lighting of your tree with a Smart Plug and voice assistant. Smart plugs utilize WiFi and can be programmed to work with voice control, allowing you to easily manage your Christmas tree and outdoor holiday lights.

For easy lighting all year, Smart Bulbs can be used with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant turn lights on and off, and even dim or change the light color.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace
It’s always important to protect your family by keeping your home safe and secure. Security is even more important around the holidays, with expensive gifts laying around, extra package deliveries, and out-of-town travel. If you don’t have your own resident Kevin McCallister from Home Alone keeping the burglars out with booby traps, voice-controlled smart security is your next best option. Use voice activation to arm your security system and lock your doors.

Another smart home security feature that’s perfect for the holidays is a doorbell camera. Doorbell cameras with video and two-way audio monitor all of your home’s comings and goings, from your kids to delivery drivers to pet sitters. Many are compatible with Amazon Alexa and other voice assistants.

Deck the halls, don your holiday apparel, and put on some tunes using voice recognition and Smart Home speakers. Whether for background music while sitting by the fire or tunes for your Christmas or New Year’s party, voice assistants can easily cue and play music to get you in the holiday spirit!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Control your home’s temperature with the sound of your voice. Doesn’t that sound comfy and cozy? As the air outside gets chilly and the snow falls, voice control lets you easily adjust the indoor temperature to meet your needs. Control the heat while you’re not at home for energy efficiency, and easily monitor your home’s thermostat while traveling to be sure the heat is functioning properly.

Here Comes Santa Claus
Voice control also serves as a link between all your Smart Home devices. Think of yourself as Santa and your smart devices as reindeer. With a voice assistant linking all the devices in your home, you hold the reins that deliver a safe and jolly holiday season!

Written by Anna Rogers