5 Smart Home Devices That Make Working From Home Easier


Smart home devices are designed to make your life easier. When working from home it can be easy to let your work schedule take over and forget to keep an eye on things around the house that could have a negative effect on your output. This is where some of the latest technology for your home can keep you on track and your productivity flowing.

On yet another video conference call when someone rings your doorbell? This video doorbell alerts your smartphone that someone’s at the door. There’s a speaker and microphone built in so you can pop yourself on mute and answer without needing to leave your seat. There are even pre-recorded messages that come in handy when you want to tell your caller to leave a parcel in a safe place while practising social distancing.

This device also doubles up as a safety measure; you can see who is at your front door whether you’re at home or not.

We’ve all been there, you’re halfway through a report, it’s getting late in the day and the temperature is dropping. Or you’ve been working tirelessly all morning and the room has got to boiling point.

With the Google Nest Learning Thermostat, you can control the temperature directly from your Smartphone, wherever you are. It’s super easy to use and learns your preferences, so after a little time it will alter the temperature in your house for you. This device is designed to save you energy and money, and we’re big believers in sustainability.

Indoor air can be five times more polluted than outside due to things like paint, furniture, carpet, air fresheners, toys, and much more. So, when working from home it’s important to keep an eye of the quality of your air in your home as it affects allergies, asthma, concentration, sleep quality, skin and your overall health. The Awair identifies the five key factors that determine your air quality – chemicals, temperature, fine dust, humidity, and CO2 – which can be viewed at a glance via the Awair app.

Fresh air can clear your mind and leave you feeling refreshed but as it’s a little tricky to get out and about at the moment, looking after the air in your home is the next best thing.

There is an old adage that says, “two is one, and one is none” and this couldn’t be truer when it comes to internet connectivity. If your internet connection fails, then there’s a high possibility your productivity will take a nosedive in a world where everything seems to be online.

This is where a mobile backup router is crucial. Although turning your smartphone into a mobile hotspot works as a short-term solution, we recommend you have a proper mobile hotspot device for longer outages.

The Nighthawk M2 next generation gigabit LTE mobile router can achieve up to 2 Gbps down speed, so you can jump straight back into your work at a moments notice. Mind you, if you want to swerve the next video conference call, we don’t blame you.

When working from home you tend to miss talking with your team and the motivation which comes with those interactions. Sometimes it can get a little bit quiet with the only noise coming from the constant tapping of your keyboard. This is where some music can help improve your mood and productivity.

The Amazon Echo 3rd Generation Smart Speaker connects with all your favourite music apps such as Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn. Plus, it’s voice controlled so you don’t even need to leave your desk.

Another useful feature of the Amazon Echo is that the Alexa voice-controlled operating system can help answer any random questions you may have while working, saving you some time and headaches.

Done with work for the day? Alexa has tens of thousands of skills and Amazon are always adding more such as tracking fitness, playing games and plenty more to keep the family entertained.

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