5 Ways to Use Smart Home Universal Remotes
The remote control is often associated with a television, but advancements in remote technology have turned the handheld device into a lot more. As you look into upgrades for your home theater and house in general, invest a little of the budget into a smart home universal remote.
The advanced remotes have precise TV controls, but they also can control a lot of different elements within the home. Learn about five ways to use a smart remote, and turn the advanced device into one of the most used pieces of technology in your house.
1. Light Control
When you are comfortable and ready to watch a movie, the last thing you likely want to do is get up to shut off all the lights or deal with a glare blocking your screen. A smart remote will usually include full light control for your home.
Home technicians can install smart bulbs in every room of the home and help manage the lights.
You can shut off all the lights to watch a movie. Also, in the middle of the night, you can grab the remote off a nightstand and add some dim hallway lighting to access a bathroom. The digital light controls are easily labeled and organized so you can quickly find the lights you need to adjust.
Many universal remotes also give you access to light timers. Set a light to turn on at a specific time or only remain on for a few hours. The controls usually work with both interior and exterior lights.
2. Automated Blinds
Another impact on your home theater experience is the blinds and shades in your home. Control automated blinds with just a push of a button on a remote. Along with a one-touch fully open or fully shut option, you can select a more precise option to control the blinds with.
The automated blinds not only help with the home theater, but you can also use the blinds to block out the sun for naps during the day or longer morning sleep.
3. Thermostat Control
Adjust the heat or air conditioning with a smart remote that features thermostat controls. An upgrade to your thermostat may include a smart hub with wireless connection options. Through a thermostat control, you can adjust temperatures for every room in the home.
Just like the lights, the controls also feature timers so you can turn down the heat at night and up again in the morning.
4. Smart Speaker Controls
Enjoy your audio from the TV or other sources with smart speaker controls. Wireless speakers set up around the home can provide a lot of audio options. When the TV is not in use, you can use smart speakers to play music, listen to news, or enjoy a podcast.
Some of the more advanced smart speakers include room-by-room controls. You can play music in the kitchen and listen to a sports game in the living room. All of the audio options and volume levels are controllable with the smart remote.
5. Smart Doorbell Connections
As you enjoy TV, you do not need to get up when someone arrives at the door. A smart remote offers smart video doorbell access so you can see and interact with guests at the home. In some cases, you may just have a package delivery you can get up and receive after your show has ended. The live feed provides direct views.
Some remotes include built-in microphones so you can talk and communicate with the visitors. A technician can install both elements and ensure the remote connects to the video doorbell. The easy access means you can control your media and do not need to pull out a separate device like a phone to check on video doorbell footage.
For more information on smart home upgrades, contact us at A Tech. We will help set up a new smart remote, connect the remote to other devices, and teach you how to properly use the remote.