(BPT) - This holiday season, approximately 12 million Americans plan to purchase voice assistants as gifts, according to research from the Consumer Technology Association. People see the value these products offer, and everyone needs their own personal assistant, right?
However, what many shoppers may not realize is that to get the most out of their new voice assistant, they need to surround it with compatible devices in their home. The right supporting devices allow them to turn their home into a fully functioning smart home, capable of saving them money, time and energy, all without having to lift a finger.
The tricky part, for many people, is finding devices that work with their voice assistant. Most have chosen an Amazon Echo or Google Home — but finding a set of smart home gadgets that will all work with their specific device can be challenging.
To help propel people into the world of smart homes, faster than St. Nicholas can fly around the world, here is a list of highly compatible smart home devices.
1. Honeywell’s Lyric T5 or Lyric Round. Why should homeowners be interested in Honeywell’s Lyric T5 or Lyric Round? To start, Honeywell is the only thermostat brand in the U.S. to be fully integrated with all major smart hubs, including Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomeKit and more. Using geofencing, Honeywell’s Lyric T5 and Lyric Round save you money by putting the thermostat into energy-saving mode when no one is home, and detecting when the first person is nearing home to start warming or cooling the home ahead of his or her arrival. The Lyric thermostats can also be programmed from anywhere using the Lyric app, so you’re always in control of the temperature whether you’re home or away.
2. LIFX A19 LED lights. Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, LIFX A19 LED Lights deliver 1,100 lumens from just 11 watts usage. Paired with an assistant, these lights can be tailored to specific automated schedules or turned on and off via voice control through the home’s smart assistant. This means never having to worry that the lights are on and energy is being wasted ever again.
3. August smart locks. Security is an invaluable asset to any home — smart or not — and August smart locks take it to the next level by utilizing the latest technology. These locks are compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, and they allow homeowners to lock and unlock their doors remotely while also seeing who comes or goes from their home. Using their smart assistant, homeowners can provide keyless entry to family and friends and peace of mind to themselves that their home is as safe as it is smart.