Having the ability to work from home can be a really big convenience for those who run a business or offer a freelancing service. However, without a fixed workspace, you can spend a lot of time hopping around from coffee shop to the library and everywhere in between trying to get work done. This loss of time can quickly turn into an inconvenience.
If this sounds too familiar, wouldn’t it be smarter to invest in creating your own office within your smart home?
The Harlingen smart home builders of Smart Home Construction are here to give you some ideas on how to turn your home office into the perfect smart home workspace.
Benefits of Having Your Own Smart Office
Having your own personal office space within the comfort of your smart home can be an absolute game-changer. Not only will you finally have a fixed space where you can get to work immediately, but you also have the ability to fully customize the overall tone and setting of the room based on whatever helps your workflow.
Whether you feel you can perform best with bright lights and loud music, or you’d rather have a quiet, minimalistic space, the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing your smart home office.
Smart Home Office Essentials
In order to make the best out of your smart home office, it is worth looking into some notable smart home tools:
Reliable Mesh Wi-Fi Network
Wi-Fi is required to properly run a smart home. While the standard router can be enough to provide Wi-Fi for smaller homes, it may not completely cover every part of your smart home. A mesh network router is designed to cover every part of your smart home, as well as provide the right horsepower to run all of your smart devices all at once.
The main router will need to be installed while a number of different satellite modules, or nodes, will need to be placed around your home to ensure that every corner of your home has a strong signal. These types of routers can range in prices depending on your personal needs. For example, a router such as the Google Wifi can easily do the job for a standard smart home at an affordable price, while a 3-piece set-up will cover all the additional ground for larger spaces.
Since there is a lot of technology being used across a smart home office, it can be pretty easy to forget to unplug/turn off all your unused devices. Installing a smart plug can not only eliminate this issue but will also help you conserve energy – and most importantly – save you money.
Smart plugs are designed to let you control objects that aren’t necessarily “smart” via a smartphone. Whether it’s a lamp, printer, or some sort of portable fan, you can turn these off from anywhere. Additionally, these plugs can help you monitor energy consumption and can be scheduled to automatically turn on or off.
Sitting down staring at a screen for an extended period of time with the same fixed lighting can be exhausting for your eyes and your workflow in general. As mentioned earlier, whether you work better in a bright or dark environment, installing smart lighting around your smart home office will let you fully control how much light you have at any given moment.
Not only will you have numerous options to choose from based on your current mood, but smart bulbs are also designed to be environmentally friendly while outlasting the average light bulb. Like the rest of the smart devices mentioned, you can automatically schedule them to turn off or on.
Home Voice Assistants
These are perhaps the most recognizable smart home devices on the market, and there is a good reason for it. Products such as Google Home or the Amazon Echo are known to be the most popular home voice assistants and can do much more than just act as a speaker.
With the ability to integrate these devices with other smart home devices, they can become a useful tool around the office. You can do anything from initiating a conference call, scheduling appointments and reminders to just simply telling your smart assistant to stream your favorite playlist or dim the lights.
Bonus: Smart Coffee Machine
If coffee is your choice of fuel, then this is a golden opportunity for you to upgrade to a smart coffee machine. Smart coffee makers can automatically brew you the perfect cup at any given moment with just the click of a button on your smartphone. Additionally, smart coffee machines can also give you a friendly reminder if you need to restock on coffee beans.
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