How to make a smart home.

Smart homes are rapidly growing in popularity with the number of households in the US actively using smart home devices reaching over 60 million in 2023. Home security is a top priority for many homeowners, and smart homes can offer convenience, comfort and improved security year-round. According to recent surveys, three out of five people say that home security is the number one reason they’re exploring the latest in smart home setups. With a smart home setup, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your home is secure, even when you’re away. 

That’s why manufacturers are developing a variety of technologies specifically designed to improve security. At the same time, they’re working together to create compatible products that deliver both convenience and savings. Here is the ultimate guide on how to make your house a smart house.

How do I start building a smart home?
Building a smart home can seem overwhelming, but it is easier than you might think. First, consider the devices you’ll need for your smart home setup. These can range from smart lights and thermostats to smart locks and cameras. The cost of these devices can vary widely, but a good rule of thumb is to budget around $1,000 for a basic setup. To be considered a smart home, your house needs to have reliable internet connection and a Wi-Fi network. Once you have these basics in place, you can start building your smart home.

Secure more with smart integrations
Smart home technology has revolutionized the way we live, and by taking advantage of compatible tech devices like a smart lock with a camera, you can enjoy all the incredible benefits technology has to offer. Whether you are looking to improve your home’s security, energy efficiency, or convenience you can create a seamless smart home experience with these smart integrations.

Jogger using Apple Watch to unlock front door.

The Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt makes seamless access simple and secure. The built-in WiFi compatibility connects directly to your home’s WiFi network, giving you the ability to control your lock from anywhere, manage up to 100 customized access codes, and see lock history when paired to the Schlage Home app – no extra hub required. And with Apple home keys compatibility, you can simply tap to lock or unlock using your iPhone or Apple Watch.

The Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt is changing the way you protect what matters most. Built-in WiFi and secure encryption help you control and monitor your home from anywhere, no additional accessories needed. Plus, you can pair it with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to lock and unlock the door, and check the status of your Schlage Sense deadbolt all with the power of your voice.

Install smart lighting
Nearly two-thirds of homeowners consider lighting when they’re thinking about smart home technology. Smart bulbs that can be remotely controlled and networked on timers and dimmers are convenient and energy efficient. Major manufacturers like Samsung and Phillips are lighting the way in home automation.

Install a smart thermostat
Look to companies like Ecobee, Nest, Honeywell and Bosch to put the “control” in climate control. Whether you’re automating your heating and AC, setting up individual climate zones within your home or looking to control and monitor your home temperature while you’re away, this is the ideal option for comfort and energy savings.

Install smart locks
We’ve already explored the Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, but Schlage offers a wide selection of smart locks to meet a variety of needs. Go keyless with secure customizable keycodes. Monitor and manage who’s coming and going. And enjoy the safety, simplicity and style that Schlage offers.

Schlage Encode paired with Ring doorbell.

Install smart doorbells and cameras
Who’s at the door? Are the kids home from school? Are you expecting a delivery? No matter where you are, video doorbells and remotely monitored security cameras can help you stay in the loop with what’s happening inside and outside of your home. Products from Ring, Nest and Amazon are revolutionizing home access. And peace of mind.

Install smart security
It’s important to remember that home security starts at the front door with a smart lock. Combining it with a monitored home security system can take protection to the next level. You can go with complete legacy systems like ADT or try network kits from companies like SimpliSafe or Abode. It all comes down to cost, convenience and compatibility. Learn more about which security systems are compatible with Schlage smart locks with our Works With page.

Install whole-home-automation
About half of those with smart homes also use their network to control smart TVs, speaker systems and other smart products such as appliances and window shades. Products from Wink, Samsung, Google and Apple provide a number of networking options with a variety of smart home device offerings.

The popularity of smart tech is only expected to grow as innovation fuels better products. When you consider the convenience, safety, security - and fun - connected technologies can bring you, it’s easy to see why you’d want to build a smart home system. Ready to begin building your dream smart home? View Schlage’s smart lock offerings or use our Get Help Deciding tool to find the perfect smart lock for your home.


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