I've been living in a smart home for two years - and I probably will for the rest of my life
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Over two years ago, I converted my old "dumb" home into a still-old "smart" home.
I've been using a smart-home system for the last two years that lets me control my home's climate, door locks, and security, and it's proven to be indispensable.
In fact, I would take my existing devices or buy smart-home devices if I were to move.
It's not so much the convenience of controlling these things from the couch or even abroad. It's the peace of mind of knowing away from home that I locked the door, set the alarm, and reducing energy bills from better managing the heater or air conditioning.
Plus, controlling things like the temperature with my voice on smart speakers like Amazon's Echo or Google's Home devices - while not perfect - can add a futuristic touch.
Oddly, my favorite connected device in the house is the smart doorbell. Apartment dwellers may scoff, but I doubt any homeowner would prefer not knowing who's ringing at the door at two in the morning (you'll find that story below).
Check out why you should get smart home devices if you're still on the fence about them: