How I Made My Tiny Apartment Into A Smart Home

    Tech 101

    by Irina Grechko · April 19, 2017

    I'll start with this: I am not very technologically savvy. Let this be a disclaimer for those who have everything from their fitness routines to their smart televisions hooked up to their phones, and an invitation for those who love the idea of doing that, but don't know where to begin, and can really be helped by a Smart Home 101.

    Despite having tech skills that leave room (like a lot of room—in fact, more room than my New York City apartment has) for improvement, ever since moving into a new apartment, I've become obsessed with making my 500-square-foot space "smart," or at least, smarter. In part it's because I've always been fascinated with homes that boast solar panel roofs (I don't know why, I just... have); in part because my prior home had been accessed on several occasions without my permission by my management company, and I really became obsessed with the idea of setting up a security camera; and in part because I am really lazy when it comes to setting a timer on my phone when I cook, which has contributed to many things burning. And after purchasing a Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner and becoming obsessed with it—most notably for its standout feature that allowed me turn it off remotely when I'd forgotten when leaving home in the morning rush and then on again 10 minutes before I got to my apartment in the midst of a sweltering New York summer when everything smells like hot garbage.

    And while the concept of a 100 percent smart home is still ways away, there is no shortage of companies that are on a mission to make an internet-connected habitat a reality as quickly as possible. Here's how I made my New York City-sized apartment into a seriously plugged-in home. 

    Another disclaimer: While this is by no means a list of all the smart home technologies out there, it's a good start for those unsure if they want to make a switch.

    Tags: culture, home, tech
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