The commute to the office hasn’t happened for longer than you can remember, and it’s apparent that you’ve gotten the hang of this working from home thing. You’ve moved on from the dining room table and have a dedicated room set up as your professional business space. Now you're ready to step up the tech and automate your Austin home office. Features like smart thermostats, speakers, and lights can make your space more suitable for your job.
The fundamental question that needs answering is: What components should you invest in, and how can you optimize your Austin home office with home automation?
Create an ideal setting for your Zoom calls with smart lighting
One of the nicest benefits of ditching the office is that you won’t have to deal with rows of fluorescent lights. Illumination from a soft light or window will boost morale, decrease eye strain, and enhance the overall vibe. Still, home lights may also cause problems on online conferences or on your monitor. Of course, you can keep rising from your desk, walking over to the wall switch, and flipping on and off your lights. But that can be a hassle as you complete that task frequently throughout your day.
By using a smart light, you are able to easily manage your lighting without getting up from your desk. Simply access the lighting on your mobile app and dim them until you have the ideal level of light. You even have the option of presetting your smart lights to flip off when the day is over, letting you know that it's time to log off.
Smart thermostats make it comfortable at work
As well as controlling your lights with your smartphone app, you can also change your comfort levels. When you get warm during the day, are you walking down the hall to alter the thermostat settings? Or do you keep working and start falling asleep because your office is a bit too cozy? And computers generate heat -- most notably when you are working with a laptop sitting across your knees.
A smart thermostat gives you the opportunity to fiddle to your heart's delight to discover the perfect temperature. This convenient access is lovely on bright days, when the sunshine fills your home and generates hotter areas in your office. However, on variable weather days, you might see that you're adjusting thermostat settings from your phone 3-4 times a day!
Automate your home office in Austin with your smart speaker
Despite the fact that smart light bulbs and thermostats may be the quickest path to automate your Austin home office, you have the option of adding a wide array of smart components. For example, a smart doorbell lets you know when boxes have been delivered without you needing to go check. Smart locking systems can keep your home office secure. Or set up a smart plug that automates common conveniences, like printers and coffee machines.
When you want to connect these devices within a single platform, you can streamline with a home automation system like ones offered by Vivint, or you have the choice of adding a more convoluted assortment of skills programmed to your Alexa or Google Home. Regardless of the path you take, you can use your smart speaker to manage your smart components through simple voice commands. For example, say "Dim lights to 60 percent" to remove glare. Or say, "Alexa, start my meeting," and instantly transform your work space with the ideal light, comfort levels, and sound for those fun video conferences.
Automate your home office with Vivint
The most sensible strategy to bring a new level of automation to your home office is by integrating a smart home system. Reach out to our team, and a Vivint specialist will walk you through your advanced security and automation choices. Then you can tailor the most suitable setup for your needs.
Call (512) 229-9684 or send in the form below to start your project.