How Smart Home Technologies Help You Get the Most Out of Sheltering in Place

There's no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the way we interact with the world and each other. With non-essential businesses and schools closed for the foreseeable future and millions of Americans staying home to flatten the curve, life looks a whole lot different than it did a couple of months ago.

Fortunately, technology has allowed us to stay connected. It's thanks to technology that you're able to work remotely, secure ongoing education for your children, or keep in contact with friends and loved ones outside of your own household. You can also rely on technology to make your quarantine a whole lot more comfortable. That's especially true if you had the foresight to install smart home technologies. Let's take a closer look at how some of the most popular smart home technology allows you to get the most out of sheltering in place during these uncertain times.

Automated Lighting and Shade Controls Help Maintain Your Routine

Not being able to follow your regular routine can be jarring, to say the least. Even if you're continuing to work from home, it's probable that the days will start to blend together. Your changing schedule may make you feel out of sorts, but smart home automation can make everything seem a bit more normal.

By using automated lighting and shade controls, you can program your home to adjust at specific times without having to remember a thing. This can help your family stay on track when other signals no longer exist. Whether you want to keep your consistent sleep schedule or you want to give yourself enough time to get ready in the morning, lighting and shade controls can restore a sense of conventionality.

Home Security Cameras Improve the Contactless Delivery Experience

Home security systems are a great investment as-is. But now that you're home all the time, you might think you're not getting much use out of your security cameras.

However, this system can make contactless delivery go a lot more smoothly. You'll know instantly when your takeout is left by your front door or when an essential package is delivered on your porch. This will ensure you're able to get your groceries promptly or that you can retrieve a gift left by a family member right away. Keep in mind that this can also protect your family and possessions during an uncertain time. Crime may occur as more people are laid off from work or are struggling financially, so your security system can ensure nothing is stolen before you're able to safely open the door.

Smart Home Theater Systems Make Binge-Watching a Real Event

Recent statistics show that users streamed 1 billion hours of content every week on Netflix. With so many people staying home and relying on digital entertainment, that number has almost certainly skyrocketed. But instead of watching binge-worthy shows on a small computer screen or tiny TV, you can enjoy them as part of your home theater system.

Your in-home entertainment system can make every night an exciting event. Whether you're wrapping up a gripping wild animal documentary or you're revisiting a classic rom-com for the hundredth time, there's no better way to watch your favorite series, films, live concerts, and viral YouTube videos than on an impressive home theatre setup. You'll benefit from surround sound, custom lighting and shade controls, and stress-free operation that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, you'll get to enjoy whatever snacks you want without the movie theater prices! This is a truly enjoyable way to shelter in place.

It will certainly take us a while to adjust to this new way of life -- and we hope we'll be able to go back to normal sooner rather than later. But in the meantime (and beyond), smart home automation can make it much easier to self-isolate with your family.

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