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The Best Smart Devices For A Safer Home

Updated: Mar 4

Check Compatibility Before You Buy

Most devices work with Alexa, and Google devices and also have their own separate apps. However a new standard called Matter is gaining universal support and will allow easy operability with Alexa, Google and Apple. If you would want Apple compatibility be sure to confirm the device support Matter or Apple Homekit.


These are the best smart devices for your home

  • Smart Garage Door Opener. You'll be able to determine if your garage door was left open or allow you to open it remotely for someone.


MyQ is the most prevalent system out there but it doesn't work with Apple. It comes installed on many new garage door openers or you can purchase an add-on device to bring smarts to your current garage door opener.


Meross Smart Garage which costs about $40 on Amazon is Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and CarPlay. It's an add-on component to your existing garage door opener.


  • Smart Thermostat - easily voice control and program your thermostat.



  • Smart Water Controller

Works with Alexa and it's app. ACWD has partnered with Rachio Inc. and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) to offer residential customers a Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller at a discounted price of $65 +tax for a 4-zone controller or $100 +tax for a 8 or 16-zone controller (up to a $279+ retail value)! Residential customers can receive an instant rebate when purchasing a Rachio controller at https://bawsca.rachio.com/. Supplies are limited.




  • Smart Switches to Control Your Lights

Kasa Matter Smart Dimmer Switch: Voice Control w/Siri, Alexa & Google Assistant: This budget-friendly option provides basic on/off and scheduling control from your smartphone. Sells for about $24 on Amazon.



  • Smart Outdoor Cameras and Doorbells

Currently cameras aren't supported by Matter.

Blink Outdoor $ Cameras - Easy to install. Works with Alexa. 6 Cameras for about $300



Blink Video Doorbell about $35 on Amazon


  • Smart Door Locks Schlage BE499WB CEN 622 Encode Plus WiFi Deadbolt Smart Lock about $289 at Amazon. It supports Apple Home Key but doesn't support matter. They won't have a matter supported lock for another year. They come in different colors and offer multiple ways to gain entry, including a traditional key.


Level Lock also work with Apple Home kit. It make your existing deadbolt smart with Bluetooth connectivity. Level Bolt fits invisibly inside your door and is an ideal solution for people who require a specific lock design or need to retrofit a door on an older home. After installing your Level Bolt, add it to your Apple Home. You will need to purchase our Level Bolt Connect to add WiFi connectivity and additional home apps like Google Home or Amazon Alexa.


These are the Smart features I find most useful to make life easier, and make a safer more secure home.


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