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can be regulated with smart thermostats,
like the Ecobee, Nest or Honeywell. The
newest models allow you to put sensors in
rooms you occupy most frequently, so that
the thermostat operates on the basis of
where you are in the house, instead of the
thermostat's location.

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Doorbells like Ring are some of the best
known smart products on the market,
though a homeowner now has many options
for doorbells with a camera to deter porch
pirates. It's a nice feature to check to see if
a package has arrived while sitting at work,
and cameras can often provide a wider view
of the yard and street for enhanced peace of
mind. Many allow you to communicate, so
you can talk to a delivery man or assure a
friend who's arrived early that you're on your
way to meet them.
Your doorbell isn't the only connected
device for your front door-you can also
install a keyless lock that provides both
security and flexibility. You can unlock or
lock the door from your phone, and many
allow you to add permanent or temporary
users with a special access code, or set
schedules for specific days and times, like
for a dog walker.
Sprinklers can be automated too, and
can be triggered by other devices, like your
connected door lock, so that when you leave
your property, your sprinklers can do their
job. And the ultimate smart home watchdog?
A security system with integrated cameras,
like SimpliSafe and Cove, two of the
entrants to the now crowded non-contract,
DIY home security market.
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every smart device possible, or start with a
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