You've been out of the office a while now, and it’s clearly evident that you’re pretty good at this remote work reality. You no longer need to use the the coffee table in the living room and have a quiet space established as your professional business space. Now you're ready to step up the tech and automate your McAllen home office. Features like smart thermostats, speakers, and lights can make your area more customized, comfortable, and conducive for work.
But what components should you invest in, and how can you optimize your McAllen home office with home automation?
Illuminate your Zoom calls with smart light bulbs
One of the greatest perks of working from home is that you no longer have to sit under fluorescent lighting. Illuminating your space with a soft light or window can improve your mood, lessen the strain on your eyes, and elevate the room’s general feel. With that being said, some light bulbs might also cause problems on video calls or on your computer’s screen. Certainly, you can keep standing up, walking over to the wall switch, and turning your lights on or off. But that may be a hassle as you make that trip multiple times a day.
With a smart light, you can better control your lighting without getting up from your desk. Simply access the lighting on your mobile app and dim them until you have the light level you need. You even have the option of presetting your smart lights to flip off when the day is over, signifying that you need to step away from the computer screen.
Smart thermostats make it comfortable at work
As well as managing your lights through your mobile app, you will also be able to change your temperature settings. As you get a little overheated throughout your working hours, are you rushing to another area of your house to change the thermostat? Or do you keep working and start falling asleep because it's stuffy within the house? Keep in mind computers will also generate heat -- especially if you work with a laptop sitting across your knees.
A smart thermostat gives you the opportunity to quickly and easily adjust settings so you can discover the right temperature. This convenient access is lovely on a sunny day, when the sunshine fills your home and causes hot spots in your office. However, on days with wide weather fluctuations, you may discover that you're remotely controlling the thermostat many times during your day!
Automate your home office in McAllen by using a smart speaker
While smart light bulbs and thermostats tend to be the simplest method to automate your McAllen home office, you are able to bring together a whole host of connected devices. For instance, a doorbell camera lets you know when packages have arrived without you needing to go check. Smart locking systems will keep your home office secure. Or set up a smart plug that automates household devices, like your coffee maker or printer.
When you want to connect your smart components together, you may streamline with an easy-to-use command center that comes as part of your Vivint system, or go with a more hodge-podge dump of skills in your Alexa or Google Home. Either way, you can use your smart speaker to direct your smart components through simple voice commands. To illustrate, say "Lights dim 10%" to remove glare. Or say, "Alexa, Zoom call," and have your entire home office turn the ideal light, temperature settings, and sound for your video conference calls.
Automate your home office with Vivint
The most sensible strategy to bring a new level of automation to your home office is to use a total smart home installation. Get in touch with us today, and a Vivint specialist will guide you through your automation and home security possibilities. Then you can customize the most suitable setup for your needs.
Call (956) 303-1646 or submit the form below to request a consultation.