You've been out of the office quite some time, and it’s clearly evident that you’re pretty good at this work-from-home situation. You’ve moved on from the the coffee table in the living room and have a dedicated room set up as your new workspace. It’s now time to take it to the next level and automate your Oakland home office. Devices like smart lights and smart thermostats will make your new digs more customized, comfortable, and conducive for your job.
The question you need to answer is: What devices should you think about integrating, and how can you optimize your Oakland home office with home automation?
Illuminate your Zoom calls with smart light bulbs
One of the best advantages of abandoning office life is that you won’t have to sit under harsh light from fluorescent bulbs. Illuminating your space with a soft light or window is known to boost morale, decrease eye strain, and upgrade the general feel of the room. With that being said, some light bulbs can also create issues on online conferences or on your computer’s screen. Certainly, you can keep rising from your desk, walking over to the switch on your wall, and flipping on and off your lights. But that can be an annoyance when you complete that task multiple times a day.
With a smart light, you are able to easily manage your lighting without leaving your chair. Just pull up the lights 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 at the end of the day, signifying that you can shut down your computer.
Smart thermostats let you easily adjust the temperature
In addition to controlling your lighting with your smartphone app, you also have the ability to adjust your thermostat. When you get a little overheated during the day, are you walking down the hall to change the thermostat? Or do you remain at your desk and then get drowsy because your office is a bit too cozy? Keep in mind computers will also add to your warmth -- most notably when you spend the day with a laptop resting on your body.
A smart thermostat lets you to fiddle to your heart's delight to find the perfect temperature. This ability to adjust is beneficial on bright days, as the sun comes through the windows and causes hot spots in your work area. However, on variable weather days, you could find that you're remotely controlling the thermostat 3-4 times throughout the morning and afternoon!
Automate your home office in Oakland with the help of a smart speaker
Even though smart light bulbs and thermostats are likely the simplest method to automate your Oakland home office, you can add a whole host of smart components. For example, a doorbell camera lets you know when boxes have been delivered without constantly checking the front porch. Smart locking systems can secure your sensitive information. Or set up a smart plug that allows you to operate common conveniences, like printers and coffee machines.
If you are looking to combine these smart items together, you may go with a smart home system, like Vivint, or you have the choice of adding a more convoluted assortment of skills programmed to your Alexa or Google Home. Either way, you have the ability to use your smart speaker to direct your connected smart items through simple voice commands. For example, say "Lights dim 10%" to get the glare off your screen. Or give the instruction, "Alexa, join my meeting," and have your entire home office turn the ideal light, comfort levels, and volume for your video conference calls.
Automate your home office with Vivint
The simplest method to automate your home office is through the use of a smart home system. Get in touch with us today, and a Vivint representative will guide you through your advanced security and automation possibilities. Then you have the ability to tailor the ideal plan for your property.
Call (510) 281-3999 or complete the form below to get started.