- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 7/2/2021
It seems like every year, life moves just a little bit faster. Between the pressures of work, raising kids and maintaining a home, it sometimes feels like there aren't enough hours in the day to get it all done. If you struggle to keep track of the little things, smart products can be a real time saver, allowing you to control appliances, customize your home lighting and keep tabs on your vehicle's health from anywhere using your phone.
Smart plugs & outlets are the busy person's best friend. Both operate using your home hub or an easy-to-install app. After installation, simply plug in the appliance of your choice to control it from anywhere using your phone.
Help save time getting dinner on the table by firing up the slow cooker while you're at work. Cut down on your electric bill by controlling air conditioners, dehumidifiers and air purifiers remotely instead of leaving them on all day. Stop stressing about whether you left the coffee maker on in the morning. You can even set appliances to run according to pre-programmed schedules and control all of your smart outlets separately via Wi-Fi.
Did you forget to turn off the bedroom light this morning? No problem. Smart bulbs and smart switches offer the same remote capabilities as smart plugs and outlets. Toggle your lights when you're at work or on vacation to help make your house look occupied. Set your lights to turn on and off according to a pre-programmed schedule. Or, help cut your electrical costs by programming lights to turn off when you leave the room.
In addition, many smart bulbs are also dimmable and tunable, allowing you to adjust their color temperature from cooler hues that help you stay alert to warmer light more suited for relaxing. Plus, some bulbs, like the Geeni Prisma Plus 800 series, let you cycle between millions of different colors, making it perfect for holidays and other gatherings.
There's nothing more disruptive than when a car goes down. The ZUS Smart Vehicle Health Monitor Mini from Nonda can help you anticipate auto issues by keeping you informed of your vehicle's health. Plug the monitor into your car's OBD-II port, then sync it to the iOS/Android ZUS app on your phone. Once that's completed, you can use it to track your vehicle's battery voltage and scan your engine for potential issues.
Even better, when your check engine light goes on, the monitor will diagnose the reason and allow you to clear the message yourself. This saves the time and cost of taking your car into the shop if the error is insignificant. If you do need a repair, you'll know exactly what needs fixing, saving you the cost of unnecessary repairs.
Batteries Plus can provide you with the smart solutions you need to help simplify your life. Shop our entire selection of home automation products or read our recommendations for the top smart home products of 2021.