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Top Smart Home Systems for 2021

Smart Home 2021

Updating your home to modern aesthetics is something that homeowners have been doing for decades. With recent advances in ‘Smart Home’ technology, updates are no longer just to keep up with visual style. Now, homeowners have to keep their homes up to date with all the latest tech. After all, Millennial buyers are looking for houses already updated with Smart Home systems.

Ten years ago, we would have suggested that updating your kitchen and bathrooms would provide the highest return on investment. Now, we are telling you that updating your home’s technology is the way to go. Here are some of the top smart home systems and devices for your home in 2021.

Top Smart Home Systems
Millennial buyers are looking for houses already updated with Smart Home systems

Lighting: Philips Hue Smart Lighting

Control the lights in your home from your phone or by voice command! The Philips Hue Bridge, smart bulbs, and smart controls will forever change the way you experience home lighting.


Starter kit (Hue Bridge + 3 A19 Smart Bulbs) – $67.99 

Each A19 Smart Bulb costs about $15 and can be purchased on Amazon.

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Smart Thermostat: Ecobee

The Ecobee Smart Thermostat allows you to control the heating and cooling systems in your home from all of your devices, or with a voice command (using Alexa or Google Assistant). It has several features that make it a great addition to your smart home system and help with the energy efficiency of your home.


The Ecobee4 with two sensors can be purchased on for $229.00

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Smart Home Security/Monitoring: Ring

Ring is one of the originals when it comes to Smart Home monitoring. They now offer a comprehensive DIY home security system that works together with all Ring products. The security system is available in a few different packages. It consists of an alarm keypad, base station, and contact & motion sensors. Some packages include video components as well. Add emergency support service for $10 per month.


The 5-piece Ring Alarm Security Kit is $199.99

The 10-piece Ring Alarm Security Kit is $259.99

The 14-piece Ring Alarm Security Kit is $329.99

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Smart Lock: August

Smart locks are an upgrade to your existing door lock and have added features such as keyless entry, guest access control, and automatic lock and unlock functions. The August Wi-Fi Smart lock can be controlled with your smartphone and is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.


The August Wifi Smart Lock costs $249.99 and does not require a bridge device. Buy for $219.19 on Amazon!

The August Smart Lock Pro + Connect (bridge device) costs $229.99. Buy for $205.00 on Amazon!

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Smart Home Smoke/CO2 Detector: Nest Protect

The Nest Protect is a smart home device to truly be excited about! It is a smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector that is nothing like the traditional detector. This device can be connected to your phone to allow you to quiet alarms and to receive notifications of alarms when you aren’t home.


A Nest Protect smoke/CO2 detector costs $119.00.

A 3-pack costs $329.00

A 6-pack costs $612.00

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Kitchen Faucet: Delta Faucet with VoiceIQ

Not only do Delta Touch2O faucets look great, but they can also be upgraded with VoiceIQ technology that makes them a game-changer in the kitchen. The faucet connects with your connected home device to allow you to control it with voice commands. It will even pour specific measurements or pre-set amounts of water per your voice command. This smart faucet also sends usage and efficiency data to your phone.


You can purchase The VoiceIQ Module for $105.00. It is compatible with any Delta Touch2O faucet.

Touch2O faucets can be purchased on with the VoiceIQ module from $386.12 to $792.23.

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Top Smart Home Systems are a smart choice

As you can see, home updates are a little different than they used to be. There are so many amazing tech products for your home. These smart home updates will not only add value to your daily life but will add great value to your home. If and when you sell, home buyers will find your smart home updates very attractive.