12 Things You Can Do With a Smart Home Starter Kit
For many people, the idea of turning their home into a smart home may seem complicated or expensive. But with no contracts, required monthly fees, or messy installation, the SmartThings Smart Home Starter Kit is the easiest and most affordable way to start creating a safer, smarter home.
Here are 14 things you can do for a simple one-time purchase of $199:
1) Get instant alerts if there’s unexpected motion inside your home
Everyone wants to be able to better protect and secure their home. But not everyone wants to pay a hefty installation fee and $49.99 a month for a traditional home security system. That’s where SmartThings comes in.
Simply place the included SmartSense Motion sensor in your home, and you can receive instant alerts on your smartphone if there’s unexpected motion in or around your home.
2) Know if a door or window opens while you’re away
Being able to monitor doors and windows is an important part of home security. With SmartThings, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be notified wherever you are if anything out of the ordinary is going on at home.
Just place the included SmartSense Open/Closed sensor on the inside of your front door, back door, or any window and you’ll receive an instant alert on your smartphone if someone tries to force their way in while you’re away.
3) Gain peace of mind knowing that your kids are home from school
If you’re a parent, chances are you worry about your little ones more often than you care to admit. Fortunately, SmartThings lets you easily and effortlessly stay connected to loved ones by letting you know when kids, spouses, cars, or pets come and go. After all, peace of mind shouldn’t be complicated.
By placing the included SmartSense Presence sensor in your child’s backpack (or in a car, a spouse’s briefcase, etc.), you can customize SmartThings to send you notifications when they leave home and/or arrive back home.
4) Secure safes, jewelry, and other valuables
By placing the included SmartSense Open/Closed sensor on the outside of a safe, on a filing cabinet, on the top of a ring box, or on a jewelry drawer, you can receive an instant notification on your smartphone if someone opens it.
5) Never lose your keys inside your house again
Just place the included SmartSense Presence sensor on your keychain, and if your keys go AWOL, you can trigger your Presence sensor to sound three loud beeping noises to let you know where they’re hiding.
6) Be alerted if Barkley or Whiskers makes a break for it
By placing a SmartSense Presence sensor around your pet’s collar, you can receive a notification on your smartphone if your furry friend escapes through the front door, back door, or doggy door.
7) Know when the mail arrives each day
Just as the SmartSense Open/Closed sensor can let you know if a door or window opens, it can also let you know if a mailbox or mail slot opens. Simply place the two parts of the sensor by the mailbox or mail slot’s opening, and you can use the free SmartThings app to notify you whenever the box or slot opens.
8) Be notified if the temperature in your home rises or falls below a certain level
Extreme temperatures in your home can freeze pipes, create leaks, encourage mold, and cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. In fact, this exact event is what lead Alex Hawkinson to start SmartThings three years ago. SmartThings can help you protect your home and belongings by monitoring the temperature levels in any room of your home.
How? Easy: In addition to being able to monitor movement and when things open and close, the included SmartSense Motion and Open/Closed sensors can also measure the temperature. If the temperature in the basement, attic, or other area of your home reaches an unsafe level, you can be notified immediately before it’s too late.
9) Get a phone call if your teen comes home after curfew
Give your teen a SmartSense Presence sensor (or use their smartphone as a presence-sensing device), and then trigger it to send you a push notification if your child arrives home after a certain time. Better yet, use this fun IFTTT rule to trigger a phone call.
10) Be notified if someone opens your liquor cabinet
Attach a SmartSense Open/Closed sensor to your liquor cabinet and trigger an alert on your smartphone or a phone call if anyone tries to steal a drink without your permission.
11) Know if your doors and windows are closed
Did I remember to close the front door? What about the garage? The windows? We’ve all wondered these things, but with SmartThings, you no longer have to worry: Simply open up the free SmartThings app and easily check to see if doors and windows are open or closed.
To do this, simply place a SmartSense Open/Closed sensor on any door or window and you’ll be able to quickly see if it’s open or closed in the SmartThings app.
12) Enhance, change, and customize your SmartThings setup
As your needs change, you can easily customize SmartThings to work in different ways, or add additional compatible devices to create a smart home that automatically reacts to your unique preferences and patterns. And if you move, you can take SmartThings with you. Just start with the Smart Home Starter Kit, download the free SmartThings app, and get ready to experience life like never before.