You guys!! I am SO excited for today’s post because it’s about something I’ve become obsessed with and I think you all are going to really love it too. So several months ago I got interested in the idea of creating a “smart home”. And if you don’t know what means, it’s basically like using the power of technology in your home to make it more efficient, user friendly, secure, etc. But to be honest, I was kind of intimidated by the idea. I’ve told you all many times now that I’m really not a tech savvy person. I do what I absolutely have to do for the blog, but that’s about it. Anyway, a while back Verizon reached out to me about partnering up to feature their smart home devices and I said HECK YES. I’m so excited to share a few of their smart home accessories with you all today–two of which have completely changed our lives. Ok, that might be a tad bit dramatic, but it’s pretty darn close.
So we all know Verizon as a service provider (I’ve actually been a Verizon customer since I got my very first phone when I was sixteen years old!) but what you might not realize is that they also offer several amazing home devices too, including security cameras, doorbells camera, wireless chargers, Google Home and the Nest thermostat. And you don’t have to be a Verizon customer to purchase the products. All you need is wifi in your home and you’re good to go!
Of all the smart home products Verizon offers, I was most interested in the Nest thermostat. I’ve heard AMAZING things about its ability to reduce heating and cooling costs, so I was really excited to give it a try. I picked one up at our local Verizon store near Park Meadows Mall and it was SO easy to install. My husband and I were both a little nervous going into it, but the instructions were super easy to follow, even for non-tech savvy people like us. All we had to do was remove our old thermostat cover and replace it with the Nest system. We had it up and running in about thirty minutes.
The thing I love about the Nest thermostat is that it allows us to control the temperature in our home in a more efficient way because it has magical energy saving features. It learns what temperature we like in the house and then suggests a similar temperature that is more energy friendly. But my favorite feature of all is that we can control it remotely from our phones! I simply downloaded the Nest app and BOOM. I can adjust the temperature in our home right from my phone. (The green leaf you can see in the photo above indicates a more efficient temperature choice. So cool, right?!)
Adjusting the thermostat can be done directly on the dial or on the Nest app, which it’s SO simple to use. With the app, I can adjust the temperature quickly and easily from anywhere on my phone. It’s especially useful if we’ve been out for the day and I want to warm the house up before we get home.
We also installed the doorbell camera, which is called Nest Hello. This is basically a “smart” doorbell that is enabled with video camera so I can see who is at the door 24/7 from my phone. How amazing is that?! It alerts me whenever someone is at the door, even if they don’t ring the doorbell. Seriously. LIFE CHANGING.
I can honestly say that I am obsessed with both of these products. They’re even more amazing than I expected and I highly recommend them if you’re looking to make you home more efficient and secure. And Verizon has so many other amazing home devices too, like Google Home, indoor cameras, and even wireless chargers. Plus now that it’s the holiday season, they’re running all types of great specials. So if you’ve been thinking about any of these products now is a great time to snag them at your local Verizon.