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IFTTT Recipes To Run Your Smart Home the Smart Way

By Ben Shepardson | March 30, 2017

Is your smart phone looking more like a remote control these days?

The rise of the mobile device has made it possible to manage many functions of your home 24/7 via special apps. Turn on lights, set your thermostat, monitor security cameras or preheat your oven, all from your smart phone.

But like most things, this kind of convenience comes at a cost: the more apps and devices you have to manage, the less of a convenience they become and the more you ask yourself: Was investing in a smart home really a smart idea?

Enter IFTTT, the platform that brings all smart device functionality into one convenient management platform. With predefined, chef-approved and DIY If/Then recipes, users can simplify their smart home management and put an end to app-hopping for good. This means that all those individual smart home wonders can simmer together in harmony to give you the convenient experience you expected.

If you’ve got the smart ingredients, here are the top recipes you need to try:

If security camera detects an event, Then send a notification.

Applets for security services like Nest Cam can keep you informed of what’s happening in your home when you’re not.

If the door locks via the app, Then adjust the thermostat.

Why spend money heating and cooling your home when no one is there? You can use smart locks, like Lockitron, to safeguard your home when you leave, which can then tell your thermostat to switch to Away mode.

If tagged in a Facebook photo, Then flash Hue lights.

Depending on how serious social media is to you, the If/Then statements you can create with Hue lights are must-haves. You can also turn your lights a cyan blue when someone mentions you on Twitter, blink your lights when an email comes in, or change the light color to match your latest Instagram post.

If weather forecast predicts rain, Then turn off sprinklers.

Have you ever wondered why people leave their sprinklers on when it rains? It's probably because they don't have a smart irrigation system they can monitor from anywhere. Having a system you can remotely monitor is smart; but using a recipe via IFTTT that takes out the extra step of monitoring the sprinklers yourself is pure genius.

If garage door opens or closes, Then send a text message.

This one serves two purposes: First, you will know each time your garage door opens and closes to ensure no one is coming or going that shouldn't be. And second, it takes the guesswork out of remembering whether or not you forgot to close the garage door in the first place.

If it's 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, Then adjust the thermostat to 70 degrees.

Or whatever days and times and temperatures you decide. Step into immediate comfort right after work when you set your thermostat schedule ahead of time. It's the next step up from a basic programmable thermostat, giving you comfort when you're home and savings when you're not.

If thermostat is in Away mode, Then turn off all lights.

Another green-friendly, money -saving recipe: Once you stop heating and cooling areas you aren't using, you also won't have to worry about lighting those areas.

If [insert favorite sports team here] scores, Then play [insert song choice here].

Whether you are watching the game live, or simply need a way to keep tabs on the score while other activities beg for your attention, you can play the victory song of your choice to celebrate. Combine that with a special lighting recipe for a truly unique effect.

Which recipes are you using to make your smart home even smarter?

Ben Shepardson is a Realty Biz News Contributing Writer and has a long track record of success in online marketing and web development. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, he worked doing enterprise-level SEO and started an online business offering web development services to small business customers.
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