Smart technology has quickly wound its way into every facet of our lives, adding convenience even where we didn’t think it was possible. From smart vehicles to smart glasses, there’s no denying that this tech is part of our modern world. And while the devices mentioned above aren’t quite mainstream yet, smart home devices are. According to TechCrunch, 26.2% of Americans own a smart speaker. Companies like LG, Whirlpool, Samsung, and Panasonic are jumping on the chance to incorporate smart technology in their household products, large and small. And we’re no exception.
ADT offers several smart home accessories as well as easy integration with Amazon Alexa. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a smart fridge, coffee maker, and dishwasher to run your kitchen efficiently. We have affordable options that easily connect your home and can help you stay in control.
With the holidays fast approaching and our stomachs rumbling for the roasted turkey, we’re here to help you find ways to prepare for guests and run your household more productively using smart technology from your kitchen. Below, we’ve lined up the top 5 ways you can use your smart kitchen to make cooking easier and safer.
Top 5 Uses for Smart Devices in Your Kitchen
#1: Setting Timers
Usually, by the time the first dish we’ve prepared is ready to go in the oven, our hands are already full with the next dish. Smart speakers are here to save the day! Simply ask Alexa to start a timer for however many minutes, and you’re off. You can even set multiple timers on one smart speaker- no more running around to set the microwave timer, oven timer, and phone timers for different dishes!
#2: Making Grocery Lists
We never want to be in a situation where one of the key ingredients is missing. Smart speakers make it easy to create a shopping list without having to stop what you’re doing. It’s as straightforward as telling Alexa that you’re out of milk, or asking her to add butter to your shopping list. Then, you can access your compiled list by asking her to repeat it to you at home or through the app. If it’s too late for a trip to the store and you need a substitute for eggs, ask Alexa. She’ll tell you that bananas work as a substitute! (Alexa, add bananas to my shopping list).
#3: Adjusting the Temperature
When your turkey is set to bake at 325° for 3 hours and you’re using all four burners for the side dishes, you may notice that you’re starting to sweat. Luckily in today’s day and age, you can use the ADT Control app to manage your smart thermostat. That could mean setting it in advance to kick on when your home is too hot or too cold, or just adjusting it from the kitchen, without having to leave that high-maintenance gravy on the stove sans supervision. If you’d rather not get mashed potatoes all over your phone’s screen, you can ask Alexa to adjust the temperature as well.
#4: Watching your Door (And the Rest of the House)
Whether you’re cooking for a full dinner party or just the kids, you’ll want to have an idea of what’s going on in the rest of the house. Rather than leaving the kitchen every 5 minutes to check that everything is still standing, you can monitor your video doorbell camera and HD indoor cameras from the palm of your hand on our ADT Control app. If anyone comes to the door, you’ll receive a notification and you can choose to let them in effortlessly (or if your hands are still full and you need to use your nose to push the button, maybe a little effort is needed). If your smart speaker is handy, you can even ask Alexa to unlock the front door.
#5: In Case of Emergency
Should it all go up in smoke, ADT's smoke and heat sensors can help. Round-the-clock monitored smoke and heat sensors can help detect the first signs of fire. Then, our monitoring centers can quickly alert your local fire department and send you a text or alert as soon as fire is detected in your home. If you aren’t home when a fire is detected, we’ll take every measure we can to ensure the first responders have the best chances of getting to the fire and putting it out quickly. You may not be able to save your dinner, but with our early detection and quick response, your family and house have a better chance of getting out unharmed.
Armed with smart home accessories, your holiday cooking endeavors can be a little less daunting. ADT customers enjoy all the added convenience and security of this modern technology, plus expert installation and 24/7 monitoring. To see what else we can do for your home, check out our home security systems page, learn more, and get the protection you need.