Disclaimer: I received the Hive Home in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
If your family is looking for a new way to make your home more functional this Christmas, I recommend checking out the Hive smart home system. We have been using our system for just over four months now and it has been a game changer. The Hive smart home system makes conserving energy simple and efficient.
How does the Hive smart home system work? It is pretty simple. There are different affordable Hive Home plans that you can choose for services starting from $9.99 per month. These plans give you access to the Hive Hub that works with your home’s broadband router to activate Hive products via WiFi. From there, the options are nearly endless.
Hive can connect to devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google assistant. It even works with the popular online program: IFTTT. Using our Amazon Alexa with Hive has been one of my favorite benefits of the Hive smart home system.
Hive Smart Home
As the winter months have been approaching the house can be much darker at times. Having Hive Active Light Cool to Warm White lights makes it simple to connect with Alexa to ask her to turn each on. I have each light named to easily request Alexa to turn on different lights located in the home. This is something that is great for the kids because they can ask Alexa to turn on a Hive Active light before entering a dark room. Hive keeps the boogie man away.
The Hive Active Thermostat has been an energy and money saver in our home. Since installing we have found that are heating bill is not as high as we expected and I believe our furnace has actually improved heat output. The back of the house used to get very cold but since installing the Hive Active Thermostat, the circulation has been even. I will also admit that it has been handy to have the Hive app right on my phone to turn the thermostat up or down in the late evenings when there is a winter chill. No longer do I have to get up out of bed to make the change. I just roll-over and use the Hive app.
More of What Hive Can Do
What is the Hive app? It is a great feature that helps run the Hive smart home system. Downloading the app opens up the ability to control the Hive from anywhere. You can turn on lights, change the thermostat temperature, or even turn on an active plug that might be hooked up to the radio. Who doesn’t like to come home to some good tunes?
I personally like that our Hive Window or Door Sensor lets me know via phone notification that a window is opened in our home. My kids love to open the windows and walk away in the middle of winter. This means losing a lot of energy to the outdoors and paying to heat the outside. My phone notifications let me know when a window is opened so that I can quickly shut it.
I am also looking forward to using our Hive Active Plug during the holidays to turn our tree lights off an on by simply telling Alexa to turn our plug off or using the Hive app. No more crawling under the tree to find the right plug. I can even set a schedule for when the tree turns off and on.
The beauty of the Hive products is that you can schedule times for things to activate and deactivate. The sensors can even be programmed to shut off appliances on your way out the door. No more forgetting to turn the coffee pot off. A simpler way to conserve energy and create conveniences.