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The ABC’s of Making Your Home a Smart Home

Smart home technology is the next big advancement in the world of tech. Turning your current home into a smart home should be simple. That's why we've put together a simple list of what makes a home "smart."
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Written by: Vivint Smart Home Team

Update your home and gain control where you want it.

Turning your home into a smart home comes with all kinds of benefits. From the peace of mind you enjoy knowing your family is safe to the relaxation automatic climate control provides.

Sure adding bits and pieces of DIY systems can make your home a little bit better, but the true value of a smart home comes from having a complete system.

See why having a complete smart home system offers more than DIY solutions.



Here’s the ABC’s of turning any home into a real smart home.

A is for Amazon Echo


According to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, voice automation is the next big frontier in tech. Amazon Echo makes voice control integration in your smart home simple and effective. Just ask Alexa.

B is for burglary detection


When people hear the term ‘smart home,’ they immediately think about cool gadgets that will keep your home comfortable. A quality security system is vital to any smart home system. You’ve worked hard to buy your home, keep it safe with the latest burglary detection technology.

Want to know what burglars are thinking? Click to check out 4 points real burglars say they consider when targeting a home.



C is for control


A truly smart home works for you and automates tasks, but nothing is better than having complete control when you want it. Through the Vivint Smart Home™ app, you can stay in control of your home from anywhere in the world.

D is for doorbell camera


A doorbell camera gives you the chance to answer your door whether you’re home or not. The Vivint Doorbell Camera™ automatically detects when a visitor is at your door, and gives you two-way talk capability straight through your smartphone.

E is for Element Thermostat


The Vivint Element™ Thermostat adjusts your home’s temperature so you don’t have to. Using the sensors in your smart home, it learns your daily routine and adjusts to match your personal preferences.

F is for flexibility


Your smart home should add value to your life. Utilizing a complete smart home system allows you to enjoy more flexibility knowing you don’t have to be home to lock up or turn off your lights. When it comes to smart homes, more connectivity equals more flexibility.

G is for garage door control


For years, the standard for garage door control was a plastic controller with a couple of buttons. With smart home technology, you are able to ditch the old-school controller and open or close your garage from anywhere using your smartphone.

H is for high-volume storage


We live in a world that feels completely connected. Smartphones are common, and we all have a lot of data we need to save. With the Vivint Smart Drive™, you get one terabyte of digital storage, that’s over 300,000 photos, all automatically backed up in the cloud. Your stored data is easily retrievable when you need it, making high-volume storage an important part of any smart home system.

I is for interconnectivity


Making a home a smart home requires more than a bunch of fancy gadgets. You need to connect all those great parts to provide your family with seamless comfort. Your home’s ability to detect your presence and anticipate your needs is what makes it a smart home.

J is for just a call away


Learning how to use new technology can be challenging. Having experts on-hand to help you is indispensable when it comes to owning a smart home. Vivint Smart Home ensures help is never more than a phone call away by having trained smart home experts available 24/7.

K is for keeping an eye on your home


Smart home tech is not only useful while you’re home; it provides a window where you need it while you’re away. With a complete Smart Home Service package from Vivint Smart Home, you’ll have direct access to footage from every security camera in your home via your smartphone.

L is for lightning fast response


No smart home is complete without a security system. In addition, that security system is only effective if it can quickly contact emergency crews in the case of a break-in. Vivint Smart Home offers 24/7 monitoring to help you rest easy. If an alarm is triggered, one of our Smart Home Specialists will attempt to contact you through your home’s SkyPanel™. If they cannot quickly reach you through your panel, they will immediately contact your local authorities.

M is for medical alert pendant


Smart home tech is not only a great way to keep your family comfortable; it helps keep elderly family members safe. Vivint Smart Home systems can include a medical pendant, an easy-to-use wearable that alerts our monitoring team in case of emergency.

N is for Nest


There are few things better than the comfort of finding the perfect temperature in your home. Whether you’re lounging around or working from your home office, the Nest Learning Thermostat™ tracks your habits and anticipates your needs to keep you comfortable throughout the day.

O is for outdoor cameras


Any proper home security system is incomplete without outdoor cameras. According to a recent study published by the University of North Carolina Charlotte, the presence of cameras deters about 60% of burglars. They also give you a much-needed window into what is happening around your home while you’re away.

See what home security flaws this study brought to light and learn how to protect your home from burglars.



P is for Ping Camera


Outdoor cameras are great for security. Indoor cameras, like the Vivint Ping™ Camera, provide important utility, especially for parents. The Ping Camera delivers the powerful combination of true two-way communication and a wide image. Better yet, both features connect directly to the Vivint Smart Home app.

Q is for quality detection systems


When people think of securing their home, alarms and cameras typically come to mind. Some of the most important parts of your security system are always watching over your home’s safety. Tools like flood sensors, smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors all are important parts of any smart home system.

R is for ready for use


If the whole point of having a smart home is decreasing stress, your system should be ready to use when you need it. Vivint Smart Home professionally installs each custom system in our customer’s homes to ensure their new smart home is ready to go right from the beginning.

S is for smart locks


Smart locks give you the ability to lock and unlock your doors from the next room, or even the next state. Using the Vivint Smart Home app, you can answer your door and let visitors in from anywhere in the world. If your door is unlocked, you’ll receive a notification through your smartphone.

T is for touchscreen panels


As the center of your entire smart home system, your panel should be easy to navigate and use. The Vivint SkyPanel features a 7” touchscreen to give you a simple, intuitive smart home experience.

U is for utility bill savings


Nest recently published a whitepaper interpreting the combined findings of three nationwide studies on just how much owners of their smart thermostats save. Turns out those who upgraded to a smart thermostat save an average of $131 - $145 on their utility bills per year over those with traditional thermostats.

V is for Vivint Smart Home app


The Vivint Smart Home app takes all the functionality of your smart home and puts it in the palm of your hand. With a few swipes of the finger, you can lock your doors, close your garage, arm your security system, and watch the feed from any of your security cameras. Best of all, this top-rated smart home app is available free to all customers.

W is for watchable video


A Vivint Smart Home system provides a wide variety of indoor and outdoor recording possibilities. Each camera automatically transfers its footage to your Vivint Smart Drive. You can view the stored video at anytime from anywhere through your Vivint Smart Home app.

X is for expert installation


DIY installation can be fun for some things, but when it comes to home security, you really want an expert. Our Smart Home Pros™ provide in-home consultations to help you design a custom system for your home. They also take care of all the installation, eliminating the potential security gaps DIY can create.

Y is for your happy family


Whether you’re looking after an elderly relative or trying to corral rambunctious little ones, smart home tech provides solutions your whole family will love. From medical pendants to voice controls, your entire system will promote your family’s independence and make your house a home.

Z is for Zen in your home


The peace of mind that comes from knowing you have control when you want it and security when you need it is hard to beat. Kick back, relax, and let your smart home automatically keep your family comfortable, no matter where you are in the world.

See how you can upgrade your home into a smart home. Call the experts at Vivint Smart Home today.
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