Smart Outlet Installation: Montgomery County, PA Electrician

Smart homes are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. From Alexa starting up your favorite song just by speaking out loud, to controlling your bedroom lights by smartphone device, smart homes are trending, and so is the market for smart devices. KB Electric LLC installs many different household things that connect with your smart home systems, one of those being smart outlets/receptacles. Let’s take a look at what is a smart outlet, what types are out there on the market, and why you should choose KB Electric LLC for a smart outlet installation for your home. 


What is a smart outlet?

A smart outlet, also known as a smart receptacle, is an outlet that is installed in place of your existing wall outlet that connects to your smart device and/or other smart home system. Smart outlets operate wirelessly, usually on your WiFi network, and they allow you to access whatever is plugged into them remotely from your smartphone, other smart device, smart home hub, Alexa, etc. 


How does a smart outlet work?

Plug anything into the in-wall smart outlet/receptacle to control it remotely from your smart device or smart home system/hub wirelessly. Smart outlets make home automation easy and allow you to control devices and appliances so you can better save on energy. The ability to switch lights, devices, and other appliances ON and OFF remotely allows you to save on energy by using scheduling features, timers, and other things like dimming capabilities. 


What things can I plug into my smart outlet?

Here is a list of some of the most common items for home automation to use with smart receptacles:

  • Lamps/light fixtures
  • Space heaters
  • Coffee makers and other kitchen appliances
  • Humidifier/Dehumidifier
  • Holiday lighting
  • TV and game consoles (child control)
  • Things left on standby mode that can be powered off when not in use (computers, printers, etc.)
  • Things plugged into hard-to-access outlets (behind couches, beds, cabinets, etc.) for better control
  • …the list goes on!


Types of Smart Outlets

There are many different types of in-wall smart receptacles on the market. Big name brands that you may be familiar with offer these like Leviton, Eaton, GE, Honeywell, and more. Most work with Alexa and Google Assistant via a WiFi connection. Some are particular to the specific hub they work with like Z-Wave. Some don’t require a hub at all, and you just use a WiFi connection with a free app. All are tamper resistant, and most, if not all, require a neutral wire for installation. 


Hire KB Electric LLC For Smart Outlet Installation

Trust the guys at KB Electric LLC for your smart outlet installation! We serve all of Montgomery County, PA and these surrounding counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia, PA. We are family owned and operated, are licensed and insured, and offer competitive, up-front pricing. Call us today! 267-467-3178