Not every smart outlet should be installed outdoors as they may not be weather resistant. If you want an outlet you can use outside, look for smart outdoor plugs that can withstand rain, moisture and extreme heat for safe use. Smart outlets include features similar to regular outlets and add the benefit of controlling when appliances are on and for how long.
Smart Plug FAQs
What is a smart outlet?
A smart outlet is a plug that is simply plugging into your existing wall outlet to control your home’s appliances using a smartphone or voice commands. Just plug your favorite home gadget into the smart outlet and control it without ever manually hitting the switch. Some smart outlets are wired into your home’s electricity to replace your standard outlet but often function the same way.
How much power do smart home outlets give?
Most smart outlets are designed to power small home appliances such as lamps or kitchen appliances. The watts used depends on the home device, and the smart outlet power can vary. For instance, the Wemo mini smart outlet can handle space heaters and air conditioners with ease. On the other hand, the ADT Smart Switch can hold 120-volts of power – enough to connect a standard refrigerator. Double check the watts or volts of the smart outlet to make sure it’s enough for your home devices.
How do I control home appliances using a smart outlet?
Once you’ve installed your smart outlet in your wall, you’ll control the rest using a few options. Some smart outlets pair with smart home automation products and voice assistants to turn off lights hands-free. Most smart outlets are controlled using a mobile app. You’ll be able to schedule the time your music comes on or even turn off your kid’s TV without touching the switch.