Smart home apps may be single-purpose, for example controlling smart light bulbs to automate and manage a home’s lightning system. In addition to lighting, home elements that smart home apps can automate and control include heating and air conditioning, entertainment systems, doors and windows, window coverings, security systems, water sprinkling and appliances. With the appropriate sensors, smart home apps can also monitor systems and environments and send an alert in the event of a problem.

Increasingly, smart home apps control and manage multiple systems within the house, connected through a home automation hub. Some people start with a hub and add connected devices incrementally. Smart home starter kits, available from the tuse store, include all the components necessary to connect and manage systems in the home: sensors, networking, the communications hub and the mobile app.