Wednesday, December 7, 2022 / by Abigail Smith
Technology is constantly changing and improving, sometimes seemingly overnight. It’s not only businesses and various industry leaders taking advantage of technology, homeowners are incorporating it into their lives. Whether you are upgrading old devices and systems or just getting started, here’s some tech you may want in your home.
Even if your front door has a peephole, you may want to install an outdoor security system. Unlike older systems, today’s technology is a breeze to install. Most are simple DIY projects that only take a few minutes.
Cameras on doorbells allow you to see who’s at your door. Some home security systems also connect to an app. You can still keep an eye on the front door while you’re away from home.
Solar lights along walkways illuminate the area. Since the lights are solar-powered, you don’t need an electrician to connect the devices to the home’s power source.
Smart TVs have been around for several years but imagine the convenience of being able to connect all of your entertainment devices. Using simple voice commands, you can control everything from your television to the laser projector and sound system. Turn the devices on and off, change the channel, and control the volume without searching for a missing remote.
While you are adding a smart speaker to your entertainment setup, you may also want to update the lighting. Even lightbulbs are going high-tech.
Energy Efficient Upgrades
Smart lightbulbs work seamlessly with most home systems. The lightbulbs come with a variety of controls that can dim the lighting and change its color. Using either your smart speaker or a connected app, you can control your lights from the comfort of your couch. Best of all, a smart lighting system pays for itself. The lighting fixtures are energy-efficient and save you money on monthly utility bills.
Your thermostat probably needs an upgrade. Smart thermostats can automatically adjust the temperature setting based on your preferences. Like many other tech gadgets, some smart thermostats connect to an app, so you can control the home’s temperature from any place with wi-fi.
Don’t forget about your wall plugs. Did you know smart plugs are relatively inexpensive and help you reduce energy usage? Almost any device from lamps to Christmas tree lights is compatible with smart plugs. Some are voice-activated, while others work with a connected app.
Tech Upgrades for the Kitchen
There’s a dizzying array of smart tech for the kitchen. Smart appliances are expensive, but they are also energy efficient. Smart refrigerators connect to apps that allow you to see what’s on the shelves when you are grocery shopping. You can also invest in smart ovens, toasters, and microwaves.
Smart coffee makers ensure your cup of caffeine is ready in the morning. You can also invest in a smart countertop display. It’s the ideal tech for anyone who loves cooking. The display can pull up recipes and even convert measurements.
Make Cleaning a Little Easier
Robot vacuums take care of the little messes, even when you’re away from home. Program the vacuum and let it do its job. Robot vacuums are great for pet owners. The small machine automatically sweeps up pet hair, dander, and bits of pet food.
Some models only sweep, while others will also wash the floor. The best robot vacuum is one that works with your type of flooring.
You can turn your house into a smart home sometimes in a single day. The tech makes life a little easier and some devices have a price to fit most budgets. If you are considering installing tech to increase your property’s resale value, talk to a realtor for tips and advice.