January 31, 2019
With advanced technology now available, people everywhere should be utilizing the new features to the fullest capacity. This includes making upgrades to your home that make everyday tasks more convenient, improve your family’s security and make everyone and everything function more efficiently. Follow these five tips when upgrading your home technology.
Add Video Surveillance to Your Door
Take your home security camera to the next level with a smart, wifi video doorbell. Now, you’ll be able to see who’s at the door and answer your door from anywhere. As this technology syncs to a smartphone app, you can see who’s at your front door whether you’re home or away. Most doorbell security cameras include motion detection with top models adding heat-sensing technology for improved accuracy of notifications.
Put Speakers Outside the Home
Music isn’t only meant to be enjoyed inside. Instead of listening to the low volume of music on your phone or dragging a portable speaker outside, you can install wireless outdoor speakers instead. These will give great sound quality and don’t need to be taken back in once you’re done for the day. Get a version that looks like rocks to blend in with your decor or choose some small yet powerful speakers to place strategically.
Install a Smart Thermostat
The temperature within your home can be set remotely if you install a smart thermostat. This allows you to set the device to a warmer temperature before you arrive home so it’s perfectly warm and toasty once you get there. Some even allow you to set a different temperature schedule for each day of the week. You may want it set to a warmer temperature when you wake up Saturday and Sunday morning compared to when you’re away from the house during the work week.
Buy a Smart Washer and Dryer Set
Technology can spruce up your home in a number of ways, including when it comes to laundry. A smart washer and dryer set saves on your water bill because it only uses the correct amount of water needed for the load. It offers sensors that can tell precisely how much clothing has been added. There are even settings for super speed loads that can be washed quicker than usual loads to get your laundry done quickly when you need something cleaned in a short amount of time. This is ideal for lightly soiled clothes or delicates that don’t need a long wash cycle.
Use Voice-Controlled Lightbulbs
Too many people leave lights on in their home when they move from room to room. This can cause a high electric bill. Some energy savings are possible by installing a voice-controlled lighting system instead. You can simply tell the system to turn off the lights and it will do so. Alexa from Amazon and Google Home are two possibilities for this technology, though there are many more options on the market that may be suitable for your home.
Some technology upgrades can be costly, but others are relatively inexpensive and help to streamline many everyday tasks. The key is creating a list of home upgrades and then evaluate which ones are a top priority.