Not only does technology help us do our jobs, keep in touch with our friends and access information, but technology is now starting to be instrumental in our homes.
If you’re looking to take your home up a technological notch, try these new items:
Robot Vacuum Cleaner
These aren’t really that new, but if you’re still using a manual vacuum, these are a great way to save yourself some time. Prices start at about $100, but go up for models with more capabilities like cleaning all types of flooring, or self-emptying.
If your home doesn’t heat evenly, or if some rooms should be cooler than others, you may want to install a smart thermostat. Sensors installed in each room track individual temperatures and make sure that each room is being heated and cooled appropriately. Additionally, some thermostats have mobile app capabilities so that you can start heating up your house on a cold day before you even get home.
As an added bonus, installing a smart thermostat is not only tech-savvy, but frugal and eco-friendly as well.
Also known as a “nanny cam,” video monitors are a hot new trend in home security.
Whether you’re keeping an eye on your kids when they get home from school, the dog after you leave for work or the empty house while on vacation, a video monitor provides an easy way to have eyes on your home from anywhere. Most systems have mobile apps and online access making them easy and quick to use.
Say goodbye to a heavy keychain when you get smart locks for your doors and gates. You can use your smart phone to set your security system to lock and unlock at the touch of a button. You can also use them to check the status of your garage door and close it if you’ve left it open.
Bluetooth speakers aren’t new technology, but newer models like the Amazon Echo are voice-activated and can connect to other smart devices in your house. Use it to play music, check the weather or read your texts, among other things.
You may not think you need a smart faucet, but when you look at all the reasons to invest in one, the purchase starts to make sense.
Smart faucets are not only smart from a conservation and energy standpoint, but also from a health one. Many smart faucets have a tap-on capability that lets you tap any part of your body to turn a faucet on and off, letting your hands stay clean.
Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights
Ever wanted to try solar-powered lights? Here’s your chance.
Instead of installing panels on your roof, invest in a few outdoor lights that have panels in them. Use them to light your driveway, front walk or steps at night.
Motion Sensor Lighting
One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is to turn the lights off when you leave a room. However, not everyone does. Fix this by installing motion sensors in your home. It’s tech-savvy and energy efficient. Your guests will be impressed.
Maybe you like a firm mattress but your partner likes something closer to a pillow-top. What do you do? Invest in a smart bed for your smart home.
Brands like Sleep Number offer not only an adjustable firmness on either side of the mattress, but also an adjustable sleeping position. One of you can have the head lifted a little while the other lifts both the head and feet: It’s the best of all worlds, and provides great health benifits.
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With all these advancements in technology, some pretty cool things are being developed. Give them a shot and bring your home into this century.