Incorporating modern technology into your residence essentially transforms it into a smart home that makes it more easily functional, safer, and energy-efficient for you and your family. That said, some tech to make sure you include in your home include:
A smart thermostat works with your HVAC system to help make it easier to control its temperatures using its touchscreen display, or you can download the app and adjust them via your smartphone even when you are away from home.
It can also use its intelligence to learn when someone is home or when only certain rooms are occupied and then adjust temperatures accordingly to help conserve energy.
Some reports show that installing a smart thermostat can save homeowners, on average, over 20 percent a year.
Smart bulbs have Wi-Fi capability. Hence, they can be controlled wirelessly using your smartphone. This way, you can adjust your indoor and outdoor lights as needed when you are away from home for increased energy savings.
Or you can set a timer or schedule for them individually or as a group, provided they are linked to a hub. Some also work with Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa.
Smart bulbs have a lifespan of 20 years, depending on their use, so they also help you save on light bulb costs.
A smart smoke detector with a carbon monoxide detector alerts you if it detects smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide in your home, whether you are home or away via your smartphone.
Some models also include a camera to see exactly where the smoke or fire is coming from.
A dog camera allows you to see and communicate with your dog via your smartphone while you are away.
Some models are also a treat dispenser, so you can reward your pet when they obey your commands.
A wireless charger stand allows you to charge your phone without the nuisance of messy cords in the way.
They are also compatible with most smartphones; however, you need to check the specifications for each device to ensure it is compatible with your particular model.
A Wi-Fi printer connects to your router, which enables you to print from your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other computing device that is also connected to the network.
There are also no cables, so they are easy to set up and can be placed just about anywhere in your office for more convenience.
A robotic vacuum is equipped with a suction fan and/or a spinning brush and obstacle detection sensors that enable it to automatically navigate itself throughout your home removing dirt, dust, pet hair, etc., from the floors. It also returns to the dock when it is done.
It can also be programmed to clean your floors at specific times or to just clean certain areas via your smartphone.
Remote control shades allow you to control your shades anywhere in your home using the remote, which is the perfect solution if you have high windows that are hard to reach.
Or, if you have lots of windows in your home, it makes it easier to raise or lower them all at once to help save time.
Some shades are also insulated to prevent drafts and air leaks for increased energy savings.
A wireless speaker system allows you to stream music in any room of your home for dance parties with your family or to unwind to your favorite tunes while cooking, showering bathing, and more.
They are also easy to install by downloading the free app and connecting to your Wi-Fi. Some models also work with Alexa for easier use.
A smart door lock allows you to open your door remotely and speak with visitors while you are away.
This way, you can unlock your door when no one is home to let in professionals providing your home services or to receive your packages and more and then lock it back once they leave.
These are just a few ideas on must-have tech items to add to your home to make it smart. However, you should first consider your family’s needs, which will help you determine the best devices for your needs.
Many smart devices can also easily be installed in your home on your own. But for ones that require hardwiring or construction, it is best to contact a professional HVAC technician, electrician, or contractor to ensure it is installed safely and according to local codes.
Written by Taylor McKnight, Author for Corporate Communications Center