Living at home should be the easiest thing in the world. After all, a person’s house is their castle. The reality is that lots of properties are hard work and add to the stress. Not only are high cortisol levels infuriating, but they are also potentially dangerous. So, to avoid any unnecessary annoying and deadly scenarios, it’s best to turn your dumb home into a smart house. How can you do that, you ask? Let’s face it – it isn’t like you can send it to school! The key is to invest in smart technology, and here are four essential pieces of tech to consider.
Winter is well and truly on the way and the temperature of your home is a big deal. No one wants to freeze to death in their own home, but nor do they want to splash out on high energy costs. The warm and toasty middle ground is to keep the temperature at a steady level all winter long. The best programmable thermostat on the market allows you to do this with ease. All you have to do is turn it on, connect it to the Wifi, and let it analyze its surroundings. Without touching it, a programmable ‘stat can increase and reduce the temperature as standard.
A smart light fixture won’t turn itself on and off like a Wifi thermostat, but it is controllable from a mobile device. With an app such as Hue, it is possible to log on and change the settings without being in the room. Why is this important, you ask? Well, maybe you left the house and forgot to turn on the lights. Or, you could have gone out and didn’t remember to turn on the porch light. Not only can an app save you money but it can keep the property safe, too.
Safety is a huge issue for homeowners because no one should feel scared of their property. Sadly, thieves and burglars do try and take what isn’t theirs, which is why a security system is essential. CCTV cameras are without a doubt the best option yet expensive. So, an alternative is needed. Nowadays, most alarm systems come with an app which alerts you to any activity on the property. Also, there is a feed live on the outside of the house. Nest Cam also adds extra security as it streams from inside of the building.
Are you sick and tired of cleaning? That’s fine – just let someone else do it. In fact, let something else do it because a Roomba is a small machine which vacuums as it goes. All you have to do is turn it on, adjust the settings to save power, and let it roam while you are at work. When you come home, the floors should be pretty spic and span as it picks up any debris. You’ll still need to scrub the toilet but there will be less housework.
And voila – as if by magic your home is now super intelligent. Just be careful it doesn’t get too smart!