Our homes have become a long way in recent years. It wasn’t so long ago that homes were pretty simple operations, with perhaps just a television and a radio. Now, of course, it’s all different. The rise of the internet and other technology has opened up a world of possibilities, and many websites have risen up to help act as a guide to building a smart home. Whereas we used to go outside for our entertainment, to socialize, to learn, now we can do all of that from the comfort of our own properties. But only if we have the right technology. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few useful tips that’ll give your home a nudge in the right technological direction.
Upgrade Your Sockets
The way we power our devices is changing. Those old, country-specific plugs are still important, of course, but there’s been a huge rise in other types of power charging methods. For example, the USB. This is used to charge a whole host of devices, most notably our smartphones, which are always running out of power before their time. There are plug sockets you can get now, which include USB ports below the main socket. They’re very handy when you want to charge your phone, but don’t want to unplug the television or other important piece of tech.
Internet of Things
Walking into a home that’s connected to the Internet of Things is like walking into the future. And no doubt, that is where the world is going. Though things will be more impressive in the future, there’s still some pretty gadgets out there right now that connect to the internet. For example, there are devices that allow you to turn your lights off and on without getting up; you can lock your front door from your device; and you can even switch your heating on when you’re out of the house, so that it’s nice and warm when you return back. Rather than adding bits of technology to your home, this approach is more like building technology into the framework of your house.
During the lockdown, some of us are finding out that our homes aren’t quite as exciting as they thought they were. But it’s never too late! There are plenty of ways to make your home more entertaining, most notably by incorporating the hardware that’ll allow you to enjoy many hours of movies and television in the evening. If you’ve only got an old television, then your setup won’t be as advanced as it could be. Smart televisions are so much better! You’ll be able to watch YouTube, Netflix, HBO, and other subscription services right through your television. If you’re still connecting your computer to your television using an HDMI cable, then you’ll be astounded at how much more straightforward it is.
Music in the Air
What would life be without music? It’s not worth thinking about. One of the best ways to bring some life into your property is to add systems that’ll allow you to play music throughout your home. There are plenty of good, small speakers that you can purchase. And if you get a smart home speaker, then you’ll be able to play music just by talking into the air — you’ll give a command like, “OK Google, play something funky” and then it’ll come on. It’s particularly recommended that you get this set up in your bathroom. Taking a shower is a whole new experience when you can play any song on Spotify just by giving the command.
Internet That Works For You
Of course, so far, we’ve been making suggestions that will undoubtedly aid your home life, but which all require the internet to work. If you have a poor or unreliable internet connection, then you won’t be able to enjoy all the benefits of modern home technology! So that’ll be the first thing that you’ll want to get into shape. There are plenty of companies that offer internet service, so take a look at what’s available in your local area and get the one that’s right for you. A bad internet connection doesn’t just stop you from enjoying all the good things that it can bring; it can be positively frustrating and make you want to rid your home of technology entirely.
In a few years, we’ll look back at the primitive way that people used to light their homes, and think, “what were they thinking?” Smart lighting is a game-changer when it comes to lighting our properties. By using an app, you can make your lighting exactly as you want it. And doesn’t that make sense? You’ll want different lighting when you’re eating dinner compared to when you were preparing it, for instance. Whereas it used to be that you’d need to have different lights to achieve a different look, so all the light can come from the same lightbulb.
Of course, you could have all the tech in the world, but if you’re not feeling comfortable inside your home, then you won’t be able to enjoy it to the full. There are ways to boost your home’s security with technology. For example, there are video doorbells that allow you to look, via your smartphone, at whoever is standing outside of your property. This is useful when you’re home, so you can check to see who it is before opening the door, but is especially recommended when you’re not at home. You’ll get an alert on your phone when someone’s there, allowing you to check the video and take any necessary action.
Technology can be fantastic, but it can also be expensive, both in terms of the devices themselves and the cost they produce in the form of electric bills. If your bills are too high, then take a look at adding a device that shows you exactly how much electricity you’re using. It’ll even show you how much your bill will be in real time.
Tired of always sweeping up your home? Then worry no more: technology is here to help. When home appliances first became a thing, the idea was that they would be so advanced that we’d save a lot of time. But that didn’t happen: we had to work harder to afford the appliances, and then had to use them (like the hoover). But the Roomba really is a game changing device. It’ll help to keep your home clean without you having to do anything!
When to Upgrade
It’s worth remembering that while you may have invested in technology a while ago, it’s sometimes not so long before things have progressed massively, and your current systems are out of date. It’s good practice to stay on top of all the latest home technology so that you’re aware of what’s available. As a general rule, it’s best to upgrade whenever your current system becomes problematic. If everything’s working well, then there’s no need to change anything — but if your tech is causing you stress and compromising your enjoyment of your home, then you’ll know that it’s time to upgrade!
Get your technology right, and you’ll find that it can elevate your home to the next level. You’ll be able to relax more easily, stay entertained, learn more, and save money. While it can seem like a big financial investment to bring your home up to speed, it is worth it, for your enjoyment’s sake, but also for your home’s value: homes are that feature the latest tech are always more attractive to potential buyers.