How to Upgrade Your Home Technology for the Modern Era

Thursday, May 26, 2016

How to Upgrade Your Home Technology for the Modern Era


When choosing technological gadgets for your home technology the choices and functionality are vast. A contemporary, fully integrated, high tech home can make you the envy of your neighborhood, and may actually save you money.

There are more options for home technology and automation that ever before. You want the ability to monitor your home from another country? You can get that. Do you want to be able to control your thermostat from your bed? No problem, you can do that. If you want to control your home's surround sound from your phone without getting up from bed, that is possible too. You can get elaborate systems or you can get simple components that you can buy at a big box store. Consider the following options for upgrading your home's technology.

Bluetooth Sound System

Wireless entertainment systems and Bluetooth sound systems have become hugely popular in recent years and are essential for any household that wants up-to-date technology. These are not just user-friendly, they are installer-friendly as well. When you install a Bluetooth sound system, you will be able to control your speakers from multiple devices like your smartphone or tablet. Even better, Bluetooth speakers are portable and you can take them with you inside the house as well as outside it.

Bluetooth Sound System

Learning Thermostat

Using a learning thermostat can help to make your home more sustainable and environmentally friendly. This type of thermostat is controlled via Wi-Fi so that you are able to manage your home's heating and cooling remotely. You can set a personalized schedule so that your thermostat will also recognize your preferences and adjust itself to your schedule. In addition to the thermostat, there are other compatible products like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as cameras so that you can have a sense of security even when you are away.

Robot Vacuum

These are state-of-the-art machines that can clean your home and that have been available for a while. Despite the fact that this is established technology, developers are constantly innovating. These days, you can buy a robotic vacuum that will mop as well as suck up dust. In addition, you can also control them remotely via smartphone.

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Smart Lighting

The term "smart lighting" refers to lighting technology that is designed for energy efficiency and for adjustability. With a smart lighting system, you can dim or adjust the color of your light from your phone or tablet. You can get smart lighting for your home on its own or as a part of a larger platform like Control4. This type of platform will allow you to control all aspects of your home ranging from your security system to your heating and air conditioning.

Smart Lock

The locks on your doors are arguably the most important components in your home's security. Smart locks are the latest evolution in lock technology and allow you to control entry to your home via a smartphone. You can get smart locks that replace your deadbolt or that go over them so that there is no need for a replacement. You can open and lock your doors without touching anything. With the right setup, you can even let someone into your home when you are away.

Electricity Monitor

Determining exactly how much energy your home uses is difficult; however, when you install an electricity use monitor you can find out home much it costs to run any of your home’s appliances and devices. You can get data for a specific period and this will help you to measure your use. You plug your device or appliance into the monitor, which then gets plugged into the outlet. It will assess the usage and tell you how much it costs to run that device per month. Use the monitor for a few weeks and you will have a much better understanding of what is happening with your home's energy usage and the steps that you can take to lower it.

Gadgets for your Home

When choosing home technology the key is to start with a budget and then determine your priorities. Note that a fully integrated, high tech home can cost you six figures and that you may need a professional technician to install some items.

By Lizzie WeakleyEmbed


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