Home technology used to be a luxury that only a few people could afford. Gadgets weren’t as advanced and had limited function, but they were the first step toward digitalization.
Today, technology has become so accessible that life without it is unimaginable. Every day, we use our mobile phones, laptops, desktops, and other gadgets. The same applies in our homes. Ovens, freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioners have become integral parts of our home lives.
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If there’s anything that information and technology courses and studies emphasize, it’s that we develop technology that suits our needs and eventually upgrade them to accommodate our evolving needs.
Upping your technology at home can be an informative and fun experience. Before you know it, you’re living your life like “The Jetsons.” However, creating a smart home goes beyond improving the entertainment and function of your home; it’s also about saving money and time (and improving your home’s value while you’re at it).
Fortunately, many tech products are easy to install on your own, but there are tech products that require the assistance of a professional. Either way, technology can improve your home for the better.
If you still need convincing, consider the following perks.
Use Your Voice to Google Anything at Anytime (With Just Your Voice)
Popular systems like Alexa and Amazon Echo introduced a different kind of convenience we never knew we needed. Want to play your favorite song over your home’s speakers? These systems can be voice-activated to play your music. Want to find out if you should expect rain today? Just ask loudly and you’ll surely get a response.
You can even Google businesses, addresses, and random facts that escape your memory just by asking Alexa or Amazon Echo to do the googling for you.
Save More Money on Your Utility Bills
Smart thermostats and smart lighting can reduce your electric bills, but there are many ways to save more money. For example, if you invest in solar panels, you can save more than $1,000 on utilities annually. While there are significant costs associated with the installation of solar panels (around $10,000), you can reduce out-of-pocket expenses with tax credits.
Whether you want to reduce your home’s carbon footprint or wish to save more money on your electric bills, solar panels are a great alternative to conventional electricity.
Adjust the Temperature from Anywhere In Your Home
Too busy watching Friends Christmas episodes or feeling too lazy to get up and turn down the heat? This shouldn’t be a problem when you have a smart thermostat. Just like smart lighting, smart thermostats can be controlled manually, but you can also access them from your phone or tablet. Some products can even sense your presence and will automatically adjust the temperature.
Never Leave the Lights on Again
Forgetting to turn off the lights for a night might not seem like a big deal, but if you always do it, you’ll be burning through bulbs and paying an expensive electric bill. With smart lighting, you can use an app to dim your lights – whether you’re in another room or another city.
So if you forget to turn off your porch lights as you leave for a week, you won’t be worrying about your electricity bill while you’re on vacation. All it takes is a few taps on your phone to turn off your lights. You can also set a timer for your lights, ensuring they will always turn off or dim art at bedtime.
Other Important Reasons to Improve Your Home’s Technology
If the perks mentioned above aren’t still convincing, consider the following:
Technology improves our home lives. So, make life at home easier and more convenient with the help of today’s advancements.