In a world run by constantly evolving technology, you may feel like your home is the last thing in line to get a technological update. With new phone models, fancy computer chips, and even self-driving cars, where do you even start with tech advances in your home?
Well, we’re here to give you some inspiration and share the low-down on what’s worth your time by way of smart technology for the home.
Smart Showers – yep, you heard that correctly. If you’re the type of person who needs your shower temperature to be just right, then this may be the perfect investment for you. Unlike traditional utilities, these tech commodities have a digital thermostat attached to the unit – allowing for precise control of temperature and water pressure. The best part? You can pre-program each commodity to save your favorite settings – meaning no more hassle with hot-cold water changes. To us, it doesn’t get much better than that. Moen even offers integration to Alexa, Siri, or Google assistant for a voice-activated experience that will make you feel like you just stepped into the world of the Jetsons.
Smart Door Locks – We’ve all been there, when we can’t find our keys or you urgently need to provide access to a friend or family member when you’re not home. Enter: smart locks. With keyless entry that can be monitored and controlled from your phone,(not to mention that comes with voice commands and push and email notifications) you have one less thing to worry about. For those who are fans of the Nest Thermostat, Yale partnered with Nest to create an easy-to-install and use door lock. But the most highly rated lock today may be August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. A word of caution: opt for a smart lock that also comes with a trusted old-school key option just in case the batteries run out or the wi-fi goes out at home.
Smart Fridges: Ah, yes – just what we always wanted – a fridge that snarkily asks us if we really do want to be looking for that midnight snack. Okay, maybe we do actually want that. Most smart fridges allow you to see what you have inside in real-time from anywhere, some even go so far as to list expiration dates on your food. You can even have your smart fridge read you recipes as you’re cooking! It’s essentially like having a best friend in the kitchen – who can do almost everything but pack your kids’ lunches.
Even if you aren’t the most tech-savvy of people – or if you’re weary of Alexa listening in to your conversations at home – there are still a number of incredibly useful advancements in home design that you can take advantage of. The goal of smart technology should always be to improve the way you live. If you have questions about incorporating smart design into your next project, give us a call today.