Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.
Technology in the Home
More and more homeowners are looking for ways to not just maximize their space but one that is also efficient which is why smart home technology has become popular over the last few years. We love the ease and peace of mind it gives as we turn off a light with voice command or secure our doors via our phone. There are multiple products available with some integrating with current ones to make the transition easier. Manufacturers are also realizing the increase in demand for smart home technology which is why they have worked hard to design new and innovative ways to give their customers the best of the best in every area. If you want to know what the newest and most popular smart home products are that can make your life easier and better, read on.
Smart home office
Working from home has become the norm for many of us making it necessary to have a dedicated office space to work from undisturbed. There are new smart home products that can help you focus better while still balancing home life. Having your main devices connected wirelessly such as printer and computer will save you space and keep your desk free from any unnecessary cords that always make it look messy. Since we spend a lot of time looking at a screen during the day, lighting is important and with smart lighting that can be adjusted during the day to accommodate your needs it has never been easier to reduce eye strain. Smart plugs provide additional benefits as they can transform a regular appliance or item into a smart one simply by plugging it in. They can then be controlled with your phone or other devices. Coffee breaks are a staple in the office whether at home or downtown so having a coffee maker that can be preprogrammed to be ready for your afternoon cup is a dream come true. Adding a few smart upgrades to your home office can quickly and easily make it a comfortable yet efficient place to get your work done.
Smart home kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, the place we gather together to not just eat but connect with each other at the end of the day. Opting to upgrade your space with a few smart home products can be a great way to gain some extra time with the family and keep your kitchen cleaner plus efficient? Has this ever happened to you? You are in the middle of dinner prep with hands that are covered in food and suddenly need to turn on the faucet but don’t want to get it dirty? Did you know that there are faucets activated by voice? That’s right, touchless faucets are now available and are a great asset to the home especially for the little ones who want to wash their hands but can’t turn it on or off. It is also a great way to make sure that grease, grim, and germs are less likely to be spread around. Newer appliances now have the option to connect with your smartphone so you can easily preheat the oven on your way home which is a win win for everyone. The kitchen is one of the busiest places in the home and smart home technology can help you get more done with less effort. Talk to a designer on ways you can incorporate tech that will give you the best for your kitchen space.
Smart home living room
The living room is where we go to relax, to spend time with our guests, or host Friday night football with neighbors and friends so having a few smart home products can make life a little easier for everyone. Some that are worth mentioning include lighting, TV’s, vacuums and even ceiling fans. Like most areas in the home, lighting is a key player to the overall function of the space but the living room has a few activities where dimming the light is needed such as watching TV or enjoying a restful evening but who enjoys getting up off the couch to turn them down? No one but with smart lighting you can use your voice or even your phone to dim the lights. Dirt is another aspect of the living room that can be bothersome to keep up with unless you happen to have a handy automatic vacuum. These robotic helpers are on duty 24/7 and never tire of cleaning, in fact, they can do it all day long. Plus with technologies continuing to make improvements it is safe to say that you won’t have to worry about surprise visitors ever again. Because the living room is where we like to gather with family and friends the temperature can quickly rise making it necessary to turn up the AC unless you have installed ceiling fans. Did you know that smart ceiling fans are now available including one that is compatible with Alexa? Be sure to check it out and read about the amazing benefits it can bring to your next gathering along with a host of other great smart home products in this informative article from Smart Home Starter.
Why have smart home technology?
Some may wonder if it really is worth the upgrade to smart home products, of course the decision is up to you but a few of the benefits include:
Have you ever left home and wondered if you locked the back door or turned on the security system? Smart home technology can be synced to your phone and allow you to quickly check to make sure. Are you worried about leaving your sweet pet home alone? There are products available to let you speak to them throughout the day to let them know they’re okay. Saving money is another great plus to incorporating smart home technology because certain things like the AC and watering the lawn can be preprogrammed to turn on at the right time for the correct amount of time. No more worries about running an AC during the day when no one is there or having the lights on in rooms no one is using. If you have questions about whether or not you could benefit from installing some of these products in your home, be sure to reach out to your local hardware store or even trusted friends who may already have them to see what they think.
Technology in the home
Home is a special place, it is our refuge and recharging station. Smart home technology can make it easier to have and do both so take some time to look around at what is available and see what products would benefit everyone in your home. You don’t have to do it all at once, maybe just one product at a time and see where that takes you.
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