Technology has been integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, helping to improve convenience and comfort for all to enjoy. Are you taking advantage of the smart home technology features that are available for your family? Whether you are building a new home or looking for ways to upgrade your current home, it is essential to evaluate the ways that you can use home technology.
Smart Home Technology: Stay Connected When You Are Away
Even if you are gone on vacation or spending the day at work, you can still maintain a connection to know what is going on at home. There’s no need to turn around after running out the door because you can’t remember if you closed the garage. Now, smartphone apps can be used to see real-time updates about your garage door, security system, climate control, and more.
At the same time, these technology features also give you the benefit of improving your daily lifestyle when you are in the house. For example, you can adjust the thermostat setting using an app, without the need to walk to another part of the house where the thermostat is installed on the wall.
Ideas for Smart Home Upgrades
What features should you install in your home? Here are some of the ways you can enjoy technology to upgrade your lifestyle:
- Climate Control: Use technology to program the air conditioner based on your typical schedule. For example, if you are gone throughout the day, then you might have the air conditioner kick on 30 minutes before you typically arrive home from work, so the house is cooled down and comfortable for the evening.
- Door Access: There’s no need to carry around a bulky set of house keys when you can unlock the door using technology. Your phone can be used to open the garage door or other doors in the house. You could give garage access to a neighbor remotely, then shut the garage after they are done.
- Connection: WiFi and digital entertainment can be programmed so that children can only access it at certain times of the day. Parents often prefer to shut down the WiFi connection after a certain time each night, preventing the kids from playing games all night when they should be sleeping.
- Appliances: You can connect appliances through internet access, or program these appliances to turn on at specific times. Schedule the coffee maker to kick on 15 minutes before you get out of bed. Or, use this digital access to turn the slow cooker on or off.
One of the greatest benefits of smart technology is that you can improve the energy efficiency of your home by reducing the electricity used for the lights and HVAC systems.
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