Bringing your home into the 21st century doesn’t have to involve a complete home remodel reminiscent of Iron Man’s mansion. The technology market is full of easy to use, relatively affordable products that can transform your home life. Here are five of the best user friendly home tech products around.
1. Bluetooth Speakers and Sound Systems
Wireless entertainment systems and bluetooth sound systems are all the rage in the tech savvy household. Relatively easy to install and even easier to use, these kinds of systems eliminate the need for multiple devices and can all be controlled by the touch of a button on your smartphone or tablet. Bluetooth speakers are also portable, so they can go with you wherever you are in (or out!) of the house.
2. Smart TV
If you’re looking to upgrade and simplify your visual media experience, consider investing in a Smart TV. Most new televisions come with this feature built in to the device itself, so the only thing you need for this high tech fix is a new TV set. With this piece of technology you can access the Internet, Netflix, emails and box office films using only your TV remote.
3. Nest Thermostat
Increase your home’s sustainability and lower your environmental footprint with sensor led, learning thermostats like Nest. Controlled remotely via WiFi, these kinds of programs recognize the temperatures you like in your home and can turn themselves on and off with a personalized schedule. Purchase a thermostat, Nest Cam, and Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector to control your home remotely and give yourself peace of mind when you’re away. The creators of Nest have also worked together with other brands such as Whirlpool to help regulate washing machines and dryers, so it really is a multi-functioning piece of technology.
By switching to LED lightbulbs throughout the house, you can cut down on your energy use and increase your home’s technology profile at the same time. LED bulbs are popular because they consume 20% less energy on average and last up to 40 times longer than regular bulbs. They can also be controlled by computers or phones, so you know exactly how much energy you’re using at any given time and can turn out the lights when you’re not in the house. It doesn’t get any more convenient.
These high tech cleaning machines have been around for a while now (we’ve all seen the Youtube video of the cat riding a Roomba), but developers are constantly looking for ways to improve upon existing technology. Now you can buy robotic vacuums that mop as well as vacuum and that can be controlled remotely via your smartphone so you never have to pick up a broom again.
Other high tech gadgets that will seriously improve your home life, but not necessarily your bank account, include: wireless washing machines and dryers, aromatherapy diffusers, self-cleaning surfaces, robotic personal assistants, and even refrigerators with built in, NASA inspired air purifiers to eliminate mold. Yes, they exist, for only $8000.