Technology is becoming engrained in every aspect of our daily lives. Within homes, they can provide added functionality and convenience. When completing other renovations, it’s a great time to also incorporate technology. Here’s how you can accomplish tech savvy home renovations.
Smart Home Accessories
Smart home accessories allow you to control your home via a smart phone, computer, etc. These accessories can either be hardwired or connected to your home’s network via WiFi. Here are some examples of popular home gadgets:
- Light Bulbs and Light Switches
- Door Locks
- Window Treatments
- Security Cameras
- Sprinkler Systems
How do these increase convenience and/or utility? Imagine going on vacation and being able to program when your lights go on and off while your’e away. By creating a unique schedule, it’s less obvious that you are not home. Electronic door locks will notify you when someone enters or leaves your home,… or allows you to unlock your door remotely for a visitor without giving out a code or key. Modern sprinkler systems can be programmed to follow weather forecasts, to prevent over or under-watering. WiFi thermostats allow you to schedule when you are away, home, or sleeping and the optimal temperature for each activity, increasing efficiency and reducing heating expenses. These are just a few examples of how these smart home accessories can improve your living.
If you’re updating any appliances, consider tech-enhanced versions of those as well. From refrigerators to washing machines, more and more appliances come with smart features. For instance, if you forgot to check your fridge before heading to the supermarket, a smart fridge can send you a snapshot of what’s inside. Washing machines can be started remotely and/or set to run at a specific time of day/night to conserve on energy.
Why Renovations Are the Perfect Time to Make Your Home Smarter
When you’re renovating your home, you’re likely to purchase different appliances and accessories. Therefore, it’s a great time to upgrade incorporate tech savvy home renovations. Additionally, for anything that may require hard-wiring, installation is easier during a renovation. Be sure to hire an experienced home renovation contractor to complete the work. This wills ave you valuable time and prevent common mistakes.