Imagine managing the entire contents of your home, like adjusting the lights in various rooms, from a dinner party two hours away. Imagine not even needing to do anything to your home, as the gadgets adjust themselves while you’re sitting in a Tuscan villa in Italy.
Welcome to the smart home of the present… and future. Smart gadgets have helped to change and better optimize the way homeowners perform tasks in the home. Technology has transformed every sector of the home life, from basic kitchen chores to how a home is constructed. Technology is even helping reduce carbon emissions in homes by sometimes as much as 10 percent. So, what are some hot tech gadgets that home shoppers should consider when purchasing a new home? Let’s take a look.
Video Doorbells for home security – As safety is a priority for new homeowners, and especially those with young children, video doorbells have become increasingly popular. The Skybell 1080p Wi-Fi video doorbell by Honeywell is a great example of the advancements in doorbell technology. The Skybell has some basic features of doorbell technology, like Wi-Fi enablement and smartphone interaction. However, functions like Color Night Vision, a two-way microphone so you can speak to the person at the door, and a 180 degree field of view to help you see what’s going on around the outer perimeter of your home.
New smart fridges are enabling home shoppers to control food temperatures and humidity levels for their cuisine through apps. One interesting aspect to a few of the new 2018 models is the ability to create custom shopping lists from the food that is already in your refrigerator thanks. The Samsung Family Hub refrigerator allows users to do just that through the Groceries by Mastercard app. In addition, families can leave notes for each other on the 21.5 inch screen.
Home Automation Systems
You may have a Google Home, a smart fridge, a smart doorbell, and a smart light, but how can you get them to work together? Here’s a better question- how can you save the most time and consolidate the most resources in your home? Home automation systems are continuing to grow in importance as we look to manage our busy schedules. An effective home automation system allows a home to be more hospitable to all guests (dimming light glare for guests with sensitive eyes, among one issue) with minimal effort. Luckily smart home systems are relatively inexpensive; the Amazon Echo Dot is $49. The home automation system is easy to set up, and gives a homeowner the ability to connect multiple devices through the Alexa app.
There has never been a better time for homeowners to go solar. In some areas, homeowners who add solar panels to their homes can save $200 a month! In Hawaii, residents save $64,000 over 20 years! If you don’t live on the island, you can still add $20,000 to your home equity value, and there are plenty of federal tax credits to ease the expense of adding solar panels to your home. Solar also provides backup power for homeowners in case of a power outage, lower utility bills, and many solar manufacturers have 20-plus year warranties on their products!
This is just the beginning of the home tech boom. Soon, homeowners will see everything from smart bathrooms, to even smart lawn mowing. There won’t be a need for a homeowner to wake up early and labor over perfectly trimmed grass again!
Adam Rosenfield is a writer living in Austin, Texas. He enjoys playing and watching all sports, especially matchups involving his Dallas sports teams.