Are you the type of person who always wants the latest gadgets, or are you the late adopter among your friends and family, resisting the newest smartphone upgrade or social media sensation for as long as possible? Wherever you fall on this continuum, it’s hard to deny that there are plenty of ways that technology can make your life easier and more luxurious. Below are some home features that even technophobes might want to consider the next time they are thinking about an upgrade to their living space.
Installing a Home Elevator
When you think home elevator, you might be imagining something that could only fit in a mansion, but in fact, an elevator can be installed in many different types of homes. Having Canadian residential elevators can increase a home’s value, and they can be convenient in a number of different ways. If you or someone living in your home is older or has a disability, an elevator can mean living a much more independent life.
For some people, it can mean the difference between remaining in a beloved home and having to move. An elevator can also be convenient, particularly if you need to move heavy items between floors. Even if you are not permanently disabled, many people suffer a temporary disability at some point in their life, and dealing with a broken leg or a similar injury is much less difficult when you don’t have to navigate stairs.
If you’re one who considers house cleaning an exercise in unrewarding, unremitting, drudgery, you might want to look at ways that technology can relieve you of that burden. Robot vacuums are probably the housework tech that most people are familiar with, and they can be especially useful if you have shedding pets, which tends to exponentially increase the amount of vacuuming that needs to be done. However, there are plenty of other devices that can keep the place looking tidy with very little effort on your part. Robot mops can clean your kitchen and bathroom floors while another type of automatic device can keep your windows sparkling. You can even get a litter box that will release you from daily scooping duties although your cat will have the last word on whether this becomes a permanent fixture of your home.
Smart Home Gadgets
Many people are smart home skeptics, whether they are worried about data privacy and hacking dangers or can’t see any reason to connect their coffee maker to the internet. However, there are many ways that smart home technology can make your home safer, more energy efficient and just generally more pleasant. You can have a smart security system installed that offers various levels of surveillance and gives you the option of controlling things remotely.
Many of these systems offer customization. For example, you could set some systems to automatically unlock all doors in the home if it detects smoke. Doorbell cameras can give you a look at anyone who stops by, and advanced models can identify faces based on the information you have given it about frequent visitors. You would then be alerted if an unknown person was on your property. There is still work to be done to make these more accurate, but they are improving all the time.
Another great use of smart technology is in managing things such as the temperature in your home. Heat or air conditioning can automatically adjust depending on which rooms are being used or based on your schedule. You can also manage them remotely. A smart sprinkler system on your lawn can save water by determining whether it needs to be watered and how much.