Let’s face it, technology is seriously cool. While the changes in our culture may have once seemed sudden and problematic, it’s now widely believed that tech increases quality of life in significant ways. At Modernize, we love to explore home technology and research what’s in the forecast for upgrades. Here are some of our favorite current and future gadgets that will make your home smarter than ever before.
Set Your Home to Smart
At one point in time, if you left your lights on or your heater running at full blast, you’d have to rush home to fix the problem. But not anymore. Smart thermostats allow you to set your home’s temperature to an energy-efficient level and automate a temperature change for when you are away. Kick up your thermostat a few degrees to save energy while you’re on vacation, then program it back to your comfortable level on your way back.
And leaving the lights on? You can turn those off, too, right from your phone. In fact, tech pairs with apps to allow you to view a live feed from a security camera, receive an alert when a door or window is open, and check the status of your appliances.
There’s no more guessing game when it comes to the security of your home or waste of resources. You have more control than ever before, and peace of mind is something you can’t buy.
Make a Better Footprint
It’s more important now than ever to reduce our carbon footprints and protect the environment. Naturally, smarthome technology is leaning toward greener and more eco-safe practices. New technology like the eMonitor of the Total Home Energy Management program by Powerhouse Dynamics allows you to get inside the mind of your home. How much energy are you using? When does it spike? These questions will no longer be mysteries.
This monitor allows you to analyze your overall energy consumption and make changes to help the environment. And to further save resources, the program also alerts you when your appliances need repairs, so you save money on unexpected replacements. If your appliance becomes energy inefficient, it will let you know that, too. This program is more than an app or a monitoring service; it’s a way to live smarter for yourself, your family, and your environment. And this is only the beginning!
Physical Fuses with Digital
The smarthome devices of the present make it easier to monitor your home and control your environment, but an article by Wired hints at a more intuitive future. Research points toward the evolution of IoT and wearable devices that recognize your physical stats, like fingerprints, body temperature, and heartbeat.
In itself, that doesn’t seem like much of an advancement, but what if you could walk into a room of your home, and it would respond to you by setting the lights, A/C and even music just the way you want it?
These wearable devices would work in connection with your home to learn your preferences and give you the most comfortable living experience you’ve ever known. Companies are pouring millions into research, so who knows just when we will see this tech on the market?
While technology has certainly improved our society, it has a fair share of drawbacks as well. People often ignore each other for distractions on tablets or smartphones. But these wearable devices solve that problem, with a sleek, distraction-free design.
The tech industry has grasped the need for balance between convenience and social relationships, and advancements are only striving to make tech even better for us all.
Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an editor and writer for Modernize.com with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.