Some gadgets are destined for the junk drawer — others deserve a standing ovation. If you’re a homeowner looking for ways to enhance your space with technology, there’s no shortage of ways to try. But if you want proven devices that will make a tangible difference in your life, check out these three must-haves.
Smart thermostats offer unprecedented control over the temperature in your home. Even if you already have a programmable thermostat, today’s smart versions take it to the next level. They learn your habits over time and make the minor adjustments necessary to keep your space comfortable throughout the day, without needing your constant attention. You’ll revel in warm nights and cool days while slashing up to 30% off your heating and cooling bill. Most systems can be monitored remotely with a smartphone and programmed to deliver alerts if the heating or cooling fails. Never risk frozen pipes or the health of occupants again with this gadget.
According to AMP Security, modern video doorbells broadcast a live feed to your smartphone in 1080p HD. You can monitor it from inside your home or away, and the picture will be crystal clear. You can see who’s at the door without the risk of opening it to strangers, and models with speakers can be used to communicate with people waiting outside. For the ultimate in both convenience and security, the newest video doorbells can be integrated into a security system that allows you to lock and unlock doors remotely with your smartphone. You can let caregivers and delivery agents in from a remote location, and then lock the doors when they leave. Select insurance companies offer policy discounts for installing technology like this because it makes your home more secure.
You’ve seen touchless faucets in public restrooms, and now you can enjoy the same convenience and cost savings at home. Hands-free models have several distinct advantages over their conventional counterparts, including fewer moving parts, so regular use causes less wear and tear. Children and the elderly can use them with less hassle and without fear of spreading germs. And not only do they use less water, but you’ll never have to worry about the kids forgetting to turn it off. The water and energy savings can be significant.
Home is the perfect place to let technology work for you, but it’s not all created equal. These three gadgets, however, earn a standing ovation.