These days it seems like everything is going high tech. You can digitize pretty much anything it seems like. Remember the time of boxes full of photographs? A time when you had to develop every photo on the roll, choose between them, put the best in albums, and then store the leftovers. A time when we read books, magazines, and newspapers off of paper and not screens. A time when telephones served only one purpose: connecting people so they can speak with each other.
Well, as the legendary poet and musician Bob Dylan said, the times they are ‘a changing. These days, we can do pretty much anything in a high tech fashion – the opportunities are truly endless. This is especially true in our homes. You can hook up your house through technology to do all sorts of things by turning it into a “smart home.”
Wondering how you can turn your home into a Smart Home? Below are some tips to get you started.
Step One: Start with the basics and make sure you have WiFi:
Wireless internet is no longer optional for anyone that wants to have a high tech lifestyle, or even a low tech lifestyle. Nobody depends on wires anymore for internet, so neither should you. If you do not already have high speed business internet in your home, now is the time to call your cable company and get it set up. Just be sure that you have a network that allows your whole family or other roommates to “share in the broadband wealth.”
Step Two: Set up Smart Home security:
Not everyone feels the need to set up a lot of security to protect their homes, but most people should spend a little bit of time and money doing it. There are a number of “smart home” oriented ways to secure your home. You can use cameras to watch the outside of the home, even if the pitch black.
You can install door handles that can only be opened with scanned fingerprints or a security code. This gets rid of the need for keys and keeps out intruders.
You can also use a video door phone to replace your doorbell so you can see who is ringing.
Step Three: Increase your energy efficiency:
Most people these days are aware of the challenges of climate change and want to do their part to protect the environment. One important way to do this is to use less energy. Whether it’s getter a car with better gas mileage or changing your at home habits, there are a number of ways to get more efficient in your home. You can use timers to turn off the lights incase your forget to do it yourself. Your timer can also control the thermostat. You can even wire your house to raise and lower the blinds automatically to maximize natural light time.
Step Four: Install a video monitoring system to track everything:
If you are going to invest in making your home high tech, you should also make the investment in the technology required to keep track of anything. A video monitoring system can help you see everything in your house and control it.
As elledecor website says, “Think you heard a bump in the night? Monitor your home’s motion sensors over the same touch panels and view which parts of the home are active. Catering further to your inner desire for control, you can adjust the temperature in each room via a computer or touch panel.”
Step Five: Have fun with it!
Beyond security, energy savings, and video monitoring, there are a million things you can do with your home to make it a fun, smart home. Take some time to look online at different gadgets depending on your needs. Maybe you want a new stereo system or big screen television – all of these things can be done “smartly.”
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