From phones with cords and awkward PDAs to smart home tech that connects your phone, fridge, thermostat, oven, and even the locks at the front door, we’ve come a long way. Ten years ago, everyone was clamoring for a smartphone - fast forward to 2018 and everyone has smartphones; the new hot commodity is smart homes.
Technology has grown exponentially for home tech items, gaining enthusiasm from homeowners across the country. Many consumers are looking to implement smart technologies in their homes to make life simpler and more streamlined. Technology is improving every day, allowing us to control every aspect of our lives. If you’re looking to upgrade your home or are considering selling soon, we recommend updating your home with smart products. We have collected the top eleven home tech items that are hot for 2018:
Keyless entry is now available for your home. Instead of on key fob like your vehicle, this system syncs to your iOS or Android smartphone. Available online, the device includes a simple, DIY installation.
Ceiling Fan Controller
This gadget allows you to adjust the fan speed and power from a remote. You’ll no longer have to stand on a chair to change fan speed! The device also allows for programming with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Home security options have come a long way. Ring.com offers smart home security, which connects to key devices in your home. Managing the integrated system wherever you are is easy, with an app on your iOS or Android device.
The June Intelligent Oven is a toaster oven that calculates food temperature and time. You simply set the food type and desired doneness. The oven will do the rest, cooking your food to perfection.
Autoslide Smart Door
Doggie doors are so 1980. Autoslide Smart Tag Pet Door Kits attach to your home’s sliding glass door. You then place a corresponding tag on your pet’s collar. As Fido approaches the door, it slides open. This is a great product for dogs left home alone during the day.
Voice Controlled Robotic Vacuum
Similar to vacuum robots of the past, this model cleans your home at scheduled times. It also features voice control through Alexa or Google Assistant. If your family has pets, we highly recommend an automated vacuum to do the work for you.
The Ecobee4 is smart thermostat which can be controlled with Android or iOS to set temperatures, schedules, and adjust comfort settings. You can adjust the temperature in your home from your couch – or even from work!
Samsung is now offering a dual oven which can be controlled by Wi-Fi. It allows for remote power control, temperature adjustment, and auto cooking. For people always thinking they left the oven on, we recommend this investment!
KOHLER’s VibrAcoustic bathtub syncs with your music playing device. The tub will emit sound waves, to create a soothing spa session set to your own playlist. The streaming Bluetooth offers a spa-like experience right in your home.
Smart Shower Control
The Thermasol Microtouch Kit allows users to program preferred shower temperature and steam settings. Simply turn on the shower and push the desired button. You’ll no longer have to scald yourself to find the right water temperature.
With a Samsung Family Hub smart refrigerator you can check on food remotely and set expiration notifications, ensuring that food is always fresh. You can also create or sync grocery lists and buy groceries right from the fridge door, as well as customize temperature settings, share calendars and coordinate schedules, and play music. It truly lives up to the name “Hub.”
Home Equity Loans
Home Equity Loans are a great way to fund your home improvement projects. Switching your home to smart technologies can be a great way to increase resale value and give you an edge on other homes for sale. Smart appliances, home security systems, and virtual controls are the wave of the future. Be sure your home is always ahead of the technology game. If you’re looking into home improvement projects, contact us to discuss a Home Equity Loan. It’s an investment for the future!