Just five or 10 years ago, innovations in at-home technology like LED lighting and remote door locks were still considered something of a curiosity. Today, many homeowners are venturing into the world of smart devices at a breathtaking rate while exploring new trends in automated thermostats and entertainment.
Don’t get caught in the past with outdated home appliances when there are so many cutting-edge tools to simplify homemaking and save you time and money. If you’re planning to sell your home on the Vancouver real estate market, for example, you want it to stand out with all the top features. Read on to learn about the top 12 tech upgrades you can invest in today.
Wi-Fi access points
Many service providers give consumers comprehensive software and hardware packages (often with monthly fees) for high-speed internet access in each room. If your property is especially large, you’ll probably need to invest in a few wi-fi extenders to boost your wireless service every 30 feet and maintain a consistent level of access. And make sure to keep an eye out for systems that boast additional features, like password protection, parental controls, ad blocking, and multiple user accounts for even more personalized options.
There used to be only a handful of products on the market that gave homeowners more control over the interior and exterior lighting, such as dimmer switches and automated shading controls. Now, fixtures, bulbs, and digital components are manageable from your smartphone or verbal commands at a low cost.
Many Alexa-based and Google systems can monitor and schedule changes to your lighting by voice or remote control from a single hub. Most of these platforms don’t require you to rewire your current lighting setup, as you’ll only need to buy a smart light bulb or smart plug-in. Plus, smart lights are an ideal solution for keying in the perfect amount of ambient lighting to suit the mood for social gatherings or to accommodate guests with light sensitivity.
Smart home technology providers like Nest, Amazon, and Honeywell have made significant strides in the world of automated heating and cooling, and the hardware components rarely require homeowners to start lengthy rewiring projects to install them. Still, not every home is suited for automated thermostats, so ensure your property has the proper infrastructure before purchasing a new system.
Digital thermostats can regulate the temperature when no one is home, and you can make adjustments remotely from work or the car via your current device. These devices can end up saving homeowners a lot of money in energy bills over the year.
The best thing about smart hubs? They’re getting more inclusive and working with more and more devices every year. This ensures that the hubs of the future will likely take over as the headquarters for managing appliances in every corner of the home.
Water and leak sensors
Advances in HDR and LED TV technology have exploded in recent years. Ideally, you’ll want to search for TVs that provide smart connectivity features. This will allow you to seamlessly connect to streaming services and remotely control volume and brightness levels without installing bulky third-party boxes. Check out products with voice controls and touch-free interfaces to spend more time with the family and less time fiddling with controls.
Hardly anyone enjoys mopping the floors or vacuuming the carpets, and it's a chore in itself trying to get your teens to do their part. Automated vacuums are the best solution to take care of all the dirt and dust disposal you need.
Manufacturers like iRobot and Wyze have dozens of vacuum models that connect to your mobile device and allow you to key in the days and frequencies in which you’d like to clean the floors. Look for vacuums with additional features, too, as many models can protect against harmful allergens and automatically evade obstacles, saving you hours of sweeping every month.
Smart door locks
Speakers and sound systems
If listening to music with high fidelity and a full range of volume, equalization, and textures matters to you, then a smart home sound system is a must. One of the most impressive upgrades smart speakers give you is remote, voice-activated controls. Just connect the sound system to your smart hub or Wi-Fi, and you’re ready to turn on the system from anywhere in the home, answer emails from the kitchen, receive calls in the basement, or request a new song from the front porch. Just make sure your existing audio system can sync with any new products and will allow you to make voice controls before bringing it home.