4 Smart Home Technologies to Consider Purchasing
- Dual-Flush Toilets
Save the environment and save your cash. With a dual-flush toilet, you can flush using one of two buttons according to what you need – number one or number two. If you really want to get fancy, the Toto Toilet features auto-closing lids, heated seats, and even music speakers.
- Robot Vacuum
A robot vacuum is a small, computerized cleaner that zips around your house automatically brushing and vacuuming the carpets, rugs, and floors. Unlike the conventional vacuum, the robot vacuum moves around your room and can turn in opposite directions, which means it can literally spin on a dime and clean almost any space it can drive into. Robot vacuums have various onboard sensors to help it figure out what it can about your room.
Mounted on the top front of the vacuum there’s a prominent infrared beam that detects walls and obstacles and slows down the vacuum when it gets near them; a touch-sensitive bumper stops the vacuum when it actually hits things. Infrared sensors mounted underneath, points straight downward, so it can detect stairs and steep drops. If it feels its brushes might tangle up on tassels or cables, it stops them rotating straight away and drives itself to safety. Robot vacuums have been around for a while so you should be able to find one that fits your budget.
Here are a few to consider: ILIFE A6 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, $250__IROBOT Roomba 690 with Wi-Fi connectivity, around $375__Samsung POWERbot R7090 Robot Vacuum around $640
- Remote Control Blinds
These blinds are great! Remote control high tech blinds are easy to install so your blinds can be lower or raised at the touch of a button. Some models can be programmed so your blinds will open or close on schedule. The auto-schedule feature works as a security feature as well, since you can make your home look occupied even when you are away.
- Smart Door Locks
Smart locks do so much more than lock and unlock your door without a key. Smart locks allow you more control so you can lock and unlock your door remotely— while at home or away–and you can even give digital keys to friends, family and anyone else you trust into your home. Many models also come with keypads for keyless entry – simply punch in the code and no one will ever get locked out again. Most smart locks let you receive alerts and track who’s entering and leaving your home; you can email limited-access digital “keys” to children and trusted visitors when you’re not home. Some locks come with an alarm that will emit a piercing siren if someone tries to break in.
For the most part, Smart locks are easy to install and can be used with your current deadbolt or replace it all together. They can be connecting to a wide range of smart home systems such as Alexa, Google Home, and Samsung Smartthings.
Here are some Smart Locks you may want to consider: Kwikset SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt for around $250; it’s easy to install, comes with an alarm and can connect to a wide range of smart home systems. The Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt is a good option for those looking to save some money-cost around $180–however, it only works with Alexa.