Technology has the ability to make life easier for homeowners. And who doesn't like spending less time on chores and repairs and more time enjoying the comforts of home? We are living in a world with more smart options for the home than ever. From kitchen appliances to HVAC and watering systems, here are some ways to keep cool and carry on.
1. Smart Sprinkler Controller
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Nothing says home like a nice yard, and backyard barbecues are what having a home is all about. Now you can have a green yard without having a green thumb, thanks to automated systems and connected apps. Their up-to-date weather and plant care information take the guesswork out of gardening. After the initial installation of the sprinkler system, all you have to do is set up the controller and connect the app. Unlike old-school sprinkler timers, these controllers can monitor for leaks, saving water and money.
2. Automatic Pet Feeders
How many times have you been at a party and had to say, “Sorry, I can't stay, I have to feed my cats”? Automated pet feeders make it easy to ensure your furry friend is fed on time wherever you are, eliminating the need for pet-sitters on an evening out. Many automatic feeders even include a pet camera that allows you to check in via Wi-Fi. More advanced models feature medication and treat dispensing services.
3. In-App Ovens
Have you ever wanted to text your oven to have dinner ready when you got home? While that's not quite possible, you can connect to a smart oven with an app on your phone to have it preheated and ready to go when you step through the door. Other useful in-app features include remote temperature and timing control and integration with recipe apps for the perfect oven settings.
4. Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats allow you to control your home's heating and cooling from the convenience of your smartphone. They include more adjustments than traditional thermostats, such as cooling individual rooms and detecting motion to automatically adjust rooms with activity. With an easy install by a professional, your HVAC system will make waking up overheated a thing of the past. With an app on your phone, home management is painless and precise.
5. Wi-Fi Coffee Makers
Do you need coffee to wake up enough to make your coffee? We've all been there. You can now start your cup of joe from anywhere with a tap on your phone. Or you can set it on a morning timer so you can wake up to the smell of a fresh brew. And with Wi-Fi integration, you can specify water temperature and brew strength without leaving the bedroom.
The marriage between apps and appliances is a happy pairing. It's a great example of how technology helps improve our quality of life and makes home care and service easy. Spend more time with family and friends and less time adjusting your in-home environment, because technology can do that for you.