Use Technology to Save Money!
If you have yet to jump on the Smart home bandwagon, now’s your chance. Smart home technology is more affordable than ever, and it can even save you money in the long run. And you do not have to be a tech-savvy guru to outfit your home with these innovative devices. Scroll down for a quick room-by-room guide on how to get started.
Where to Buy
First, it’s important to know the best places to acquire your smart home tech. You can certainly shop online, but your local Best Buy is actually one of the best places to check first. They almost always offer pre-owned products and, if you get lucky, you can score big in their clearance section. Rakuten’s Best Buy shopping guide offers several more tips, including advice on how to save money by getting a store credit card, downloading the Best Buy app, and browsing their exclusive outlet.
Around the House
Now, let’s take a look at smartphone devices that can enhance your home no matter which room you’re in. If you are not sure how to match smart technology to your design, contact the home remodeling experts at 3R’s Construction & Remodeling and ask about integrating technology into your next home project.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we socialize, cook, and, in most cases, enjoy a family meal. And you probably also spend a lot of time cleaning, between doing the dishes and sweeping and mopping the floors. For this reason, no kitchen is complete without a smart home hub, such as the Amazon Echo.
If you want a truly subversive smart experience, invest in the Echo Show, which is a tablet-like device that can control many other components of your home but also offers you visual access to cooking shows to inspire you in the kitchen.
A smart refrigerator and stove, although much heftier investment, will also come in handy since you have more control over energy usage and, in the case of the refrigerator, can see what you have and don’t have while you are away shopping.
While you don’t want a ton of electronics in the bathroom, one thing that you should have is a smart outlet. Alarm.com explains that these are plug-in devices that allow you to control anything connected to them from your phone no matter where you are. Using one of these in the bathroom means that you’ll never have to wonder if you’ve left your flat iron turned on.
If you’ve ever left a load of clothes in the washer or forgotten to turn on the dryer, you’ll appreciate the benefits of a smart laundry suite. These large appliances can text you when your laundry is done, adjust the water temperature and volume based on load size and soil level, and can be restarted remotely if necessary.
The kitchen is not the only place where a smart home hub or smart speaker makes sense. In both your main living area and your private spaces, these types of devices can help you control your environment. And, when connected to a smart thermostat, you can even adjust your home's temperature from wherever you may be. Smart light bulbs and Wi-Fi connected smoke/carbon monoxide alarms are also great additions to your smart home upgrade.
As a new or existing homeowner, you owe it to yourself to make sure that your space keeps up with the times. Smart technology can help you do just that. From the kitchen and bath to the bedroom and laundry room, the above upgrades are a great way to save time and money while ensuring your home remains comfortable and accessible on your terms.
Call 3Rs Construction & Remodeling for more information about updating your home with SMART TECHNOLOGY!