Looking into some ways to spruce up your home, perhaps to make it a little bit more interactive and fun? Or perhaps you would like a home that feels more safe and secure? Why not take a look at this list of ideas on ways to modernise your home, with some tips and recommendations on the latest gadgets and tech that many are already adopting.
A great way to impress friends and family is to set up a home entertainment system, with everything in one place and ready to go. Investing in a smart remote, a new type of controller that acts as a master unit and works with all devices, will help to combat that dreaded search for the remote every time you want to watch TV, and using streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime stop you from having to trawl through your over cluttered shelves to find what you want. Most televisions now come with these features already baked-in, reducing the need for DVD and Blu-Ray players.
Tip: Internet – Having films, television and music just moments away is brilliant, but it’s important to make sure you have the right internet setup for everything to run smoothly. 3Mbps should do the trick in terms of streaming, but it’s also worth considering the placement of your WiFi hub to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your or your children’s devices.
You may want to consider the structure of your house, and where you most often use your devices. Getting patchy internet signal in certain rooms upstairs? It may be because the walls in your house are thick and restricting connectivity. WiFi boosters may be a good choice in this instance, especially if you have kids with a ton of devices (phones, tablets, games consoles etc), all connected at once.
Both incredibly efficient and easy to use, smart technology is making its way into more and more households every day.
Property investment companies such as RW Invest, and landlords of modern apartment builds, are increasingly adopting this technology in their builds, and perhaps you should do the same. Motion-detecting security cameras, for example, not only give you peace of mind at night or when away from the home, but they can be energy efficient and space saving, only recording and transferring data when activated. They’re also controlled by a smart app, which means you can access them on your phone if you’re in work or on holiday.
Smart lighting is another great way of saving energy, and it also pairs up well with your TV setup. One excellent feature with the Philips Hue bulbs is that you can sync it up with your films, automatically dimming the lights once the popcorn is ready.
Maintaining your home and keeping it clean can often be a monotonous and frustrating task, so your two options are to hire a cleaning service or there are some pieces of kit that you could perhaps use to cut some corners. Vacuum cleaners, for example, are almost as elaborate as smartphones these days, and if your old reliable is struggling to suck up like it once could then perhaps you’re due an updated model.
Cordless Vacuums are what you might expect from their name; free from wires. Hanging conveniently from an attachable wall charger, and extremely lightweight, they’re great for mobility around the house, vacuuming stairs, and getting in those hard to reach places. The only downside is their restricted battery life, so remember to put them back on charge when you’re done.
Robotic Vacuums go one step further, in that they’re completely autonomous. Small circular discs that roll around on the floor, they require little interaction and an easily removable internal bin for when they fill up.