In today’s reality, technology reaches nearly every corner of our modern life. In this world of Apple and Google everything, it’s no surprise that the newest trend in this ever-evolving industry is technology that smartens our home. Heating, security systems, and even lighting as we know it is forever changed due to home automation, and we’d like to show you the ins and outs of this exciting movement by introducing a few of the hottest products out there thus far.
- Nest Learning Thermostat: we have all dealt with it, no matter the age of our home, temperature regulation seems to be a constant issue. If only our heating system had the ability to just know what our desired temp is, at every hour of the day. Enter the Nest Learning Thermostat, a smart system that possesses the ability to self-regulate according to our typical desired tempuratures at each time of the day. This attractive little number has the possibility of saving you some cash as well (a great benefit, considering its price tag of approximately $250 USD) by shutting off when you leave home and turning back on when you return. Lastly, gone are the days of running downstairs in your PJs to turn up the heat, you can control the Nest remotelty via your smartphone or tablet.
- Belkin WEMO: it seems that our cell phones can do it all these days. Be it bill paying, online shopping, or even hailing a cab, we must not look any farther than our Android or Iphone. Imagine adding to that list controlling every device in your home. The Belkin WEMO System is a selection of switches for lights and other appliances that utilize and connect your existing outlets to your smartphone via your Wi-Fi network. An easy to install app the gives you the ability to turn on and off your lights, stereo, television, etcetera with the mere swipe of a finger. Could life get any easier?
- Philips Hue: Gone are the days of boring soft white lighting, Philips Hue, the personal wireless lighting system offers you endless possibilities for lighting your home. The product claims to possess the ability to help you concentrate, or relax, to put you in “the mood,” or to fall asleeo by utilizing its custom options. Further settings can create lighting to help you wake in the morning, or gently fall asleeo at bedtime. Similarly to the prior two products, the Hue system is controlled on your smartphone via an app. Which could mean never coming home to a dark home again.
We’ve only begun to tap the surface of this growing trend, but perhaps we’ve given you some ideas on how to modernize your Okanagan home through home automation. Afterall smart people deserve smart homes!