Must-Haves for the Futuristic Home of Your Dreams
Did you watch “The Jetsons” growing up? That cartoon may have been before your time and instead, you grew up on Disney Channel movies like “Smart Home.” No matter your age, you’ve probably wished for an automated home at some point in your life.
Although we live in a world of technology, it can be difficult to navigate which items are needed to bring your childhood dreams to life. We’re going to take a look at what products you should consider buying to allow a technologically advanced home without breaking the bank.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat to Save Money
One of the items that you should consider purchasing for your home is a smart thermostat. These new-age thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home from anywhere in the world through smartphone apps.
In addition to being controlled from your phone, these devices have the ability to ‘learn’ when your home is occupied and can adjust the climate accordingly. Aside from never having to worry about if you forgot to raise the temperature in your home during vacation, these thermostats will give you peace of mind that your household is always environmentally friendly.
After a smart thermostat has been installed, you will be able to print monthly energy reports to see where and when you can save more money. Zoning controls will also allow you to keep occupied rooms cool (or warm) while avoiding extra power being used for empty areas.
Theater Projectors for the Ultimate Home Movie Experience
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If you are a movie buff and enjoy watching films on the big screen, a theater projector may be needed for your ultimate futuristic home. Years ago, these types of projectors could only be found in the homes of the super-wealthy or in actual theaters.
Now, you can pick them up at a relatively low cost and see your favorite movies in up to 300 inches of action. Of course, you can choose to pay thousands of dollars for these projectors, but you can also find reviews of which ones are the best bang for your buck.
Depending on the quality of the projector and its capabilities, you may be able to hook it up to your cable or satellite to watch your favorite programs. Some products may not even require an entirely dark, theater-style room–but all must be handled with care to avoid damage to the delicate system and bulbs.
Upgrade Your Shower Head
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There are digital showers and there are smart showers. A digital shower allows you to see and set the temperature for your perfect shower. This allows you (and other people who share the bathroom) to expect the same level of heat every time the water is turned on.
A smart shower has this capability and can allow you to control the pressure and duration, and may be controlled by your voice. This can help you save on your water consumption and keep the little ones safe from too-hot water.
Regardless of which type of shower you choose, you will no longer have to deal with guessing at the correct setting on unlabeled knobs.
While we are discussing upgrading your shower experience, consider choosing a tankless water heater. These water heaters aren’t exactly brand new to the market but will give you instant hot water every time you need it.
Not only do you have instant hot water; you can also have an endless supply of it. Choosing to go tankless isn’t always initially cheap, but it will save you money over the years.
Wash & Dry in One Machine
How many times have you heard the end of your washing machine’s cycle only to forget to switch your clothes to the dryer? You can typically leave the wet laundry for a few hours or even overnight, but if you forget your items for too long, you will have sour-smelling clothes.
This sour smell is almost impossible to get rid of and forces you to rewash your clothes, sometimes multiple times. Instead of taking this chance, you can choose to upgrade your washing machine and dryer to an all-in-one combination.
Many people will try to tell you that these units aren’t ideal for people who do tons of laundry. However, newer machines are capable of handling large, bulky loads as well as the most delicate items that need a hand-wash setting.
Stop Spreading Germs with Self-Sterilizing Door Handles
If you have kids, you already know that keeping your hands clean will help stop the spread of sickness. Unfortunately, children (and adults) can forget to wash their hands as often as necessary, leaving bacteria all over common areas.
One of the dirtiest common areas of your home is your door handles, and if you don’t sanitize them multiple times per day, you could be looking at your entire family getting sick at once.
Finding a self-sterilizing door handle may not be easy and there may not be many options to choose from, but these products allow you to keep your family safe and healthy.
The Future of Your Home
There are all types of techy gadgets available for your home–many of which are initially expensive. Though this cost can often make you postpone your purchase, most of these futuristic options will help you save money in the long run by being environmentally friendly.
Aside from being environmentally friendly, these purchases will make your house into a home that you can truly enjoy with your family, some of which will keep your family safe from common problems like illnesses or too-hot water.