We all want to work smarter, not harder. What if your house could work smarter so that you don’t have to work harder?
With remote working, many of us are in our houses more than ever. The blend of professional and personal lives can take its toll on your home’s cleanliness, as well as your own stress level. However, by introducing smart technology into your living spaces, you could turn your at-home lifestyle from cabin fever to home sweet home.
Previously, Brunswick Crossing took a dive into the smart technology that focused on your house’s security, ambience, and cleanliness. Let’s take a look at more ways technology can help your home work smarter.
With a smart speaker, assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa are at your call. Just say the word and they provide you with a variety of helpful information and direction. Call out, “Alexa, start a timer for 5 minutes” or “Hey Google, when is it going to rain?” Your smart speaker can also connect to other devices of the same company. For example, you can tell your Amazon Echo to turn on your Amazon Fire TV or search for your favorite show. You can even configure your speaker for smart home control. For example, connecting Google Home to your Nest will allow you to command Google Assistant to dim the lights or set the thermostat.
While you’re busy cleaning the house or doing the laundry, you may be moving between rooms a lot. Music is a great way to make doing the chores a little more fun, but it can be difficult to keep listening when you’re constantly on the move. A multiroom wireless speaker system solves that problem. By setting up multiple speakers throughout your house and pairing them together, you can jam out to music or listen to your favorite podcast no matter which room you’re in. Connect it with a smart speaker and your voice can control what song is playing when your hands are full.
Separate trash from recycling with ease using a smart trash can. There are a variety of smart trash cans on the market with different features. A common feature includes touch-free use. Wave your hand or simply approach the trash can for it to open. Some trash cans can manage and neutralize odors. This trash can from Bruno also has a built-in integrated vacuum inlet for dog hair or spilled Cheerios. It can even connect to your smartphone to track when it’s time to take out the trash or order new bags.
There are even washing/drying machines that can make doing laundry more efficient and intelligent. Many can connect to Wi-Fi and allow you to access them via a smartphone app. For example, this washer and dryer by Whirlpool allows you to check on the status of your laundry via the app as well as start a load up to 12 hours in advance. In addition, the bulk dispenser can hold up to 20 loads of detergent, saving you the time and energy each time you do the laundry. And this washing machine by Samsung is enabled by Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant.
Fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are incredibly important in alerting you and your family when there are dangerous conditions in your house. While the loud noise is efficient in getting the attention of everyone throughout your house, what if no one is home? It’s still important to know of the danger at home even if you’re not. Smart smoke detectors will not only sound an alarm but also send an alert to your phone or anyone else authorized as a contact. Nest Protect by Google has a variety of features to help lead you to safety in times of panic. If one device goes off, others in the house will speak to tell you the location of the danger in the house. It has entirely removed the annoying chirp of low batteries by instead sending your phone a notification.
Worried that your faucet might start leaking again and cause major water damage? A smart water detector is a great, cost-efficient way to avoid such disasters. Beyond sounding an alarm at the detection of water, smart water detectors can also send an alert to your phone. Some devices can even connect to your smart home ecosystem or hub. Another feature to look out for is connectivity to other sensors to keep track in one system of all areas that could potentially suffer from a leak. There are even some sensors which will shut off the water source to prevent expensive damage from occurring.
Live smarter in a new home at Brunswick Crossing. Our single-family and villa homes provide the space to make your life easier, comfier, and safer with smart technology. View our virtual tours and see the opportunities available to you in a new home. Check out our available models below and schedule your tour: