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High-Tech Home Upgrades

High-Tech Home Upgrades

Have you ever thought about the high-tech home upgrades out there? Smart home technology is a wide and varied ecosystem with options for just about anything.   We will show you ways you can upgrade your home to make life easier while your home or away.

Have you heard about Google Home or Amazon Alexa? Both can be helpful in everyday life.

   

 

 

Replace Your Thermostat

If you are running an inefficient heating and cooling system in your home, you are wasting money.  The Nest smart thermostat not only looks cool but smartly controls your home’s temperature, lowers your utility bills and reduces your energy consumption.

Nest is a learning thermostat that will remember your schedule (it takes about a week to get up to speed) and then heats and cools your home accordingly. It makes sense. There’s no point in heating a house nobody is in. The folks at Nest insist that it can be installed by most people within 30 minutes, making this a smart gadget that seems like a no-brainer.

At only 3.2 inches across, and 1.26 inches thick, this little guy can cut down on your electric bill, but also keeps a low profile.

Door Handle with Self-Sterilization

If you’re a bit of a germaphobe and are constantly trying to keep your house clean, this handle is a dream-come-true. Germs like to hang around on door handles after people touch them. Very few people think to clean these surfaces. Choi Bomi designed a self-sanitizing door handle that will keep germs at bay.

When not in use, the handle clicks into place and activates a UV light that helps sanitize the handle and kill germs. Once you touch the door, the hidden switch deactivates and the UV light automatically turns off. This innovative product won the Red Dot 2010 Concept Design Award, so you can rest assured that it will keep the entryways of your house super sanitary. Unfortunately, for now, this product is just a concept and is not yet available for purchase.

 

 

Cool Meets Smart

LG smart refrigerators let you control key features using the LG SmartThinQ app on your smartphone and Vacation Mode—it will even send you an alert if the door is left open. Plus, it works with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa so you can control your refrigerator with the sound of your voice.

 

Somnus-Neu Bed

Though it costs more than a modestly priced car, the Somnus-Neu Bed is worth looking at. The bed is essentially one giant home entertainment system. It comes with mechanized curtains that can enclose the entire bed as well as a drop-down screen that can display images from the attached projector. That’s right — there’s an entire attached screen that allows you to watch all of your favorite TV shows and movies. The bed is also connected to the Internet, so you can stream online media in case cable and DVDs aren’t enough. As if all of that is not enough for one bed, there are also LED lights above, below and around the bed, allowing you to read or do work as well.

Next time you’re looking to do an upgrade consider these cool high tech devices!

Kelli Laufer
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Kelli works at Cornerstone Builders, where she writes blogs that provide remodeling content advice. She loves all social media outlets and platforms. In her free time, she enjoys keeping up on the latest fashions and daydreaming about where to travel next.