Since the invention of the vacuum cleaner in the 1860s (and earlier) homeowners have loved to welcome new technology into their home, whether for labour-saving reasons or just to create a more pleasant environment for living.
In today’s hyper-connected world, when many of us have a busy, hectic lifestyle, your home is the perfect place to create your tailor-made environment perfect for living and relaxing in. The “Smart homes” that were once predicted as visions of the future are fast becoming day-to-day domestic reality with home automation now available in so many forms to benefit your health and comfort and save you time and money.
Here are just a few examples of products and technology available for your home that could enhance your new home experience even further!
Air quality monitors for a healthier home – our new homes come fitted with CO2 monitors, CO3 detectors and DMEV extract fans as standard, however extra enhanced air quality can be achieved with the aid of smart sensors, combined with air purifiers and humidifiers. This is a particular consideration for those suffering with allergies or respiratory difficulties, however a simple change in your home air quality can have huge health benefits for all!
Here are a few available models, with reviews…
One of the most interactive and enjoyable aspects of new home tech is of course the array of wireless lighting, entertainment and communications systems that can be controlled from a smartphone app, tablet or voice-activated via a home hub using Amazon Echo or Google Home Assistant. Offering endless fun for all ages, you can build multi-device “experiences” combining music, lighting and voice or video chat.
Also, the huge range of domestic tasks that can be made “hands-free” offers an invaluable solution to help make life easier for homeowners in later life, or for anyone with limited mobility or visual impairment.
With so many possibilities, it can seem a bit daunting to start setting up your interactive home, but we recommend starting with something simple and building up your interconnectivity over time. For more inspiration, read this Which? Guide to setting up your smart home.
Energy monitoring smart meters – many energy suppliers now offer these self-reading meters for free, to help you keep track of how much electricity you’re using and, equally importantly, how much you’re spending! Some can even break down information further so you can compare how much it costs to do a load of laundry, run the dishwasher, or keep the lights on etc. Click to find out more about what’s available.
Smart thermostats give you the ultimate control over your home’s ambient temperature by connecting your central heating and hot water schedules to your phone or other smart device. Switch on your heating from the car while you’re on your way home, set different temperatures for different rooms and maximise your heating system so you’re never unnecessarily heating an empty home.
You can have a smart system installed onto your existing heating system and with your existing energy supplier - and the money savings over time really add up!
There are so many different suppliers to choose from, including Hive Active Heating, Nest, Honeywell and Bosch - Click to read more about the options available…