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How to Use Technology to Improve Your Home

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Owning a home is one of the true markers of really being “grown up,” and kids that were born in the technology age will want to make sure that their houses, like everything else in their lives, are as technologically advanced as possible.

Some people might think: hey, it’s a house, how advanced can it get? Those people might be astounded by the many ways you can “tech up” your home. Here are some examples.

Solar panels

Solar panels are a great addition to any home. They can collect almost all the energy your home needs with a limited amount of panels. Harnessing the power of the sun is not only a high-tech feature, but it’s green as well.

It also reduces the household’s dependency on an outside source of power. Panels can be expensive to install, but between the tax breaks that come with installation and the money saved later on electric bills, they typically pay for themselves.

Shutters

Here I’m talking about window treatments in general. We all know that bad insulation can cause a lot of problems in your home, use excess energy, and can make the house look older than it is.

There are all sorts of new window technologies to help make a house more secure and more energy efficient. How are shutters advanced technology? Well, there are all sorts of shutters that can make a house quite fancy.

Shutters need to be modeled for the style of your home. You also need to consider what you will need based on where you live. Storm shutters are great for people who live on the coast or in tornado alley. Fire-proof shutters are a must-have for folks who live in dry areas like California and Texas.

Manufacturers are upgrading more familiar shutter designs, like colonial style, and making them hassle-free as well as requiring less long-term upkeep. And technology is supposed to make things easier, right?

Apps

Our smartphones are becoming so much more than phones. They can also be used to spiff up our homes in a variety of ways. Many energy companies have apps that will help you control the thermostat in your house remotely.

New security systems allow users to activate, deactivate, and remotely tap into their cameras from their phones. There are apps that help with home organization, keeping track of paint colors, training your dog so he doesn’t ruin your carpet … the list goes on.

Apps are a great way to stay in touch with your home projects as well: some home stores even keep track of what you’ve purchased so you can find it again.

Gadgets

Okay, so these might not technically be a “part” of your home, but they can definitely make it a little more tech-savvy. Take, for example, a floor-plan light switch. This allows you to control all the lights in your home from one central switchboard.

But instead of having lots of confusing switches, it has a simple floor-plan map so you don’t have to accidentally wake up the kids by blasting their room with light when you’re trying to make sure the bulbs in the garage aren’t burning out.

Or panels that stick to windows and harness solar power that then charges your phones and other devices. There are also door handles that self-sterilize, which are great for houses filled with tons of kids running around with their sticky and germ-filled fingers. You can get a combination computer monitor and printer.

You’re getting my drift, right? There are tons of gadgets on the market that can make your home seem more futuristic.