There’s a reason the little things in our lives are referred to as “home comforts”. When we think of home, the first thing we think about is likely to be the comfy feeling that overcomes us when we get into bed, for example, or how our couch is the right distance away from the fireplace, or the way our coffee maker is set to make coffee just the way we like it. We are creatures of habit, and nowhere more than home do we like our lives to be facilitated just so.
In recent years there has been an explosion in domestic technology. Our homes now have the potential to make sure that we never lift a finger. Take the Nest Thermostat, for instance, a new piece of learning technology which allows the heating in your house to be controlled remotely from a smartphone or desktop. Temperatures can be scheduled for weeks or even months in advance, and if you forget to turn off the boiler when you leave the house to go on holidays – don’t worry. The Nest Thermostat will switch your heating off automatically if it hasn’t been adjusted within 48 hours.
Another big part of being comfortable in your own home is security. Most people associate the concept of home with feeling safe, and whilst traditional methods of bolstering domestic security – like dogs – are still effective, there are newer, cleverer ways of protecting you and yours from harm. One of the most innovative examples of this is the Ring Video Doorbell. This ingenious contraption links up with your smartphone every time your doorbell is pressed, and a built-in speaker and microphone allow you to question the person on the other end should they be found to be intruding.
So now your home’s secure, it’s at a nice ambient temperature waiting for you to get home… but what about the slow cooker, the lights, the TV? Is there a way to have everything ready and waiting for when you arrive back after a hard day’s work? Luckily, with the Wemo Smart Plug you can control most everyday household appliances from your remote device. You can add automation and set times of day, connect with the likes of Siri and Alexa, and even set variables like heat, light levels and sound (presuming that your appliance is media related).
So there you have it, a small selection of some of the things on the market which can help to make your house feel more like a home. Remember, we can only help you find the right space for you, it’s your decision how you occupy it!