At the release of the Disney Channel’s Original Movie Smart House in 1999, every aspect of the house seemed fantastic. Less than 20 years later, however, more and more American families are living in smart homes themselves. We use technology to help turn off lights or keep our homes at pleasant temperatures. But like all technologies, smart home technology shows no signs of slowing down. Of course, Alexa could help you turn your house off at night, but do not stop there.
If you want your home to stay on the cutting edge of technology, we’ve put together some of the best home automation technologies of 2018. Discover the latest ways to make your home smarter.
See the light (when you want) with smart blinds
Whether your home or apartment is not air-conditioned or just looking for a way to reduce your utility bills, your window treatments can help. Open blinds during hours of sunshine help keep a room warm comfortably during the colder months. Shadows closed when the sun comes to the horizon help keep your space cooler in the summer. But managing all your windows at any time of the day can become tiring.
That’s where smart blinds come in. You can automate these power windows. They open when you are ready to start the day with sunlight, close when you want to keep a cooler space, open when you come home from work, close when you go to bed. Smart blinds make your windows a powerful tool that your home can use for better temperature control and better ambiance. The best part is that you do not have to lift a finger to do it.
Save on shopping with a smart fridge
How many times have you been to the store unable to remember if you need eggs? You’re not sure to take a box, but to go home and see that you already had a dozen. A smart refrigerator can eliminate this annoyance, small but recurrent, and a multitude of others. These refrigerators are equipped with an indoor camera (so you can check the status of items in the store) and a tablet at the front. This tablet can do a lot, to remind you of foods that will soon expire to read you recipes while you cook. Some smart refrigerator tablets can even serve as a hub for your family, running a program from which everyone can coordinate or serving as a whiteboard so you can leave messages when needed. If you’re looking to upgrade your refrigerator, choose smart home automation technology to reduce your grocery bills and improve the efficiency of your kitchen (and your family).