If you’ve come to find manually switching your heating on and off or dimming your lights too much of a chore, then these gadgets might be for you when moving into your new home. Make this year the year you invest in some smart technology for your brand new home.
Nest Cam IQ
The IQ is the latest technology from Nest to help protect your home from intruders. It has a high-quality lens and sensor that can detect any unwanted guests and stream the video in full HD quality. The software on the IQ cam is so clever that it knows how to zoom in and track a person, following it around the room and a speaker and microphone allow you to communicate with it via your phone. Plus, get a monthly Nest subscription, and you’ll benefit from face recognition software. This is definitely a gadget worth investing in if you tend to leave your home unoccupied for long periods.
Over the past few years, solar panels have seen a huge surge in popularity even in the cloudiest of areas. While it would be nice to think that this has something to do with saving the environment, most people tend to opt for solar panels because they can save a great deal of money on your bills. After all, you’ll be using solar energy as your primary source of power throughout the day. If solar panels are something that you’re seriously considering, remember to make sure that your roof is in the best condition it can be to allow for their successful installation. For roofing in Newcastle upon Tyne, the North East and Yorkshire, contact Findley Roofing & Building who can offer a thorough roof check before you decide to go ahead.
Another great gadget for the security-conscious out there is a high-security entrance door. This has a greater chance of preventing burglaries, with reinforced hinges and screens that are practically impenetrable but it can also make your home more energy efficient with its ability to add an extra layer of insulation. A lot of security doors are smart enough to have a motorised lock and biometrical fingerprint system so only the people you want to enter your home actually can.
When it comes to smart lighting for your home, you have an extensive list of options. The Philips Hue range allows you to control them via a wireless unit, choosing from an incredible 16 million colours. Once you’ve picked the shades you like best; you can set them to automated timers, turn them on and off remotely, or add other lights to them to create a different atmosphere. All of this can be done via the likes of Google Home, Amazon and HomeKit. Similarly, BeOn’s smart bulbs can turn on automatically when your doorbell or alarm is rung and can be set to replay your regular lighting patterns when you’re not home.
These days, you can’t really identify as a savvy homeowner if you don’t own a video doorbell. With this, you can find out who is at your front door without having to get up off the sofa, or without even being home once you’ve set it up with your iOS or Android device. A lot of video doorbells on the market today look like a traditional doorbell, meaning that you won’t need to compromise on exterior aesthetics either.