Applying Technology In The Home
When you hear the word ‘technology’, it’s likely that images of smartphones, tablets and computers have immediately sprung to mind. It’s natural; we have that technology in our faces – and our pockets – every day. Long ago were the days of the house phone attached to the wall, the modem sounds over the phone line and a washing machine without an LED screen. Technology is best used when you can save energy and when you are applying science to the house to save money as well as the environment, you’re being smart about its uses. It’s important to remember that technology is not all iPads and touchscreens, but science applied in the home.
Solar panelling for the roof to run your washing machine for you is a way to harness natural energy to make your home run more efficiently. There are many companies that are developing ways to ensure we can run a more financially efficient house and these include setting the thermostat via Wi-Fi and sorting your house alarm from a distance with a clever app. The internet is creeping into everything we do and as our generation wants us to do everything in an instant, the creation of appliances to make life easier is becoming more popular by the day. A modern home is a popular one, so making yours as modern as you can will mean selling it will be easy!
What you don’t often see is the way that technology has evolved to affect your home in a positive way. If you wind time back fifty years or so, you will see that most homes didn’t even have indoor toilets, let alone smoke detectors on the walls and hot running water in the home. Domestic technology has evolved immensely over the years and has two levels, the first being technology that pertains to home appliances such as dishwashers and clothes dryers, and the other being applied science that is used in the construction of a home for energy sufficiency. This can include heat cable that is used to wrap around the pipes to keep them from freezing in the long winters, which saves your money on energy in the long term and prevents the piping cracking through extreme cold.
Some of the cleverest appliances in the home are technology based. If you have a fridge that is self-locking and has an LED screen so you can input your shopping list, your kitchen is becoming smarter without you having to do much. The jug of water you have in the fridge with a filter on the lid is a smart piece of domestic technology. Drinking tap water in a cleaner, healthier manner has been created and most people don’t even realise it!
If you plan to put some money into adding technology to your home to make it smarter, look to the basics first. Work out how you can apply technology to your plumbing and heating first before you make your washing machine start loading and cleaning all on its own. If you use technology to run your home, make sure you’re saving the environment while you do it.