You can look up all the DIY blogs on how to make your home more comfortable, and it will give you numerous ideas which all seem very intriguing. But here’s the thing, it could also get overwhelming when it comes to deciding what needs to be done. It could be a complete do-over of the entire space, or just refining the interiors and adding new things.
Nonetheless, we’re here to simplify the process for you. When thinking of making repairs to your home, consider the things that would make your life or the family’s more convenient. There’s no point in re-doing a home only for the looks, at the expense of comfort. Here are a few changes, more so leaning on the tech side, that can be made to your home for a more convenient, energy-efficient, and of course a comfortable lifestyle.
Lighting Around the House
The one obvious factor that affects the mood of the household is the lighting. People can prefer warm lights to cool ones or vice versa, but whatever makes them feel more at ease. A brilliant idea would be to install smart lighting around the house.
Smart lighting can be for indoors as well as outdoors, but it really depends on what you’re willing to add to the home makeover situation and what your budget is like. The main features of smart lights are that they connect to the home Wi-Fi, and thus can be controlled through designated apps in your smartphones, tablets or any other Wi-Fi enabled device – including voice assistants. Smart lights in the house, as well as outdoor ones, can be controlled remotely as well. You don’t even have to be home in order to turn on the lights if it’s after dark hours. They can work according to set schedules and the brightness level can also be controlled. Dim the lights during movie time? No problem!
The price is one aspect that holds back people from going further with such a purchase, but think of it as an investment, and here’s why. Smart lights consume less electricity than a standard bulb, emitting the same level of brightness regardless, and with more features. Over time you will definitely notice a decrease in the electric utility bills – this is what we mean by energy-efficient and a convenient lifestyle, the added factor is saving money.
If you’re wondering where you can find Smart Lights from, check out First Energy Home’s website.
Voice Assistant for Your Home
It is truly a blessing to have a Voice Assistant in your home, and we don’t say it because it’s the perfect product for lazy people. These mini devices can do things you wouldn’t have thought a simple device can carry out. These assistants can be synced to every Wi-Fi enabled device around the house – smartphones, Android/smart TV, smart lights, smart refrigerators, etc. Think of them as a virtual assistant in your home.
Voice assistants take voice commands and are able to make calls, send texts, control the lights and TV, set schedules and reminders for you, answer basic questions that you would normally type into Google or any other search engine. Not to forget, they also serve as a mini speaker too. Now here’s how they work, you simply call out to your device with its name – yes they have names and we’ll tell you more about it – and ask for it to do something for you. For example, “Hey Alexa, what’s the traffic situation like on the I-95?” and Alexa will respond. Sounds cool right?
Some of the most common devices for Voice Assistants are the Amazon Echo series and the Google Nest series. There are, however, many other smart speakers that can be synced with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. And let’s not forget, our smartphones also have built-in voice assistants; like the Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, and Samsung Bixby.
What Else Can Be Done?
When it comes to renovation, people think of ways other than the tech aspect on how they can make their home more comfortable, which is fair because technological changes can prove very heavy on the pocket many times.
Apart from installing smart appliances around the house, there are other simpler ways if you’re not looking for anything that’s too drastic of a change. Changing the colors of the walls can be a big help – it can uplift the look and feel of a room instantaneously. It even adds a personality to a home.
Decluttering is also one way of changing up the look of your home. Extra furniture around the house or any ornaments and pieces that are of no use can be removed to make a room feel lighter. And instead of such heavy pieces around the house, maybe replace them with indoor plants for a timeless, comfortable vibe to the room.