I can remember, just a few short years ago, a friend of mine showing off that he could control the central heating of his house using his mobile phone. Smart tech was just becoming popular and he was very proud that his house had been kitted out this way.
One way or another, we all seem to rely on smart tech these days. The tech has progressed greatly. I know for a fact that same friend not only has smart meters in his house, but also a carbon monoxide tester. Should the air in his house ever become toxic, his phone will alert him to the fact.
Smart tech has progressed
This is the great thing about smart tech. It has progressed a great deal. Whereas once it was a bit of a gimmick, it now has some amazing uses.
Thinking about my own family home, we have various security systems fitted. If an intruder were to enter the house while we weren’t there, I would know about it within seconds.
We monitor energy use and also use personal assistants for all manner of tasks. We are definitely using smart tech more and more.
Still more potential
As regular readers of Dadbloguk will know, it wasn’t that long ago that we moved house. While we’re a lot more settled now, we still have more to do to make the house the home we want.
It hasn’t escaped my attention that most of our neighbours control their central heating via smart tech. This isn’t something we have installed, but I wouldn’t rule it out in the future.
Inspired by our neighbours and the services offered by home automation specialist mdfx, I’ve been looking at various smart home options and put together a wish list of smart tech I’d like to install in our new house.
Blinds and shades
We have some Velux-style windows in our new place that are set very high in the ceiling. At present, we have to open them using a long pole and have no blinds on them. To have something that we could use to open / close the windows and open / close blinds would be amazing. Aside from anything else, it would stop the kids from playing with the pole and potentially damaging the furniture.
Home entertainment system
I know the kids and Mrs Adams would like a big projector system in the living room. For me, however, it’s all about the music. Having Bowers and Wilkins speakers set up around the house that I could control from one centralised system would be awesome.
Mrs Adams has a habit of leaving a light on in our bedroom while the kids don’t seem to have any appreciation of how light switches work. The environmentalist within me would love to be able to control all the lights in the house from one point, maybe using a Lutron system. It would also help with home security if we could turn on exterior lights at will, something I know some smart home systems enable you to do.
Door entry and key code systems
I’m looking to the future here when my daughters will be going out late at night. Having an electric door entry system so they don’t need to take keys will be a weight off my mind.
In fact, it’s a bit unfair of me to point he finger at my kids. I have a dreadful track record for locking myself out the house so is as much for my benefit as for Helen and Izzy’s!
What about your wish list?
What about you. What smart tech do you like to install in your home? Do you envisage yourself getting any more? Whatever your ideas or experiences, please do leave a comment below as I’m always looking for ideas for improving the way we run our family home.
Disclosure: This commissioned article was produced in association with mdfx.