Make Your Home Smarter With These High-Tech Upgrades

Posted on: 18 March 2015

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If you are a high-tech household, there are a number of upgrades you can put into your home to make life more convenient. From powering your tablet to controlling temperature, devices are available at your home improvement store to give you more ways to manage your home. Here are just a few of the ways you can update your house to match your high-tech lifestyle.

Electrical Outlets

Replace existing electrical outlets with electrical/USB combination outlets. Each outlet comes with two plugs and two USB charging ports. Quit tying up an electrical outlet with USB charging units. Plug your USB powered devices into power wherever you are in the house.

Power Strips

Stop tripping over extension cords and install built-in power strips into the wall or floor of your home office. Models are available that include USB charging ports and surge protection.

Network Hubs

If you rely on wireless networking in your home, new network hubs give you better connectivity and protection. Run the network connection from your cable or DSL ISP into the hub and set up access to all of your home devices. You have better monitoring tools on these hubs to see who has accessed your network. You can also enable and disable access remotely from your smartphone or tablet.

Smart Thermostats

A local home improvement store like Huber Lumber Co will carry a variety of high-tech thermostats with which you can easily upgrade your current home thermostat. Some remember the settings you use over a period of a few days and program themselves to duplicate those settings. Many allow you to monitor them and make adjustments remotely from a mobile device.

Power Monitoring

Understand exactly how your home is using electricity with new power monitoring systems. You can track the electrical usage at every outlet in your house. See where the "energy vampires" exist - those devices which continue to use electricity even after turned off. Enable and disable power to selected outlets. All of this can be done remotely with your smartphone or tablet.

Color-Changing LED Lighting

Replace existing light bulbs in your home with new LED lights. These can be programmed to turn on or off, become dimmer or brighter, and change colors on a preset schedule. Or use a mobile device to change the lighting in your home when you're away. Make your home look lived in when out of town.

Remote-Controlled Shutters

Even the control of your window shutters has gone high-tech. Devices are available that connect with existing shutters to open and close them on a schedule. Open your living room shutters automatically to the morning sun and close them at dusk. Of course, you have the option of controlling them from your mobile device, as well.

Bluetooth Door Locks

Some of these replace all of your locking hardware while a few integrate with existing deadbolts. All use Bluetooth technology to allow them to be opened with a smartphone or tablet. Issue digital keys to family members so they can use their smartphones to access the locks. Monitor, lock and unlock doors remotely.

More high-tech ways to make your home smarter are introduced each year. If you like the idea of being safe, connected and with the ability to watch and control your house remotely, look into some of these high-tech home upgrades.