Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in the busy-ness of day-to-day life, we don’t have to time to address certain things in our homes that need attention. For instance, we might ignore a leak under the sink because we simply don’t have the time to call a plumber; instead, we put a bucket by the pipes to catch the drips. The same can be said for home technology — you might be living with some really old and poorly working gadgets, but you’ve had them for so long and they technically still work, so you have not scheduled the time to replace them.
Here’s the thing: you deserve to enjoy modern-day technology that is efficient, works really well, can possibly save you money and doesn’t drive you crazy. With this in mind, let’s look at some of the popular home tech that is probably past its prime and overdue to be replaced.
Your Home Security Cameras
If you cannot recall how old your home security camera system is, it is probably time to replace it with something modern and state of the art. For example, older style cameras tend to be bulky, not super weather resistant and prone to taking really grainy footage. In order to protect your home and its precious occupants, you might consider upgrading to a modern security camera system from a company like Lorex. They sell a variety of camera systems ranging from wired to wireless to wire free — the latter run on batteries and can literally be installed anywhere. Many of the company’s camera systems feature night vision technology, which means you can say goodbye to the green and grainy footage your ancient cameras capture after sundown and hello to crystal-clear images of your home and property.
Your Old Thermostats
If you have to find your reading glasses and then carefully adjust the dial on your thermostat to turn the heat or A/C on, you are definitely due for an upgrade. Even more modern digital thermostats are not as technologically advanced as a smart version made by EcoBee. These thermostats not only help keep your home comfy by managing hot or cold spots on their own and adjusting accordingly, they help you save an average of 23 percent on your heating and cooling costs. As a bonus, you can also adjust the temperature settings in your home from your smartphone; this way, if you are at work and the kids are at school, you can turn the A/C up from the app, so you are not paying good money to cool an empty house. Some of the EcoBee devices also come with Amazon Alexa built in, so you can ask it to set a timer, turn on the heat and other things with the power of your voice.
That Clunky Television
Yes, your old and bulky TV technically still works, but it may not be easy to hook up modern tech like Blu-Ray players and the like. Plus, it takes up a huge space in your living room. If this sounds familiar, it is time to treat yourself to a new flat screen TV that comes with a ton of bells and whistles. If you are concerned that this splurge will break the bank, here is some great news: the flat screen TVs have really come down in price recently. For example, you can get a VIZIO 65-inch 4K Smart LED flat screen TV for about $500. In addition to being huge, this TV is also voice activated, as long as you have a home hub system like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. It also comes with three UHD-ready HDMI ports, which makes connecting to UHD-enabled devices like Blu-Ray players and game consoles super easy.
Enjoy Your Modern Tech
Once you take the time to shop and update your old tech to the newest models, you will probably wonder how you ever managed without it. From the crystal-clear footage taken by your new security camera system and your more energy-efficient home to enjoying your programs on an enormous TV that you can control with your voice, you will definitely be pleased with your new home technology. Now, please go call a plumber — it’s time to tackle that drip.