Today’s modern homes are built for comfort and convenience. Homeowners are busier than ever and are willing to buy the latest gadgets to create shortcuts and ease. Manufacturers are answering the call with smart appliances. From refrigerators to security systems, smart appliances can save you time and money and have you asking, “how does it do that?”
Smart appliances use the newest technology to perform their functions. You can operate them remotely from a cell phone, a remote control, or even another appliance.
Imagine checking your refrigerator for milk while at the grocery store or turning on your coffee maker from your bedroom. What if you could come home to a house that has just been vacuumed without yelling at your kids? Some appliances sync up with the internet or Bluetooth technology so you can access or check on your functions from across the country.
Smart appliances can save you money. You can program them to shut off during downtimes which will save electricity. They can let you know when something is not running quite right. While the initial investment might be pricey, they will save you money over the life of the appliance.
How Do I Create a Smart Home?
You can approach smart appliances in a few ways:
1. Choose a smart appliance that you use on a regular basis.
Coffee machines can be programmed to brew at a specific time. You can turn on the machine from upstairs before you get in the shower. You can use a touchscreen on the maker or your smartphone to make the perfect cup of coffee, and then the appliance can clean, rinse, and descale itself.
2. Choose a smart appliance that makes a significant impact.
An innovative induction cooktop allows you to control the temperature with precision, shut off the burner when a pan is removed, and let you use a recipe in an app while the stove keeps pace with the video.
3. Choose a less expensive smart appliance to see how you like it.
A smart toaster is still pricey but is less of a commitment than a smart refrigerator. There are touchscreen controls and an automatic sensor, so your toast comes out perfect every time. A smart microwave has voice commands and sensors for ideally cooked popcorn.
Smart Appliances Can Work Together
All smart appliances can be controlled from a central spot, such as your phone. You can coordinate energy use and manage your chores on the go. If you are on vacation and want your house to look occupied, adjust the lights, turn on TVs, run dishwashers, and vacuum – all remotely.
Types of Smart Appliances
Everything you read about smart appliances mentions the refrigerator. With every model, the innovations are getting more impressive. Some refrigerators can keep track of everything that you put in or take out of it. When you run short of milk, it can send you an alert or put it on your grocery list. It can also look at what you have and propose recipes for dinner. Save energy with a camera to see what’s inside without opening the door.
Some fridges have a control panel that acts as a communication center. They can operate other smart devices in your home, doing things like streaming TV shows, or calling an Uber.
Washers and Dryers
These smart appliances can detect fabric texture and load size, giving you the perfect washing and drying selections based on what you place in there. Some machines save you the hassle of transferring clothes to the dryer with an all-in-one system.
Start the dishwasher from your phone while at work, or have the machine automatically order more detergent before you run out.
Check on your cookies without opening the door using inside cameras. Or program the appliance over WiFi to start or stop cooking.
From motion sensors to lighting, a whole-house security system can incorporate cameras and real-time monitoring. You can check the doors while you are gone and receive alerts when something is amiss.
You may have seen the bikes with screens that show the countryside and automatically change resistance based on the terrain. Treadmills and rowing machines also come with this feature. Never be bored lifting weights again with screens where you can load guided workouts. There is even a machine that has digital weights based on magnetism and artificial intelligence.
Other Small Smart Appliances
- Instant Pots with WiFi connection
- Countertop Smart Ovens with temperature control that chooses temperature and directs heat according to your dish
- Air Purifiers or Fans that monitor air quality and temperature
- Smart Blenders with WiFi and container size settings based on the recipe chosen from an app on your phone
- Smart Room Air Conditioners that cool consistently and efficiently while optimizing air circulation
Beyond Smart Appliances
The possibilities of smart appliances are endless. Consider these other smart options:
- Windows that automatically tint when the sun shines bright.
- Radiant Wall Heating distributes heat throughout the room evenly and efficiently.
- Water Detectors that monitor your water usage and offer conservation tips. It can also turn off the water if it detects a leak.
- Garage Door Openers can be checked, closed, or disabled remotely.
- Lighting can be dimmed, programmed to fade at night, or switched on and off automatically.
- Doorbell Cameras allow you to see who is at your front door whether you are home or not.
Adding Smart Appliances when Remodeling
If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen or remodeling a living space, now is the perfect time to consider adding a smart appliance. While many appliances work with WiFi, some benefit from hardwiring or adding USB outlets. A remodel is the perfect time to consider what you want your space to look like in the future. Smart thermostats can regulate heating and cooling, built-in speakers can enhance your entertainment experience, and smart security systems add protection and peace of mind. Depending on the upgrade, this might add to your house value if you decide to sell down the road.
Let Westside Remodeling Help You Add Smart Appliances
Smart appliances will make your life more comfortable and secure while saving you time and money. Whether you start small or foresee a full home remodel that incorporates smart appliances, Westside Remodeling can help. Our remodeling team knows appliances and how they fit into home remodels. Discuss your ideas with one of our experts to be sure you’re getting the best smart appliances for your home and your budget. We’re here to assist you, ensuring that you’ve made an informed decision even before you make a purchase.