There’s so much tech around today to make our lives easier, but you need to make sure that you’re bringing the right innovations into your home. Below are a few things to consider as you decide what would enhance your life and that of your family and what you could skip.
You could spend a lot of money on home tech, so it’s better to begin with a firm budget than to start looking at what’s out there and coming up with reasons why you really need it. You might need to save for a little while to come up with the full amount. This is generally a better option than taking out a loan or using a credit card, but if you have an immediate need such as the accessibility needs discussed below, borrowing money might make sense.
Tech has revolutionized the ability of older adults and others with accessibility needs to remain in their homes and live independently. Thanks to such things as voice-activated lights and entertainment consoles, it’s much easier for individuals who have vision or dexterity issues to navigate ordinary household tasks. However, even people who are savvy about what smart homes have to offer might not realize that it’s possible to put a lift in a home where going up and down the stairs are a problem. There are techy lifts for the home that are the perfect solution to mobility issues. Even for those who don’t have them, they are not a bad idea as it’s not uncommon to run into these mobility problems, even temporarily, at some point in your life.
What is each person in the family really into? This will help you determine whether you really want to sink your money into a gaming console, a theater room, or a high-tech kitchen. Many play games, enjoy watching movies at home, and like food, so it can be easy to get caught up in thinking you need all these things, but unless money is no object, you probably need to narrow it down. It’s important to distinguish between options that just seem exciting and those that you need and will genuinely use. Be sure as well that everyone’s wants and needs are fairly taken into consideration.
Ease of Use
How’s your family’s level of tech comfort? Even if you are very savvy, is everyone else? You don’t want your son, your mother or anyone else who regularly spends time at your house to end up unable to turn on the lights or make the thermostat work when they’re home alone. Many of these devices are designed to be as simple as possible to use, but you still need to make sure that everyone will be comfortable with them.
Similar to data privacy and wearable devices concerns, many home privacy concerns are overblown, it’s possible but unlikely that a hacker might want to take over your smart coffee maker. However, there may be some issues with data gathering, and hacking anything in your home that’s connected to the internet could happen. What’s most important is that you fully understand any risks, including whether any information gathering is happening, and how to deal with them.