When you hear “home technology,” are you thinking “invasive surgery for my house”? Do you worry that the actual smart one in the bargain will be the electrician getting paid handsomely for all that rewiring? Luckily, home technology doesn’t have to burrow behind your drywall.
In fact, many of the products at HGTV Smart Home 2016 require no wiring at all. These devices, ranging from simple to sophisticated, provide plenty of flexibility and specialize in ease-of-use. They install in seconds, you can add on to them as your needs evolve, and you can even take many of them with you when you move. Let’s look at a few ideas for having a smart home without drilling a hole.
An Adjustably Bright Idea
Change your lighting scheme to suit your mood with a wireless lighting kit. Some Wi-fi enabled LED bulbs screw into standard sockets, and you don’t even need to change the wall switch. You can smoothly dim multiple bulbs simultaneously, with the help of your smartphone, and even change their color. You’ll also be able to program schedules, setting lights to turn on at sunset and on at sunrise, or let you remotely operate them when you’re not home, which can ward off thieves.
Stuck on Safety
Installing an alarm system gives you instant peace of mind, but for those who can’t or don’t want to wire from scratch, there haven’t been many options. Wireless alarm systems like the one at HGTV Smart Home 2016 are perfect for renters, or anyone looking for a cost-effective option. Sensors for doors and windows, motion and glass-break sensors, even the touch panel is peel-and-stick.
A hub you place in a central part of your home connects them all to the system, which you can control from a touch panel by the door, or your smartphone. Some systems include professional monitoring for a monthly fee, while others can send automatic alerts to your phone if anything fishy is detected.
The Sweet Sound of Smart
Fill a room or your entire 19-room palais with hi-fi sound via standalone Wifi speakers. There’s a choice to be made between power and portability: Smaller, battery-powered speakers can be moved around at will and play for hours. Larger, wall-powered speakers will give you more boom with your shalaka.
Several companies offer multi-room audio systems that let you stream your own music library, and the near-infinite catalogs of various streaming services, to any room of your house. Remember what George Lucas said: Sound is half the movie. To help bring the theater experience home, consider a wireless soundbar that sits under your television and makes your entertainment roar.
The Connected Kitchen
From a refrigerator that can help you pick a recipe for dinner to a smart coffeemaker that lets you brew your morning cup via an app, there’s no shortage of state-of-the-art gadgets to make your home’s heart-center more efficient and way more fun. There are even Wifi enabled slow cookers that you can start and monitor remotely. Go ahead, whip up a killer pot roast while getting a pedicure.
Put your power tools away, because the latest crop of home technology is wonderfully wireless.
Sound right for your home? Let me know in the comments!