How to Use Tech to Keep Your Home in Good Condition

How to Use Tech to Keep Your Home in Good Condition

The following contribution is from another author.

The uses of technology in the home these days are virtually limitless. For a relatively modest investment of money, you can have an AI device take your voice commands, and switch on the lights, adjust the heating, set reminders for you, and play your favorite music, all without having to lift a finger.

Then, you can also improve your home security by having digital, interactive, camera-doorbell systems installed. These record a clip every time someone approaches the door allowing you to forward those clips to your phone and speak to your visitor directly, regardless of where you are.

But what about when it comes to keeping your home in good condition? As in, well-organized, free from major structural issues, healthy, and uplifting?

Can tech help with that too? Sure. Here are some suggestions.

Use tools that purify the air and measure ambient pollution

There is a phenomenon known as “Sick Building Syndrome” that most people have never heard of, but had but that has dramatic and terrible implications for all of us.

The bottom line is that human beings are not actually meant to spend all their time in enclosed environments, where dust, mould spores, gases from appliances, and various other environmental pollutants can coalesce and accumulate.

A direct consequence of being in this kind of environment for large portions of your day – if not for your entire day – is that your immune system, overall health, and well-being can suffer significantly.

Luckily, there are high-tech HEPA air filters available these days, that measure ambient air pollution, filter the air accordingly, and that can genuinely save your health and well-being as a result.

Whether or not you have reason to think that your home is particularly “polluted,” you should strongly consider investing in one of these filter devices.

Use apps and websites to easily identify problem signs and get them addressed

These days, we are always connected to the web, and one implication of this is that we always have powerful resources at our fingertips for researching the meanings of different warning signs we observe around the home.

There are always warning signs that you should be on the lookout for when it comes to home maintenance. You will know that it’s about time for a roof repair specialist to pay a visit, for example, when you notice the shingles on your roof starting to disappear one by one.

Use apps such as Evernote to record and catalogue these issues, use the internet to identify them, and then call the experts to get them addressed.

Stay informed about relevant data via integrated home technologies

A lot of things can go wrong around the home, and if left to your own devices, you might not automatically spot them all on your own.

It’s unlikely, for example, that you will notice the early signs of your smoke alarm or boiler beginning to deteriorate.

These days, however, there are various integrated home technologies that collect and transmit important metrics and data that can help to give you an early warning of problems around the home. Consider using these “smart systems” in order to develop a better understanding of what is actually going on in your house or apartment.

Even smart energy meters can make a major difference, by helping you to understand and manage your energy usage properly.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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