Top Home Gadgets to Prepare for the Holidays

Top Home Gadgets to Prepare for the Holidays

The following post is sponsored by Cummins.

It’s that time of year: the leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter and the holidays are fast approaching. Sure, fall is really just getting started, but before you know it you’ll be singing carols, checking your shopping lists and preparing for the cold winter months. As we settle into the final quarter of the year, we’re sharing some of our favorite home technologies to upgrade your home’s atmosphere, security and reliability.

Upgrade to a Video Doorbell

Almost any family will enjoy the benefits of a video doorbell. While this technology has been around for a few years, there are now more options available from companies like Nest, Ring, and August. Our favorite remains the Ring Doorbell. We use the Ring Doorbell 2, and its’ painless installation and laundry list of features make it a huge upgrade to your front porch. It’s a blast being able to talk to the kids as they walk in the door from school, but these doorbells are especially nice to have if you get a lot of deliveries, making it easy to verbally sign for packages. Get one installed before the holiday shopping season, and you’ll be ready to both welcome your guests and keep any enterprising porch pirates at bay.

Invest in a Whole Home Speaker System

Good home speakers are great to have during any season, but there’s something especially nice about enveloping your home in music during the holidays. Our favorite Wi-Fi speakers are still Sonos, which can play music from almost any streaming service imaginable. They effortlessly sync with each other to set the mood throughout your home. The latest models include built-in integration with digital voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. Whether you want to send audio from your TV into the kitchen while you cook or want a soft holiday melody floating throughout your home, a whole home speaker system is a fantastic upgrade for any space.

Get Prepared for Cold-Weather Emergencies

Security and entertainment are fun upgrades, but few families think to address their home’s reliability until they actually need it. With colder weather approaching, it’s an important reminder that weather is the number one cause of power outages in the United States. A weeklong ice storm can leave your family in pretty bad shape, emotionally and financially. Now is a great time to double down on some crucial protection to keep the power on for your family.

A QuietConnect home generator from Cummins is the perfect choice to weather any power outage, and integrating one into your family’s home will certainly serve as critical safety net for years to come. If a power outage occurs, you don’t have to worry about losing connectivity or critical systems in your home; the QuietConnect will kick in right away, keeping your smart home gadgets connected and your home running smoothly.

Sometimes the best home upgrades are the ones you hope to use the least, but give yourself the gift of reliability this holiday season with a Cummins home generator.


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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