Modern Home Upgrades You’ll Actually Use

Modern Home Upgrades You’ll Actually Use

The following post is sponsored by Cummins.

Are you confused about the next smart home upgrade to make?

Every family looks for ways to improve their home, but some upgrades and improvements can make a much larger difference than others. A new sound system can be a lot of fun but if you only listen to music on the weekend, it may not be very impactful to you. Smart blinds from a company like DotcomBlinds are a great upgrade for your windows but if you only adjust your blinds on a seasonal basis, it’s probably not worth the cost of installation.

As you look at  new gadgets on the market, be sure to evaluate how much benefit your family will receive as you prioritize what upgrade to make next. Here are three of our favorites.

A Smart Garage Door Opener

Your garage probably isn’t the first place you would think to upgrade, but this is a scenario where an inexpensive change can make a huge difference.

If you park in your garage or have a young family, you probably open your garage door multiple times daily. If your family is like ours, that means you probably forget to close it multiple times a day, as well.

That’s where a smart garage door opener like that from MyQ comes in. Whether you’re relaxing in the hammock in your backyard or you’re halfway across the country on a business trip, a few taps on your smartphone will allow you check your garage door at a moment’s notice.

Many new garage door openers have this technology baked in, or you can even update your current opener with a few small pieces of equipment for less than $100. It’s a small upgrade that can be a huge boost in your daily quality of life.

A Smart Lighting System

Another modern upgrade worth considering is updating the lightbulbs and wall switches throughout your home. Not only will you gain a huge boost in energy efficiency thanks to the latest LED technology, but you can also open your home up to a wide range of new features than can make a substantial difference in how every room feels.

Whereas traditional lights cast just a single color and can only dim with a wall switch, modern smart lighting systems can cast light in millions of colors, dim to a variety of shades and tones, and turn on and off with switches, apps, or sensors throughout your home. Whether you start with a lamp or update switches throughout your house, you’ll find that a small investment in a new lighting system will add a new level of ambiance to your home that your family and guests will enjoy.

A Cummins Home Generator 

Speaking of lights, it’s not much fun when a storm, construction, or overloaded grid leads to a power outage. Life’s modern conveniences – like a smart garage door opener or lighting system – are great, but a power outage lasting for hours (or even days) can leave you feeling you’re back in the Stone Age.

That’s what makes a Cummins QuietConnect home generator the ultimate upgrade. Rather than having your whole home shut down during the next power emergency, these high-tech standby generators spring to action the moment an outage occurs and keep your home operating without skipping a beat. Imagine no A/C failures during the summer. No spoiled food. No broken WiFi to ruin your teenager’s day. A Cummins home generator is an affordable and reliable upgrade that will give your family peace of mind for years to come.

The next time you’re thinking of improving your home, be sure to add these high-impact upgrades to your list. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.


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).


  • We understand as a company how appealing these types of solutions can be to an end-user. Adding a single feature makes perfect sense until you want to expand on your smart home system. Garage door control is a great feature to have in your smart home but once you add lighting control, security system control, and music management, the system can become a lot more cumbersome to the end-user. The homeowner ends up with several apps that they have to switch back and forth from to adjust and control all of the features. The only real way to get the smart home system exactly the way a homeowner wants it to be and have it operated under a single app is by working with a smart home integration company. To learn more about what “turn-key” home automation can do, read more at

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  • Hello, thank you for the interesting information you provided, how exciting it is to really use the Internet of Things and the intelligence of furniture and buildings, and how much it can contribute to the well-being and peace of mind, security and speed in doing things. How many years do you think it will take for all homes to be equipped with this smart device? Currently, anti-theft doors and automatic and electric doors are used here to see what the future holds !! You can also see examples on this site.

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