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Design A Smart Home

Want A House That's Out Of A Sci-Fi Film? Get Yourself A Smart Home.


We live in an age where everything is now automated. Gone are the days where you have to get up to see who’s at the door, and we waved goodbye to having to head to the takeaway when we couldn’t be bothered to cook years before that. To put it simply, automation makes life easier. The less effort we have to put in, the more time we have to spend doing things we enjoy. Now we’re able to make life at home easier! You might be looking to turn your furnished apartment in Chicago into a smart home and if so, we’ve got just the tech for you. Check it out:

Secure your home

Living in an apartment block can raise concern for some people. The idea of strangers walking right by your front door might be something that makes you feel uneasy. Luckily, security systems are fully automated so that now, even if you’re not at home, you can check up on your home to make sure that everything is as it should be. Thanks to sensors and motion detectors, your security system can also alert you when someone enters the property so if you’re away on vacation, you’ll have that peace of mind that your home is safe and sound.

You can also keep yourself secure using a smart doorbell. Opening the door without the ability to check it is something that many people hesitate from doing - and rightly so! With a smart doorbell, you can check who’s at your door without having to open it thanks to a handy app for your phone. Not only that, but you don’t have to worry about getting up either, meaning if you don’t want to answer, your relaxation time isn’t compromised.

Motorised TV bracket

Positioning the TV right can be a pain, especially if you live with other people who adjust the TV to their favourite position. With a motorised TV bracket, squabbles and sore necks are a thing of the past. Installing a smart TV bracket from Vogel’s allows you to preset your optimal viewing position and impressively, it doesn’t stop there either. The mount can detect when you’ve entered the room and will automatically begin adjusting to the position you’ve set it to. Again, these mounts can be controlled by an app on your phone or tablet, and allows you to set up to 10 positions!

Reduce your cleaning schedule

If you’re like most and loathe the idea of doing chores after a long day at work, then why not eliminate as much as possible? There are many smart home devices and appliances that you could consider, such as:

A robotic vacuum. That’s right, gone are the days heaving the vacuum around! Your robotic vacuum will work its way around your apartment, completely eliminating the need for you to do it! All you’ll need to do is empty it from time to time, as it even heads back to its charging station when it’s low on battery.

A smart dishwasher reduces the amount of water and energy consumption by detecting what kind of load you’re putting on. If it’s just plates, for example, your dishwasher will know that it doesn’t have to use the heavier settings, as plates are fairly easy to clean.

Investing in a robotic mop to accompany your vacuum will save you from ever having to clean your floors again. Perfect for those that have pets too, as it disinfects your floors after mopping, leaving your home smelling and looking cleaner than ever!

Control your lights and heating from absolutely anywhere

Finally, we’ve all had those days where our memory has failed us, and if you’ve forgotten to set your heating on a timer, the idea of heading home to a cold apartment isn’t at all appealing. Luckily, there’s now such a thing as smart heating and lighting systems, meaning that if you have forgotten to heat up your home for your arrival, you can turn it on from anywhere in the world using yet again, a handy app for your smartphone. So the next time you completely forget to put the timer on, you don’t have to worry!

Smart lighting can help improve ambience and mood as well as making it seem like someone is home. Using a smart lighting system will allow you to control your lights from anywhere, which can help improve your energy consumption and most importantly, turn your home into the smart home of your dreams.



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