Are you using WiFi products to manage your home? If you aren't, it's time to consider doing so.
Somehow, in the last fifteen years, we have gone from cursing at our dial-up internet and talking on our “dumb” flip phones to having all sorts of WiFi-enabled devices that connect us with technology and other people instantaneously. It’s a phenomenon dubbed the “internet of things,” and it’s not slowing down.
How the Internet-of-Things Affects Your Home
The internet-a-fa-ction of things is most startling in products designed to help manage our homes.
Imagine automatically preheating your house before you return home from work; brewing a cup of your favorite french roast, or wirelessly ordering dinner (an App that some restaurants already offer). Sound too futuristic? Already there exist tons of wifi enabled devices that can wirelessly accomplish any number of tasks for us.
6 Amazing WiFi Enabled Products to Manage Your Home
Check out these six wifi products for the home.
1. Manage Your Washing Machine From Afar
It’s now possible to control the settings and cycles on your washing machine from a Smartphone. The Samsung WF457 washer uses the Samsung App on iOS and Android to give you up-to-date data on your laundry’s status. With this “smart washer,” you will have the ability to start, stop or pause a cycle, as well as receive an alert when it is complete.
Also, if there is any problem with the washer, you will get an alert for that too. The washer costs around $1,500.
2. Turn On Your House Lights From Across the Globe
With the Wi-Fi-enabled Belkin WeMo Light Switch, you can turn your home’s lights on or off from anywhere in the world. So if you’re vacationing in Ulan-Bator and you want to discourage burglars from breaking into your home in Cleveland, just turn on the WeMo app and let there be light! Save energy by programming the switch to turn on or off only at certain times during the day.
You might think something like this would be expensive, but at only $50, it’s affordable for most. (And, yes, that was a test your geographic knowledge-- Ulan-Bator is capital of Mongolia).
3. Banish Your Sump Pump Worries
Every time there’s a heavy rainstorm, you probably compulsively check your home's sump pump to ensure it hasn’t failed. Now, the Sumpspot WiFi Sump Pump Alarm can do the work for you by monitoring your pump and texting or emailing you when it senses danger.
It’s available for purchase for just over $200 on Amazon, a price well-worth the peace of mind.
4. Relax At Work With a Medical Alert Beacon
Perhaps you have an older relative living with you and worry constantly about leaving him or her alone when you go to the office. With a medical alert device such as the LifeBeacon™, you can relax. It's a wireless device (either necklace or watch band options) that allows the user to connect to an emergency operator within 20 seconds through GPS.
The subscription-based service can cost as low as $30 per month for 24/7 monitoring.
5. Control Your Home Temperature Remotely
With WiFi thermostats, such as those made by Honeywell, you can control your home’s temperature remotely through a Smartphone or tablet. Having such control allows you to save energy by ensuring that the heating or air conditioning only comes on right before you come home, instead of running throughout the day.
This way, your home is always at the ideal temperature without breaking the bank—how much more efficient can you get?
6. Monitor the State of Your Home Air Filters
Figuring out when to change your air filter is a hassle. More often than not, the furnace is in an awkward place in your home and visually checking your filter, an inexact science at best. That is, unless you try a WiFi enabled air filter monitor such as the FILTERSCAN WiFi which monitors pressure changes in your furnace system and sends a text to your Smartphone when it’s time to replace the air filter.
Not only is this Home Furnace Maintenance That's Cave-Man Simple, but regular filter changes can save you up to $270 per year in energy costs. Since the device costs only $100, it can more than pay for itself in less than a year.
Ready to Embrace the Internet of Things to Manage Your Home?
Think about it, wireless technology already permeates our society— and it's just beginning to become fully integrated. Imagine having all of the aforementioned devices (and many, many more) all talking with each other and helping us be smarter and safer in how we manage our homes.
Does the "internet of things" excite or terrify you? What other wireless home devices have you heard of? Let us know.