Making Your Home a Smart Home

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Smart Home Technology – Make Your More Intelligent

Over 60% of the people in the generation dubbed baby boomer shy away from selling their homes as they meet the needs of their families. Down the line, their situation tends to become tricky as it becomes harder to navigate through the house when they age.

Items that previously brought comfort become hazards, like the throw rugs and door handles may tend to make hands ache and trip their feet. Many other homeowners relate to this problems and take action to curb them. More than half of the senior Houzz users make home renovations so that they don’t have to move but can age gracefully in their own home.

Here is a list suggesting projects to help you create a safer and more convenient home for everyone irrespective of their age so that you can age in place.

Smart Home – The Exterior

Many homes have arty door handles, an intricate porch and a doorstep which may be very appealing but can be hard for a person with arthritis to use. These problems can be solved using these two designs.

  1. Replace door handles with levers, levers are generally easier to use as all you need is to pull down for the door to open
  2. Set up a security system. A good security system will respond to medical alert devices in addition to criminal activities. The homeowners’ wellbeing and their security from criminals are taken care of.

Smart Home – The Garage

Adjustment to the garage is important especially if the homeowner is using a wheelchair. Make sure that the garage is easily accessible and also safe. Here are projects to help you improve the accessibility and safety of your garage.

  1. Build a slope. Stairs are difficult to use, replacing them with a ramp will ensure more access and safety.
  2. Organize the garage. Falls and trips can result from having items lying everywhere on the floor, organize the garage by throwing out items you no longer need, storing the other items in the appropriate places or donating them to create a garage that is easy to operate in.
  3. Set up a smart garage door opener, a smart garage door opener automatically closes the door after a set amount of time this increases security and safety.

Smart Home – The Hallways

Standard hallways often have dim lights and odd corners which are not favourable for wheelchairs and walkers to get around this problem the following renovations are important.

  1. Widen the hallways and doors this is to provide enough space for a wheelchair to pass through efficiently.
  2. Install smart lighting, this is deemed easier to operate than the flip switches thus will increase convenience safety and comfort.
  3. Using smart motion sensors this can be combined with the smart lighting such that they respond to movements accordingly.

Smart Home – The Living Area

The living area is most likely where you spend most of your time, the following renovations will ensure that the place offers all the comfort and safety you need.

  1. Get rids of rugs. Reorganize the living room paying more attention to floor rugs and any other loose items that can be a trip hazard.
  2. Install a smart thermostat.  Being either too cold or too hot can be a real cause of discomfort, a smart thermostat adapts to your preferences, you will be able to maintain the just right temperatures ensuring your comfort.
  3. Use a voice-activated assistant, this smart home device will respond to your voice helping you control all other products in your smart home at your convenience. You may buy a Google Home, Apple Home Pod or the Amazon Echo depending on your preferences.

Smart Home – The Kitchen Area

The kitchen could be the place you once had fun creating all sorts of culinary delights but this can change once your mobility becomes a challenge, you can curb this problem by using the home technologies and upgrades below.

  1. Make the space functional, install shallow sinks, deep drawers and pullout pantries make sure the spices and the other kitchen appliances are placed where they can be reached.
  2. Put in place a smart smoke detector, this is really useful as it will contact the emergency services in case of an alarm ensuring home safety.
  3. A smart refrigerator, this will help you keep a grocery list also order groceries from the store for you, this will ensure that you have all the grocery you need.

Smart Home – The Bathroom

The bathroom poses many dangers, slippery floors being on top of the list, the following renovation strategies will help you alleviate these dangers.

  1. Change the taps.  Normal taps can be hard to use and even can lead to accidents such as burns, to take care of this problem install a lever tap which is easy to use.
  2. Remodel facilities in the bathroom like the bathtub and shower which can pose danger to people of any age but especially those with mobility problems. Walk-in tubs and showers can help curb these dangers.
  3. Set up slip resistant flooring, these kinds of floors will ensure that slips that would result in falls do not happen to ensure safety and comfort.

Smart Home – The Bedroom

Renovations explained in other areas of the home will also apply to the bedroom such as the use of motion sensors and smart lighting, here are more ideas to improve the bedrooms comfort and safety.

  1. Buy an appropriate bed, normal beds may prove hard for older people to get in out of, buy a bed that is not too low to the ground which will alleviate the inconvenience and danger a typical bed may pose.
  2. Set up the bedroom on the ground floor if the house is two story, this will reduce the struggle of climbing up and down the stairs.
  3. Set up a stair lift, a stair lift will ensure convenience, accessibility, and safety in your home.

Make your home comfy, secure, safe and appropriate to age in using the listed checklist.