Whether you are looking to remodel a home that you’ve lived in for years, or have just bought a new property, there are plenty of ways to enhance your remodeling project. It’s not all about ripping up carpets, removing old wallpaper or replacing dated kitchen cabinets. Consider adding some high-tech gadgets to improve your home altogether. Smart devices not only look sleek, but they also allow homes to function better.
The following gadgets can greatly improve your next remodeling project:
1. Echo Show (Available for Pre-Order)
Though this Amazon device hasn’t been released yet, it seems to be loaded with some amazing bells and whistles. Like the Echo, it will use Alexa, the voice service that provides device interactivity. But, unlike the Echo and Echo dot, the Echo Show will feature a voice-enabled screen that will display a number of tasks. These include showing the following picture displays: local weather forecasts, photos, videos (such as YouTube), video lyrics and video surveillance (with linked indoor and outdoor cameras).
The Echo Show will also perform hands free voice calls (however, the call recipient must have either the Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App for this feature). And like the Echo, the Echo Show will be able to sync with home automation devices to provide the remote management of smart thermostats, lights, appliances and door locks.
2. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro replaces the standard, boring doorbells that equip most homes. What it does is provide a motion-activated camera that alerts homeowners of when someone is at the door. The live, wide-angle HD footage (which can be recorded and stored onto the Cloud) can be remotely viewed on the user’s smartphone or tablet.
With two-way video, it’s easy to communicate with any visitor. Combined with affordable home security systems such as ADT (ADT costs around $1 per day), homes can be monitored both inside and out. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is compatible with most iOS and Android devices—so long as the app is downloaded and there is Internet connectivity.
3. Kwikset Kevo (2nd Gen)
We’ve all experienced the hassle of trying to unlock the door when our hands are full of groceries and other items. The Kwikset Kevo smart deadbolt lock changes all of that. It’s an easy-to-use Bluetooth smart lock that operates by touch and is powered with a smartphone. This 2nd generation model is compatible with Amazon Alexa (that feature requires the Kevo Plus Hub). The Kwikset Kevo also has other smart home capabilities, some of which include the Ring Doorbell and Nest Learning Thermostat.
4. Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation
A home thermostat regulates the internal temperature of the home, whether it is on heat or cool. Each degree directly impacts utility costs, so any homeowner knows the importance of setting the thermostat to a decent temperature. But things do happen—someone may forget to lower the heat before leaving or the temperature wasn’t adjusted before going to bed. The Nest Learning Thermostat is one smart cookie. It actually learns what temperatures are preferred and what set times. And there is also a remote control feature, which allows you to remotely use a smartphone or tablet to control the thermostat. The Nest Learning thermostat does work with Amazon Alexa for voice service.
5. Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener
The Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener allows you to remotely open the garage door using your smartphone. It can be used with any garage door opener made after 1993, with tracks featuring safety sensors. With it, you can receive alerts and notifications, such as when the garage door is opened or closed—so there’s no more questioning whether you’ve closed the garage door on your way out. It’s a garage door opener that makes life easier while providing peace of mind.