So much has changed over the past decade. Home Tech is an important part of homes both new and old. This post is not a comprehensive look at tech in homes but a reminder that we live aware of tech in our homes and the homes we visit. By now most of us have seen countless numbers of videos from Ring doorbells and the likes. These modern tech door bells record and notify owners of the presence of visitors both welcome and unwelcome.
Some have taken the entry level tech further and applied it throughout their homes. This means the show at the door may continue as you walk through the home. Inside our homes we can now program our thermostats, ovens, washer and dryers to obey our commands from our phones. We can lock and unlock our homes from miles away all the while taking a peak at visitors who are dropping off packages or walking within range or our live camera feeds.
We have Wifi for our phones, computers, TV and other tech devices. We can talk to our wifi via google or amazon or other devices. Just a voice command can dim or turn off the lights, cause the shades in our windows to lower for privacy, adjust the thermostat or start mood music. We know and enjoy the benefits. Here are some things to think about as we are learning to live in our homes with Tech.
1. Keep track of the paperwork needed to connect your tech. You may need it sooner than you think.
2. Create a list of your user names and passwords so that if you sell your home you can easily prepare it for the new owners by removing your personal info and replacing it with a dummy setup ie. Username: Username, Password: Password. Now they will be able to access it and change the username and password to fit their needs.
3. Protect your Tech from storm damage. As much as possible make sure your tech is plugged into a surge protector. Many tech devices are very sensitive.
4. When it comes to tech, we all have a habit of setting something up and forgetting to maintain it. New versions of our devices may make them work better together with other devices or may address problems we have been having. Be aware of the new versions of tech devices our providers bring to market. As an example: the original Ring doorbells did not work with many already installed door bells. The new versions have addressed this issue and now when someone rings your door bell it not only rings on your phone but also in your home.
5. Finally, make sure tech is serving you not you serving tech. Not everything in your home needs to be connected. It would be a waste of money and time to buy high tech devices that you wind up using very little or not at all. You may not want Siri or Alexa listening to your home conversations and you may enjoy turning your own music on and adjusting your single downstairs thermostat all by yourself. That's fine. Make sure Tech is serving you not the other way around.