Just like the phones before then, homes are now ‘smart’ too. This is due in no small part to technological advances, which ad quirky and useful modifications to the home. Whether it’s to make chores easier or to assist the ill or elderly, the smart house is quickly picking up speed in its popularity.
Consequently, let’s take a look at the smart house modifications that are becoming available for a longer lasting population.
Surveillance and Security
When it comes to domestic priorities, security is up there, especially for those who are elderly and vulnerable. We used to make do with single sheet windows and locked doors, but intruders can quickly thwart these efforts for privacy. To enforce better countermeasures, smart technology is required, and it works wonders for capturing any cunning criminals that start prying into your property.
Surveillance cameras and motion sensors can be utilised well here. We’re not talking about devices that resemble clunky bricks that prong out of your outer walls in an obvious fashion. Instead, more recent surveillance equipment like the iSmartAlarm can be hidden well and yet record, outsmarting trespassers at every turn. Motion sensors can be fitted to the interior walls and tucked away discretely. Additionally, there’s no monthly fees or contracts to sign, granting full user control over the devices and their home security.
Living longer doesn’t always mean living better, as the elderly can be beset with a host of health issues that impair their movement. Something as simple as cracking open a window or locking a door can be full of hardship for such people. For those who struggle to walk or even get up, what were once easy tasks can now be full of strain.
Still, not every domestic task takes a great deal of effort anymore, and it all really helps an aging population. Even doors can be locked remotely with the aid of Alex and Siri voice recognition, making smart locks function with mere words. Effectively, certain conditions of
a house can change on command, which means those with mobility problems can now live more comfortably for less toil.
Using the standard thermostat to gauge that perfect temperature could be an issue for those living longer. After all, the quality of our eyesight diminishes as we age, which means the tiny numbers on the dial gradually become more and more blurred out with our years. The small and crucial details are out of view for many older folks, but it needn’t stay that way.
Products such as the ecobee 4 exist, smart thermostats that help manage the household temperature across multiple rooms all at once. Like the remote-control locks and windows, the smart thermostat is once again accessible through voice commands, allowing users to adjust temperatures immediately or by a routinely timer. It also has sensors in every room that can detect an occupant, adjusting the temperature automatically for their comfort.