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Ideas For A Smarter, More Functional Home

Ideas For A Smarter, More Functional Home

If you’ve ever wanted your home to pamper you a little more, you’re not alone. There are millions of people all over the world who’d like their homes to work a little harder for them. The good news is that thanks to some rather clever innovations, that world is closer than many people think. Here are some ideas for a smart, more functional home.

All-In-One Toasters

Regular toasters are very limited. They’ll do toast and the odd Poptart, but not much more. Things are very different in the commercial market, however. Companies know that restaurant owners need devices that’ll perform lots of functions, just in case their patrons get fussy. As a result, Cuisinart, the kitchen appliance manufacturer is now making a toaster that’ll do all the usual stuff, plus turn into a convection oven or steam oven all with the flick of a switch. Now you really can cook a leg of lamb in the toaster.

Eco-Dishwashers

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Dishwashers are a major source of water usage in most households. And given how precious freshwater is in some areas, many eco-conscious home owners want to reduce their water usage. Doing the dishes by hand every night to save on water might seem a bit extreme to some, which is why a company called KitchenAid has come up with a dishwasher which recycles water. Though it may sound gross, the company behind the product insists that it’s a hygienic method and that there’s nothing wrong with recycling water if possible. The rinse phase of the previous cycle is kept to wash the grime cycle of the next.

Swivel Home Cameras

Anybody with a family or property to protect needs a smart home alarm system. And with so many models on the market, consumers are spoilt for choice. One of the coolest recent developments in the home market is the introduction of swivel home security cameras which can be controlled from a smartphone app. Homeowners can get panoramic views of both the inside and outside of their homes while they’re away.

Dark Alarm Clocks

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With so many gurus telling us that we should eliminate our smartphones from the bedroom, many people have returned to good old-fashioned alarm clocks to get them up in the morning. But there’s a problem: most alarm clocks have light-up displays.

Although, a company called Tivoli has come up with a smart alarm system that looks like it came right out of the 1960s. It has a dark mode which allows users to sleep without a constant glaring light in the background.

Temperature Control Sheets

Have u ever crawled under the sheets feeling warm and snug, only to find out that a few minutes later that it’s too hot and you need to stick a leg out to cool down? Annoying isn’t it?

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Well, now those times might be coming to an end. A company has developed a duvet using NASA technology which adapts to your body heat. When temperatures are low, the duvet holds on to pockets of warm air, keeping you warm. When it’s too hot, it lets those warm pockets go, replacing them with cooler ones.

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Going Green with These Home Maintenance Methods

Going Green with These Home Maintenance Methods

If you’re eco-conscious, making green home improvements might be one of your top priorities. In addition to making long-term improvements, you also need to consider the day-to-day maintenance of your home and how you can make the process greener. The methods you use to maintain your home, and the tasks you do can make a big difference to your green living aims. You might be surprised by how some things can have an impact on the environment. If you want to take care of your home in a greener way, think about some of the following tasks for a more eco-friendly home.

Maintain Your Green Improvements and Appliances

If you have decided to make any home improvements to make your property greener, your efforts shouldn’t end there. You also need to maintain them to ensure that they work to their full potential and to extend their lifespan. Whether you’ve chosen to install a wood burner or solar panels, you need to take care of your green home improvements. If you’ve got an instruction manual, follow the recommendations for regular cleaning and maintenance. If not, you can find plenty of advice for how to maintain various appliances and other home improvements.

 

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Use Green Carpet Cleaning Methods

Carpets can be one of the toughest things to clean on your own. Even though you vacuum them regularly, they can still end up requiring a thorough clean now and then. But if you hire a cleaning company, they could use all kinds of chemicals to get your carpets clean. However, you can find services that use green methods, so you don’t have to worry so much. Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning of the Unifour uses non-toxic and family-friendly carpet cleaning methods. You can find similar services in most areas so you can get your carpets cleaned without worrying about the health or environmental impact.

Buy or Make Green Cleaning Products

It’s not just your carpets that need cleaning. But while your carpets don’t need to be cleaned that often, there are other things in your home that need to be cleaned at least once a week. If you’re not a fan of regular cleaning products, you can look for alternatives that offer a greener experience. You can buy green cleaning products, or if you have the time, you can even make your own. There are lots of natural ingredients, from lemon juice to vinegar, that can make very useful cleaning products.

Maintenance to Save Energy and Water

Doing the right maintenance tasks in your home can help you lead a greener lifestyle by saving energy and water. For example, flushing out your water tank helps to maintain it so you can avoid using too much water and energy. You can keep your air conditioning unit clean so that it doesn’t require so much energy to operate properly. You can even do things like installing a timer on your pool pump.

Keeping your home maintained can be a green process. You just need to make the right moves and use the best methods.

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