Over the past decade, advances in technology have forever changed how we maintain and manage our homes. From energy-saving lights that turn off when the room is empty, to fully automated and integrated “smart home” management systems, there is truly an efficiency solution for every home and every personal preference. Below is a list of some of the top home automation and efficiency tools and products for 2015:
Kitchens – The Automated “Heart” of the Home
What is the first thing you notice when you walk into a kitchen? If you answered the appliances, you would be in agreement with over 85 percent of homebuyers. Awesome appliances make an elegant statement with their color, design, functionality, and state-of-the-art technology features; they make life easier and they define the ebb and flow of the modern kitchen. If you are looking to amp up your kitchen’s usability and efficiency, consider these options:
- Refrigerators: Opening up a world of options for communication and entertainment, the 4-Door Samsung refrigerator with an 8-inch Wi-Fi Enabled LCD allows you to access the Internet, track the contents of the refrigerator, check the news and weather, or use apps and connect to a wide range of other Samsung smart devices. If you have a large family or like to be well stocked up for entertaining, the sleek, stainless Samsung 4-Door will hold up to 28 bags of groceries.
- Built-In Coffee Machines: Do your taste buds desire a freshly brewed cup of java, an espresso, cappuccino, or macchiato? Innovative, sleek and highly efficient built-in coffee machines free up counter space and streamline the look of the any kitchen. What’s more, most are programmable so that you can enjoy your morning pick-me-up as quickly as possible.
- The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen: If you hate being trapped in a hot kitchen while the rest of the family and friends are outdoors lounging around the pool and sipping a beverage in the shade, an outdoor kitchen with the latest in technology advances can making summer cookouts and barbecues a joy. Kalamazoo offers the ultimate in outdoor kitchen appliances including the world’s finest hybrid grill that confidently cooks with any combination of wood, gas and charcoal; talk about making life in the sun easier!
- Automated Home Brewing: Do you want a beer with your pizza? If you are a fan of beer, like the creativity of making your own and impressing your friends, the fully automated Brewie is the world’s first fully automated home brewing system. Easy to use for both novices and experts, the uniquely streamlined design fits right on your kitchen counter top. With a 4.3 touch screen, its easy to program, and you can access it with your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Home Entertainment
- The choice of high tech home entertainment centers is seemingly endless; you are only limited by your imagination and your budget. From completely high-tech systems to innovative television consoles, the options are truly amazing.
- If you want all the high-tech features of a big-screen television but don’t want it to dominate your décor when not in use, the transparent television designed by Michael Friebe is an impressive combination in advanced technology and conventional LCD. The picture quality is outstanding, and the transparent screen allows the television to blend into the background when not in use.
- For a truly epic home entertainment sound system, look no further than Klipsch. The company creates sound systems that are both beautiful and highly functional; many of their models come with exclusive technology that minimized distortion for a sound quality that unlike any other.
From built in LED lights that sense water temperature and water pressure, to apps for your smartphone that can draw a bath, turn your shower into a steam room, start a load of laundry or stream the morning news to be viewed in your bathroom mirror, the gadgets and gizmos available to enhance the plumbing features of the modern home are ever-evolving.
- Hands-Free Faucets: Designed with functionality as well as hygiene in mind, hands-free faucets are available for both kitchen as well as bathroom designs. During winter flu and cold season, don’t worry about your family spreading germs and bacteria; turn water on and off with just a wave of your hand. Simple. Affordable. Efficient.
- Going Solar: Photovoltaic roof shingles are the ideal option for homeowners that wish to capture the free energy of the sun but do not want the look of solar panels to detract from their home’s roof design. By adding solar shingles to your roof you will help protect the environment, save energy, and create a limitless supply of hot water for your entire household needs, even during a power outage. For more information, visit: Dow Powerhouse, CertainTeed Solar or DSIRE.No matter what your home automation of efficiency needs may be, finding ways to make your home work for you and to make your life a little easier is the name of the game. With so much to enjoy and do in La Quinta and the surrounding area, the less time you have to spend working on and in your home means more time out and about enjoying life with the people you love.
- When searching for luxury real estate in La Quinta California, rely on a La Quinta real estate agent who knows the features and character of each these communities. Contact La Quinta real estate agent Scott or Patty at Doyle Properties, and they will help you find the La Quinta home perfect for you and your luxury lifestyle.