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4 Upgrades To Modernize Your Home

With all the technological advances over the past few years, homes today are higher-tech and more modern than ever. However, not everyone has stayed on top of these new developments; a survey by HomeGoods found that 9% of Americans haven't updated their home decor in more than 10 years, and almost half (47%) haven't in the last five years. If it's been a few years since you've updated your home, you're likely missing out on all the modern, luxurious upgrades you could be making. Check out these four smart upgrades to add to your home this year.

App Integration

Studies show that close to 80% of smartphone owners have them within reach for 22 hours each day. With smartphones becoming more and more involved in daily life, many home systems are being designed with this in mind. Nowadays, just about every home appliance you can think of can be controlled from your phone with the right app, from televisions to cooking equipment.

High-Tech Security

For those worried about protecting their homes, some of these new smart home developments have got you covered. Plenty of security tech options now exist for those looking to keep their houses safe, including security cameras that you can check from anywhere on your phone. Some of these security devices even feature night-vision for 24-hour security.

Outdoor Add-Ons

Smart home upgrades aren't just for indoors. Plenty of options exist nowadays to integrate your outdoor space into your smart, synchronized home. Look for technology that can add to any outdoor entertainment space you may have, like your patio. Everything from grills to fire pits can be started through your mobile devices and other smart technology; just make sure your fire pits are positioned at least 10 feet from any flammable structure or item.

Technology For Wellness

Technology isn't just here to help improve your home; smart home components can also help you take care of yourself. Certain programs and hardware for your home can now detect and monitor everything from air quality and water quality to your adjusting your lighting to match Circadian rhythms. These additions can passively improve your quality of living and promote general health and wellness.

For those looking for technology to more actively get them into shape, many fitness trackers now are capable of integrating with the home, as well as tracking other indicators of overall health: sleep patterns, heart rate, and more. These fitness trackers, combined with smart home add-ons, can help improve your health.

Regardless of what parts of your like you're looking to improve upon, smart home technology can bring your home into the 21st century. If it's been a few years since you've made any major home additions, look into what smart home technology might be available for you. New technology is being released every day, and you might be surprised at just how much smart home technology can make a difference in your daily life.

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