New technology can make life easier
Sunday, 05 August 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
New technology in your home can sometimes leave you feeling overwhelmed by gizmos and gadgets. But if you choose your technology wisely, you can simplify your domestic life rather than clutter your living space with products you don't use.
Here are three simple ways technology can help you streamline your home:
The ability to control your environment is vital to one's comfort level. You may already have a programmable thermostat, but did you know that the latest models come with Wi-Fi, allowing you to control your home's climate from your mobile device?
Not only that, modern thermostat models are so smart, they learn your living patterns and set a schedule for you accordingly.
Everyone is quick to jump at the latest mobile devices when they become available, but when was the last time you updated your landline telephone? New developments in landline technology are making your home phone easier and more convenient to use.
Consider swapping out your older telephone in favor of a modern device with high functionality. For example, Panasonic's new Link2Cell models allow you to make and receive cell phone calls using your cordless telephone system via Bluetooth technology -- whether or not you have landline service. You can even transfer contacts from your mobile phone to the Panasonic cordless handset so you can easily dial your stored numbers.
Synching a mobile phone with your landline allows you to place your cell anywhere in the house that provides the best reception and still roam freely on your landline's cordless handset. You'll also have far better sound quality and peace of mind knowing you won't miss an important call.
Getting your family to help out around the house isn't much fun when it means verbal nagging. But online chore charts can help parents motivate their kids to take responsibility. Completed chores are tracked digitally, and you can connect tasks to allowance and rewards — providing clear incentives through a familiar, palatable medium. There are many options out there, so find the one that works best for you and your family.