• Household tech is on the rise, leading to saved time and convenience. This surge of home automation technology is not only fun but also when used correctly allows us to increase our daily productivity dramatically. Here are five ‘smart’ home items to consider in order to boost your productivity during this spring season:

    Pressure cooker

    Time is money, even around your household. Pressure cookers save energy too. The biggest draw is the amount of time saved, where trapped steam is how all food items take a fraction of the time to cook. Even better is that food is more nutritious when cooked in a pressure cooker. Research shows that food cooked in a pressure cooker has more preserved nutrients than food that is steamed or boiled – nutrients can’t escape through steam since the steam is trapped. See best pressure cookers.

    Alexa

    Did you know that Alexa is quite a useful kitchen assistant? Voice activated systems are one way to turn your home into a smart home. She can keep grocery lists, convert units on recipes, keep multiple timers at once, tell certain coffee makers when to make coffee, control certain smaller appliances and cooking devices, and even control larger appliances like your oven and refrigerator. See all household smart products that can work in tandem with Alexa.

    Smart Sprinklers

    If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, then you need a smart sprinkler. It’s convenient to control your sprinklers with an app, and you benefit from the smart sprinkler’s ability to monitor whether that saves you money in the case of rainy days. In fact, some smart sprinklers can even determine how fast water will evaporate from your yard and when to water accordingly, based on what you tell it about your yard. They can even measure root depth and inches of water per hour. See the best smart sprinkler systems.

    Adjustable bases

    Increased productivity also comes from more quality sleep, where adjustable bases for beds is another smart feature to take advantage of. As a solid metal structure that acts as a movable foundation for your mattress, the concept of adjustable bases has been around for a long time. Nowadays, they are more common and accessible to anyone interested in one for his or her own home, versus just for specific medical or therapeutic reasons in a hospital setting. Adjustable beds come with a convenient remote and can relieve chronic pain, make breathing easier, minimize swelling, and provide alternatives for those who can’t sleep in a flat position. Memory foam and latex mattresses are a top choice to use with an adjustable base since they are most compatible.

    Skybell HD

    Try this video doorbell that conveniently captures on video anyone who approaches your front door and speaks to this person in real time, right on your cell phone, even if you are not at your house. The HD version has the colour night vision feature, integrates with a number of third-party smart home devices, and also offers cloud storage for the video feed.

    While the initial adaptation and education on smart technology can seem daunting to some, the payoff is high in terms of how smart technology can transform your daily living. Let home automatic technology work for you, do some of your thinking for you, and ultimately save you time, money, and energy on mundane daily tasks that you can instead put to better use.

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