COOKING IS A SNAP
Snap a photo of a barcode on a prepackaged meal and cooking instructions are sent to your oven or microwave, automatically. All you have to do is put the meal in the oven and press start! Or, if you need inspiration for using up pantry items, scan the barcode for recipe suggestions. Look for Whirlpool’s Scan to Cook.
Open doors with a fingerprint or even by mere proximity to your smartphone. No more fumbling for keys or struggling to fit a key into the lock. You can even check when you’re away to be sure you DID lock up! Family members can have an electronic key and, in combination with a video-equipped module, seniors can check to see who is at the door (from a smartphone or tablet), before deciding to answer of unlock the door. Look for Kwikset Kevo, August Smart Lock, Ring Video Doorbell.
LIGHTING AND OUTLETS
Smart lights can be set to turn on from your phone, at certain times, or even motion detecting lights to reduce tripping hazards at night. Some smart plugs include remote controlled dimmer settings, making it easy to adjust lighting without leaving your chair. Look for D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Belkin WeMo, Caséta Wireless Lutron.
Adjust the temperature from your smartphone. Set a schedule or have the temperature adjust based on where you are in the house, instead of where your thermostat is located. Look for Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell.
NO MORE DUST BUNNIES
Robotic vacuum cleaners can now be controlled from a smart-home hub and programmed to begin remotely, or at set times. Unfortunately, none of them empty the dust bin into the garbage unassisted… yet. Look for iRobot Roomba, EcoVacs Deebot.
You can count on an SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) to guide you through the process of buying or selling your home, making the transaction less stressful and more successful!