Your home is your refuge, a place to relax and unwind, to love and to laugh. It is where you can express yourself, in terms of the décor you choose and the contents you opt to fill your home with. Whether that is soft furnishings, technological devices or curious nick-nacks that narrate your life story. Technology is one of the areas of the home which is always evolving and can radically change the way you live your life. 20 years ago, you were bound by TV schedules when it came to watching programs, whereas now TV is accepted as being on-demand and far wider-ranging. If that significant shift has been brought about by technology, what other aspects of your home life could you radically change? We have pulled together some items which you could upgrade your home with, vastly changing your life at the same time.
Soft Closing Hinges
If you already have these, then you know the difference they make to a family home, not least those with smaller children. Adding soft close hinges to cupboard doors means no more slamming and banging as your family navigate the kitchen. Real Homes explores how they are also great in the bathroom on the lavatory seat, a simple nudge will see your toilet seat slowly close as you leave the room. Just do not find yourself assuming everyone has soft close hinges when staying away, you will soon be waking the whole house!
Home heating is changing, it is becoming more efficient, both in terms of fuel consumption and economy. A smart thermostat can help revolutionise your home heating, allowing you to control it remotely. It can also adapt to the temperature in your home, adjust itself to complement the environment. If you do choose to fit one, be aware that taking out additional post-renovation protection is recommended. The breakdown of gas and boiler cover by HomeServe suggests that you should get insurance for your boiler and heating system for peace of mind, and given that your system may be susceptible after having work done, it is advisable to explore that route after installing a new thermostat. It could be frustrating to make a minor change only to see your boiler go down in the weeks afterwards, leaving you with a big bill.
Foot Pedal Sinks
How often have you found yourself trying to turn a tap on with the balls of your hands, having handled raw meat and needed an urgent hand clean? The BBC outline the importance of a good hand wash after handling raw meat, but you must be careful which surfaces you touch prior to washing your hands. Indeed, in the current climate, washing your hands is increasingly important, as is protecting yourself from the spread of germs. A foot-pedal operated sink draws on the technology used in hospitals and gives you the option of turning on the water without touching a tap head at all. Very sanitary indeed. If you enjoyed this article, you might also enjoy another piece from the site, Updating a Plain Toilet Room.