The Best Home Tech To Invest In Right Now

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Technology, as it pertains to the internet of things, has come a long way in the last few years. Still, there is some home technology that is a better investment than other trends that may not live up to the hype.

Here is the home tech that is worth the investment to add convenience plus value to any home.

Kohler Smart Shower System


Kohler's DTV Digital Shower System takes the shower experience to a whole new level. Imagine being able to dial in the precise water, background music, steam level, and lighting design into a shower experience and that is the fingertip control offered here.

With every setting fully customizable through an easy to use, water-proof touch panel--Kohler has thought of everything.

This shower system can be retrofitted for any bath but works best when the shower has been designed as a "wet room." Combine these digital controls with a Kohler "rain" shower kit for an unbelievable spa-like experience in the master bath.

Alexa home hub

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Alexa has many features, but many people are surprised to find out it works great as a smart home controller. Kohler digital devices like the shower system can even be paired with it.

Using Alexa through an Echo device can be configured to power thermostats, speakers, smart TV's, and lighting fixtures. Setting the climate and mood of a room with just voice commands is not only a great party trick--it saves energy as well.

Alexa can be powered through a home's Wi-Fi or a direct Bluetooth connection. New Alexa-enabled devices can be added all the time to scale the smart capabilities of this AI-enabled assistant.

Nest Thermostats

Historic homes, like many of the Spanish-style beauties found in Montecito, California and the surrounding areas can benefit from a more modern thermostat system.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is an excellent choice in digital thermostat selections because it adapts to the owner's schedule and usage habits.

Being able to adjust the temperature using a smartphone, laptop, or tablet from anywhere in the room is another modern convenience that isn't fully appreciated until it's experienced.

Nest currently works with 95% of heating and cooling systems, including gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, oil, hot water, solar and geothermal.

This solution is not only more sensitive to the user's tastes. It's more eco-friendly than legacy thermostats as well.

When it comes to smart home tech, there are a lot of unnecessary devices on the market, but these three choices not only provide the luxury and customization they promise but improve the efficiency and value of the home.



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