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When new home builders put in appliances before selling, they only use the best of the best, which is why they go with the latest smart appliances from LG, Samsung and other popular manufacturers. These high-tech appliances go well beyond simply "getting the job done" to making it more convenient and enjoyable. You can also buy these appliances to fill in the gaps if you buy a home that’s not already fully equipped. Here’s a look at just why these appliances are generating so much interest.
Types of Smart Appliances
Appliances of all kinds have received a big brain upgrade to bring them into modern times.
In new home builds, you may find the latest:
- Clothes washers
If builders go above and beyond in their builds, they may even equip the homes with automatic mops, vacuums and other cleaning equipment.
Top Benefits of Smart Machines
Smart appliances hook to Wi-Fi to let you control their operation and monitor their functions through an app. They are also optimized to operate more efficiently and safely without compromising on convenience and ease of use. With each high-tech device you have in your home, you’ll benefit in the following ways.
Energy efficiency is a huge priority for smart appliance manufacturers. They work hard to make sure their equipment works as intended while maintaining a small carbon footprint. Smart dryers, for example, have sensors that monitor the moisture and end the cycle when the clothes are perfectly dry. Older dryers just run until the timer ends and use more electricity than they need to for every load.
Many smart appliances are built to streamline your day and save you not only money, but time and effort. Smart refrigerators can scan the space for missing items and add them to your grocery list, for example. They can also display your daily calendar and even play songs while you work in the kitchen. Your refrigerator can even let you know that your freezer door was left open, preventing you from having to replace all the items inside.
Ease of Use
Appliances are easier to use than ever, thanks to their intelligent monitoring and auto adjustments. If you have a smart oven, for example, you can set the temp, put the food in and wait for it to tell you the food is ready. It will check the cooking progress at key points and set the temperature to warm once it detects that your meal is cooked to perfection.
With all their sensors and monitoring systems on board, smart appliances can get the job done better than ever before. You simply won’t believe how clean your clothes can get or how moist and decadent your pot roast can be. You just have to trust the system to come through for you and use the right settings for the job at hand.
By providing all these benefits and many more, smart appliances are sure to make you feel like you’ve stepped into the future.
How to Best Enjoy Your Appliances
If you want to get the most out of your intelligent appliances, read the owner’s manual. There’s likely a ton of features that you’ve never seen before – and many are unique to each brand. So, dig through that manual and try out the different functions to figure out how to improve your everyday tasks with help from those devices.
The interior look of your home says a lot about you; it tells of your kind of style, your personality, and your taste. From the living room to the kitchen, to the bedroom, your signature gets imprinted on all the designs used. Every other year, there are new styles and designs for decorating and furnishing your home. This year is no different; and new techniques promise to make for exciting home designs.
Designers and manufacturers are making patterns and fabrics in bolder and captivating colors; the idea is to select designs that are classic and beautiful - at the same time blending with your personal style.
Here are trends and style you should look out for this you for your home decorating:
Boldly Patterned Kitchen Design
Gone are the days where there are specific colors apportioned to a different part of the house, the kitchen all painted in white - looking like a hospital wall. The trend for this year is a kitchen personalized with designs that blend flawlessly into other parts of the home.
More Emphasis on Nature
Using natural items in design and style is on the uprising. Tables made from petrified woods; stools wrapped up in coconut shell beads, chair patterns mimicking a wheat field; everywhere you turn, the design now seems to be screaming nature.
Splashes of Hue
The millennial pink color seems to be the ‘new black,’ the color tone is cropping up everywhere and in most designs. From rugs splashed with this dusty hue to drapery and upholstery, the color doesn’t seem to be going away soon. The color has a flattering look and is thought to have a lasting effect on the mind.
More About Your Personality
The present generation doesn’t seem to have issues embracing their differences; they wear it proudly like a badge. Home designs for this year are more about individual personality and less about what trend is in vogue. More people are buying the idea of various colors and patterns in their homes; they want their homes to have stamps of their personality everywhere you turn. An example is mixing furniture styles from different periods in your living room; it’s considered charming and your personal style.
The style for this year is kicking out simplistic and minimal designs which some consider boring. Welcome bright and bold colors, graphic patterns, embellished, maximalist and hand-crafted designs. Don't be shy about mixing patterns, textures or colors as these are becoming the norm in most homes. Hardware designs are not left out as leather will replace brass and rose gold.
This year’s home decorating trend is all about you. Whatever style suits your personality is what you should have in your home. You can also consult an interior decorator to get a professional opinion.
The last thing you want at the house is a mold problem. Because they are allergens, molds can trigger rash responses in homeowners. It is impossible to permanently terminate mold spores because they are initially floating in the air. They only grow into colonies when they find a spot suitable for them.
Mold is a fungal growth that develops on wet materials or in a damp atmosphere. Though they are essential in nature, they can pose serious health risks and deteriorate your home if they grow indoors.
If your home develops mold problems, it can be tricky and expensive to control. Trying to get rid of the mold may even lead to its spread to other parts of your home without careful mitigation. Mold remediators are the only professionals to help you with this, but why wait for it to get out of hand when you can prevent it?
Since you can't permanently displace the airborne spores, and you certainly want to save money, mold prevention should be your next line of thought.
Here are the best ways to prevent mold infestation in your home:
Get a regular roof inspection
Molds arise as a result of excessive moisture from leaks and cracks. The roof is a critical component of the house often overlooked until there is a significant reason to attend to it, but this shouldn't be so. Carrying out routine roof inspections will reveal hidden leaks and holes in your roof where water seeps in. You also get to find out if there are parts of your roof that need to be fixed before they become serious issues that may even lead to roof replacement.
Seal off all holes and cracks
Whenever you find any hole or crack that can serve as a passageway for water in your roof, walls or other places water isn't supposed to penetrate, it's important to seal it up. Ensure the cracks are properly caulked, so the water is kept out entirely from causing damages. If you have a leaking faucet in your kitchen, you should get it fixed too because water damages to the wooden parts of the kitchen cabinets can accommodate these messy molds.
As you now know, mold spores are ever present in the atmosphere within your home. With suitable fungi disinfectants, you can control them before they get out of hand.
Keep your home's temperature stable
Because molds can only thrive in a moist environment, it is essential to keep your home moderately dry and cool. Make sure the rooms get proper ventilation and the right amount of sunshine because direct sunlight prevents mold growth. If you use a smart thermostat, set your home to be between 68°F and 72°F.
You have heard it said that the eyes are the window to the soul, for your home, the front door is the entrance to its heart. A quick and easy way to up your curb appeal without much expense is to highlight your front door. Here are some simple projects you can do even if you are not too handy.
Keep it clean
Doors take a beating. They carry grubby hand and paw prints, marks from shoes and boots, grime from wind, rain, and sun exposure. Clean your door based on its material and surface. Wash down a wood door with a wooden floor cleaner and a soft sponge. Wipe a painted wood or metal surface with an all-purpose cleaner. Once you have the dirt and dust removed, give a wooden door some love with a furniture polish or citrus- based oil. Remove fingerprints and polish the metal hardware.
Give it a new color
If cleaning it is not enough to give it new life, painting a door is an afternoon project. Choose a darker or deeper hued color so that you do not have to prime it. Alternatively, if you want that bold lemon yellow or sunset orange, buy a primer-based exterior paint, and give it two good coats. Pick a feel-good color that makes your home a stand-out success but does not clash with the rest of your home.
Upgrade the hardware
Changing out your standard knob for a lever or latch, or a rusty metal plate for a new satin finish is a low-tech way to upgrade your door. Alternatively, consider hiring a locksmith to install an entryway keycode or a video doorbell option that adds safety and security to your home. If your home has a historic vibe, add a charming and unique door knocker or another adornment to up its attraction.
Give your door some décor
Brighten up your entry with a seasonal wreath that you can replace as you move from spring to summer, fall to winter. Buy one pre-made or take a class at your local hobby store and make your own.
Spruce up the entryway with a cheerful, inviting doormats too. A charming floral or welcome mat greets your guests and gives them a place to wipe off the dirt, keeping it out of your house.
If you are looking for ideas to brighten up your entrance, ask your realtor about what is trending in your community.
Everyone had something ugly in their yard that they want to hide. For many, it’s the oversized trash bins that don’t really fit in the garage but are big and distracting when left out. Others may have utility boxes that mar your lovely landscaping. In some cases, it’s lawn equipment or gardening tools that don’t have a place you can tuck them away.
Here are some ideas of ways to hide your ugly stuff and beautify your home.
If your oversized cans must be outdoors, create a trellis enclosure to surround them. Place pots with climbing plants such as ivy and trumpet vine along the sides so that they grow up and over the trash cans. However, remember to leave enough space for you to open the lids conveniently.
Another option for trash bins is to make a raised planter box that rises above the cans. Plant bright annuals, vegetables, or succulents in the box.
To cover a utility box, vent pipe, or other smaller eyesore, purchase a faux stone or cluster of rocks to set on the street-side of it. Surround it with flowering plants or small bushes to give it a more pleasing look.
Disguise utility boxes with raised beds and fill them with taller perennials such as Iris or Agapanthus. The beautiful blooms distract from the ugly utility boxes and hide them in plain sight.
When a full toolshed is not an option, hide your tools in a patio chest. These chests double as extra seating for entertaining and can even hold a small lawnmower if necessary.Or, create a hideaway cabinet under the deck landing. Just wrap the area with siding to match the deck, add access doors and voila, your tools are hidden in an area that looks like it was meant to be there.
When you have a wood-burning fireplace but don’t know where to store the logs, build a bench seat similar to a crate and stack the wood under it. Use the bench for extra seating or as a display shelf for your favorite potted plants.
Use two pillars of your patio cover to stack the logs between, but place lattice on the patio side to hide the wood. Hang planters from the trellis to create a walled garden to bring cheery greenery to your patio area while hiding the logs.
Hide your hose in a lovely pot situated near to the faucet. Most garden centers and DIY hardware stores offer choices specially designed to keep unruly hoses in check.
Whatever the problem area, you can find a way to keep it hidden from view with a little ingenuity and effort. Doing so improves your home’s curb appeal and increases your enjoyment of your outdoor living space.