So you’ve finally found a place of your own and moved out.
Is there anything more exciting?
You can now sing as loud as you want in the shower, and there’s no more hiding wine and snacks from your roommates.
Having your own place allows you to completely immerse yourself in your interests.
Star Wars fan? Go crazy with the posters.
Plant mom? The sky’s the limit for your new green babies. You can, literally, do whatever you’d like.
As you go ahead and fill up your new home with the things that make it ‘you’, we’d like to help. We’ve compiled a list of 10 gadgets you’ll definitely want in your new NYC already furnished apartment by Blueground.
Smart locks top the list due to the utter control and convenience that they offer. These Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled electromechanical locks are slowly making house keys obsolete and are a common feature in most apartments.
By connecting to your smartphone, they allow you to lock and unlock your door by simply tapping your screen. Usually, your lock will come with a compatible mobile app that allows you to control its features in a few clicks. Some can even be paired with Alexa to enable you to control them using your voice.
The more advanced ones also allow remote access, making it possible for you to let cleaning services in while you’re away.
Smart Ductless Air Conditioners
The ability to control indoor temperature plays a crucial role in determining how comfortable you feel in your home. Smart ductless air conditioners take this to a whole other level. These air conditioners are portable and can be mounted to the wall or placed near a window.
Since most smart ACs can be controlled using a mobile app, they allow remote access. This makes it possible to switch it on or off even when you’re away from home.
If you have pets, you’ll love this feature.
Smart Smoke Detectors
Think of the common scenario where you’re out shopping for groceries when a horrible thought suddenly crosses your mind; did I turn off my stove?
You pull out your phone: zero alerts, with relief that you installed those smart smoke detectors your mom kept hounding you to install!
Smart smoke detectors send alerts straight to your phone whenever they go off. This allows you to know what’s going on at home even when you’re away. As with similar gadgets, most smoke detectors use Wi-Fi to connect to your smartphone and the home hub. Should you get a concerning notification while away from home, you can alert emergency services quickly to arrest a potentially serious fire.
The Robot Vacuum
The robot vacuum brings us one step closer to the self-cleaning house. These tiny yet incredibly effective gadgets go around the entire home picking up dust and other particles.
Most come with automatic sensors that keep them from running into walls, knocking down your vases, or even falling down the stairs.
While some robot vacuums may be quite costly, they allow you to map out the rooms in your house on your phone, and allow for schedules of when each room gets cleaned.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better.
After a long day at work, all you want to do is lie on your couch while lazily scrolling through Instagram.
Overall, smart furniture allows you to do just that without worrying about where the nearest power plug is. These sofas and beds come stuffed with USB ports, allowing you to charge your smartphones, tablets, vape pens, and more. A few more advanced features you can enjoy with these items include adjustable headrests, AC outlets, light-up cup holders and touch lighting functions.
The idea behind having a smart home is to have absolute control.
Smart plugs, more than anything else, help accomplish this. These ingenious devices connect to the Wi-Fi network in your home, allowing you to operate them remotely. Some even work with Alexa devices, making it possible for you to get your teapot steaming before you even leave the bed. Amazing!
This is the most obvious part of the list.
While Netflix and many other streaming services work on mobile devices like smartphones and laptops, there’s nothing like watching ‘Game of Thrones’ rerun on a 43 inch smart TV.
Smart TVs connect to the internet, thus can access YouTube, Netflix, and a host of other entertainment platforms, including Spotify and Facebook Watch. Some of the latest models include advanced features such as voice recognition. This means you can just switch channels and search for programs using your voice.
Silent Vibrating Alarm Clocks
Gone are the days when your alarm clock wakes everyone in the house up, even when you’re the only one with an early schedule.
Silent alarm clocks have addressed this problem — these clocks go around your wrist, vibrating and ‘shaking’ you awake when it’s time for you to get up. We just saved your marriage!
Who wants to wait 2 hours for a steak? Instant pots do everything from making cheesecake and cooking pork to steaming rice.
More importantly, however, they accomplish things fast. These pots use pressure cooking technology whereby hot, pressurized steam is used to cook the food. This allows food to cook quickly without getting burnt or dried out.
Portable Home Projectors
If lockdown taught us anything, it’s that staying indoors could be fun. It all depends on how creative you are. Portable home projectors allow you to bring the movie with you wherever you go.
If you have one of these, you can call your friends over to watch old movies, drink wine, and simply bask in the nostalgia for the good old times.
Welcome to the Future!
Whether you live in a rental or are moving into a house you just bought, these gadgets will make your life much easier.
From the convenience of never getting locked out again to having your robot vacuum clean up overnight while you’re fast asleep, this technology belongs in your home.