In such a high-tech world, there are some items that are increasingly becoming must-haves in the family home. Technology has revolutionised not just our work lives, but evidently our home lives as well in various shapes and forms. TV, DVD player, and iPod dock – check. Fire alarm, smoke alarm, and air conditioning – check.
Here then, are five more items that you may not have considered as must haves in your home today:
“It Beats…as it Sweeps…as it Cleans”
Thus was the slogan for the Hoover vacuum cleaner in 1919. Nowadays, you can say goodbye to the suction tube, the body on wheels, and the need to endlessly labour around your house picking up specks of dust. Robot vacuum cleaners are the new must for the modern household. Robot vacuum cleaners mostly come in circular shapes and by all accounts, are quite a cute little thing. Simply charge, press a button, and watch it go around your house. New models range from $300 to upwards of $1000. It’s worth it when you think of all the time and energy you will save!
“Quick, make more ice!”
If you’ve ever feared the above situation, perhaps when you’re hosting a party on a hot summer’s day, you should seriously consider investing in a refrigerator with an icemaker. Not only is an icemaker a cool thing to have in your house (in more ways than one), you might also find it very useful. We’re talking not just for beverages, but also to put in an ice box on a day out, to freeze fish, and so on. If you’ve just bought a new non-icemaking fridge, never fear – you can buy a standalone icemaker!
“I hate everyone seeing that photo of me when they visit”
Digital photo frames have made their way into the modern family home in the last decade and look here to stay. The premise is simple: instead of having one photo propped up for all your guests to see, why not a scrolling collection of 50, or 100, or even 500 or 1000? Like vacuum cleaners, icemakers, and other technological items for the home, digital photo frames started off in the shops at a hefty price. Today, you can easily find one for less than $50.
“When you’ve got cold feet…to go to the bathroom”
Radiant floor heating is where a system supplies heat directly to the floor via infrared radiation. In simple terms, it’s how your bathroom floor can be heated come those chilly winter months when you want to take a shower but don’t want to step on the cold, tiled floor. Radiant floor heating is increasingly more affordable and almost a pre-requisite for new homes. Why not install it in yours today for some added comfort?
“You don’t even need to press”
If you happen to have kids that often get their hands dirty, this one is a must-have. An automatic sensor soap dispenser used to be reserved for places like Japan and super high-tech hotels. Today, you can buy one from the supermarket for $20. They are a lot of fun to play with, ensuring your kids will actually want to take some soap rather than just washing their hands with water.
About the Author
Danielle Atkins is a university student and freelance writer who is interested in real estate and new technologies. She has recently been browsing land packages in Campbelltown in her spare time.