How home automation can help you with daily tasks
A few months ago, I injured my back while moving apartments. Since I live alone, not only did I have to adjust how to walk or sleep as to avoid pain, but also how to carry out day-to-day tasks around the rooms. For example, getting up and turning off the lights, adjusting the thermostat in a place like Texas, and even cleaning became challenging duties. Luckily, with the help of my physical therapist, I was able to find ways to automate certain tasks so that I could lead a normal life.
When you think of home automation, many people consider it to be limited to turning off your lights or locking your door. However, it’s much more complex than that. You don’t need everything to be hooked up to Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri digital assistants. Just having separate devices that make your life easier is another way to approach certain tasks.
For me, getting a learning thermostat, smart plugs, and a robot vacuum made the biggest difference. I’m going to walk you through exactly what I did so that if you’re recovering from an injury, have limited mobility, or just want to make certain chores easier, you can do so without breaking the bank.
If you live in a hot climate – and an old apartment building – you’ll notice that you must constantly adjust the thermostat every few minutes. For example, at night it usually gets quite cool in Texas so I would be freezing because the built-in monitor would keep blowing cold air even then. Luckily, the Nest Learning Thermostat solved this issue because it figured out at what temperature I liked and when I liked it. I didn’t need to constantly get up, in pain, to fiddle with what the building provided. The Nest Learning Thermostat has several models, but I bought mine for roughly $200.
Turning off lights with the help of Alexa is even easier to accomplish and costs much less. I was able to get a pack of four Gosund smart plugs for less than $30. Since I just used them to turn off the lamps around the two rooms in my apartment, it made life much easier. The lamps I have feature switches at the top, so it’s a little hard to reach them. Just by telling Alexa to turn off the plugs, it turned off all the lights. This made getting ready for bed that much easier and meant that I could rest more.
Cleaning any space is probably the most important task and the most strenuous. Studies show that a clean apartment not only improves health but also lifts spirits. The act of vacuuming and mopping requires a lot of physical effort, especially when it comes to reaching under furniture and removing stains f