In a previous blog post, we talked about smart technology and the rise in its popularity lately. Now homeowners can even install smart appliances in their house! I know the idea of a “smart appliance” is a strange one, but there are a number of features that make them smart. My favorites are how you can connect to them with your smartphone via Wi-Fi and control settings, turn them off and on, and see when they are done with their cycle.
Washers and Dryers
Most modern washers and dryers are energy and water efficient. However, a smart washer and dryer does much more than that. You can check to see how much longer the cycle has and can even set up notifications to be sent to your phone when your clothes are ready. If you forget to start your load, you can start it from your smartphone and you can even stop it from your phone as well.
These appliances can be so smart that they estimate the cook time and intensity for what you are heating up! This can prevent you from biting into a frozen meal or overcooking your food and drying it out. Many smart microwaves can be controlled from your smartphone and some virtual assistants have voice commands that can start and stop the microwave.
Smart refrigerators are very energy efficient as they are much better at accurately measuring internal temperatures and managing cooling cycles than traditional fridges. Often times, smart refrigerators have a video screen that can be activated on the door, or even shown on your smartphone, so you do not have to open the fridge to see whats inside (saving energy costs) and also allowing you to check from the grocery store to see if you are out of milk.
These are just a few of the available options for smart appliances. Nowadays you can buy smart blenders, ice makers, and even ovens that allow you to turn off and on the oven from afar. Can’t remember if you turned the oven off? Easy, you can check from your smartphone. Don’t want to get up to turn on the oven? Problem solved, turn it on from your smartphone. As these become more common in houses, expect even more connective versions of these smart appliances beyond what we can even imagine.