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Winter warmers

TECHNOLOGY

WINTER WARMERS

Smart home technology means it’s easy to be sure of returning to a warm and secure house after a long day - a welcoming prospect for the long and dark winter months.

THE SMART SET

Make sure your home is at its most inviting for when you return after a long day by investing in Philips Hue lighting. With its accompanying app, you can set this to turn on the lights before you step through the front door.

Meanwhile, clever tech such as the Nest Learning Thermostat  allows you to warm up your home when you want, even if you’re out and about. After getting to know your routine, this device adjusts the temperature accordingly at various times, meaning the heating is only turned on when you need it –  so it’s not only convenient, but it helps saves energy too. With a hands-free, voice-activated device, such as the Amazon Show, you can efficiently control all of your different smart home gadgets from one handy hub – from dimming or brightening the lights, cranking up the heating or setting up streaming of a film or TV show. All this can be done from the comfort of your sofa, or anywhere else in the house.

YOUR PERSONAL SOUS CHEF

You can also utilise tech in the kitchen to make meals at any time of day fuss-free and ready when you want them. Breakfast will be a breeze with the Sage by Heston Blumenthal Precision Poacher with Sous Vide Cooking – not only will it cook your eggs any way you like, but the delay function means you can put your eggs in the night before and set the machine to prepare them for a time that suits you the next day.

Have your morning pick-me-up ready when you want it, too – the Krups Nespresso Expert Coffee Machine with Aeroccino, for example, syncs with an app which lets you set the time for it to brew your beverage, along with your ideal taste settings.
It’s nice to come home to the aroma of a delicious meal, and a slow cooker like the Russell Hobbs 3.5L model, offers just that. Simply put the ingredients in before you head out for the day, set the timer and anticipate enjoying dinner that’s ready upon your return.

If you don’t fancy venturing off the sofa, you can use the Amazon Show to order a takeaway – and use the Ring video doorbell app to check who’s outside when the doorbell rings.

HOLDING THE FORT

Away from the kitchen and living room, there’s plenty more smart tech options to make your home a safe and welcoming space. If you want to monitor indoors, a security camera like the Nest Cam IQ uses a 4K sensor and high-resolution Full HD imaging to let you see what’s going on, sending alerts to your phone if it detects unusual activity. While the Canary Flex can also be positioned indoors, its weatherproofing and function across very high and low temperatures make it perfect for keeping watch over the outside of your house. Alongside HD 1080p resolution, the camera has powerful night vision, plus it automatically turns on and off as you leave and arrive home, so you don’t have to remember to activate it.

Confident in the knowledge the house is secure, protect your wellbeing by using the Netatmo Weather Station It monitors air temperature and quality, humidity, CO2 and sound levels – so the space is the healthiest and friendliest for you that it can be.