How to Upgrade Your Home Technology in 2020



How to Upgrade Your Home Technology in 2020

A new year is an opportunity for new leaves to be turned in your life. You may be in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions, promising to cut down on eating fatty foods, or to stop drinking. You may also take that opportunity to work harder at work, to push for a promotion, or to change your career. 

In the world of technology, the changes that you’re able to make can also have a profound effect on both your career and the way in which you live your life – and making the necessary upgrades to get there is the purpose of this short guide. 

New Tech

The first exploratory stage in your upgrading journey is to look at the new technology that’s being released by some of the most important and exciting technological developers – and to decide whether these upgrades are suited to you. This covers all areas, but perhaps the most exciting home technology set to hit the market involves the ‘smart home’ and the ‘internet of things’.

Both of these emerging fields are set to get larger and to become more sophisticated in the coming decade – and it’s likely that many of us will be enjoying the benefits of domestic digital helpers in the coming years whether that’s in the form of a Google Home helper, or in smart technological additions like smart speakers or smart televisions, is up to you. 

All you need to consider is what will make your life easier and more enjoyable in this new decade. 

Protection

Will all new technologies comes new risks, and the risks from smart and connected devices is that your network could become breached, exposing a great deal of your technology to the worrying effects of malware and viruses, as well as phishers who are searching for personal data that they can then use to infiltrate your accounts and steal your details. 

The simple and elegant solution to your home security provisions in the digital world is to onboard a simple yet effective and robust antivirus software to help you protect all of the data that you store on your home devices. These systems operate in the background, and enable you to simply relax with the peace of mind that you’re protected from the threats that are present across the internet, including from websites you visit and emails that you open. 

Looking to Software

When you think of upgrading your home technology, it’s likely that you imagine the devices you’ve always longed to own. But the simple fact is that you require top-notch software in order to run these devices most effectively in the digital age – and this software can be onboarded for free – or at a small fee – to make your life a good deal easier. 

Many of the most important packages of home technology software can help you plan out your domestic life, by following a calendar upon which you plan all of your important engagements and events. This can be synced across all of your devices, in order for you to remain in the loop whether you’re at home, in the office, or out and about on your daily errands. It’s also important that you use the cloud in your home – allowing you to sync plenty of files across all of your devices, with your network therefore less vulnerable to data losses with all of your important documents sorted instead in the cloud. 

Core Devices

Devices are still important, though – and the core devices that you use in your home are perhaps the most important of all. This usually consists of a personal smartphone and a PC or laptop. You may share these devices with your working life – using them both for socializing and for work. If that’s the case, these devices truly represent a portal into most of your life – and as such it would make total sense for you to invest in the best-possible model to facilitate this breadth of use.

Meanwhile, a smartphone is your portal into the world of apps – whether social media profiles or working programs – that can help you become more organized, and to live a more fulfilled life. If you’re operating with a poor smartphone that’s a little on the aged side, it might be time to upgrade this, too. The faster the device, the more battery power it maintains, and the more apps it can run, the more useful it will be for your life in the long run of time. 

Integrating Solutions

As you may well be aware, technology needn’t be in the form of a phone, a television or a game console – it’s also something that you can integrate into most of your life. Many of these innovations may fit into the ‘smart home’ category of technology – like smart heating, which you can control and regulate from your phone, or smart showers and baths, which you’ll likewise be able to control from your devices.

But there are also small additions that can really help you relax in your home with all of the latest technology working to help you and your family all year-round. You can find security systems with integrated technology to help you monitor your home’s security, or light-control systems, which allow you to control not only your indoor electric lights, but also your blinds and windows, too. This kind of integrated technology can help your home become more comfortable in 2020 and beyond.

Switching Off

Bear in mind, at the conclusion of this article, that technology does not equate to peace and happiness – and, as you’ll be aware, the constant barrage of notifications and alerts we experience from our various social media and email accounts can actually serve to cause stress within our homes. The tip here is to be prepared to switch everything off, leave work in the office and responsibilities at your living room door, so that you can peacefully enjoy the interior of your home, tech-enabled or otherwise, without the stress of unread emails and unclicked notifications rattling in your mind. Switch off, relax, and enjoy your time at home with a combination of great tech and that all-important ‘off’ button, too. 

These tips, provided to help you make the most of your home technology, can help you work, live and play better in the 2020s and beyond.