In the modern home, technology and wellness are two concepts that blend together to offer each family member the comfort and peace of mind they deserve. If you’re passionate about tech and innovative home appliances, there has never been a better time to go shopping: the smart home trend is bigger than ever, companies are challenging themselves to come up with new concepts and many groundbreaking technologies are now actually affordable.
Innovation in home appliances can not only make your life easier and help you save money, but also help you stay healthier and focus more on your wellness. Technology needn’t distance us from ourselves and force us to live a hectic lifestyle. In fact, thanks to the following five innovations, you can take control of your health and turn your home into an oasis of wellness and inspiration.
1. Air Purifiers
If you live in a big city, you’re probably all too familiar with dust, smoke and other signs of air pollution, and you feel much safer inside, breathing in the soothing aroma of your scented candles. However, the indoor air quality in most American homes leaves much to be desired and is in many cases worse than outside. According to a recent EPA study, indoor air quality ranks in top 5 environmental risks to public health and indoor air pollution levels are up to 5 times greater than outdoor pollution, even if you might not sense it.
The biggest culprit is old furniture manufactured before 2006, but the ingredients in air fresheners and scented candles are too blame as well. Enter the air purifier: the appliance that can make your air healthier by removing toxic particles in the air and making it safer to breathe. Air purifiers are as a must-have investment especially if you have children in your home or family members who suffer from asthma. Even if the air inside your home may seem fine, remember that the harmful effect of indoor pollution may take years to appear, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
2. Sleep Monitor
Irregular sleeping patterns are some of the most common circadian rhythm disorders. Whether they’re caused by a bad diet, a busy work schedule or a pre-existing health condition, irregular sleeping patterns can take a toll on your health, so it’s important to try to restore the balance. Although there are several apps out there that claim to monitor and improve your sleep, they are not as effective as a sleep monitor, which includes an app as well as a device you can add between the sheets and the mattress.
This device tracks your heartbeat and sleep phases, and when you wake up in the morning you will see detailed stats. To wake up in a healthy, gradual way, the app that comes with the sleep monitor will play soothing sounds and light up gradually, mimicking the look of a sunrise.
3. Coffee Maker With Grinder
If you’re like most people, you simply can’t start your day properly without a good cup of coffee. Unfortunately, the coffee you buy in shops is either really bad quality and unhealthy, or good quality, but overpriced. Investing in your own coffee maker with a built-in burr grinder can offer you the perfect balance between an intense, full-bodied flavor and all the health benefits that coffee has to offer. Because you will be buying your own coffee beans and grind them yourself, you’ll know for sure that the coffee you enjoy every morning is pure and free of additives. It’s true that a state-of-the-art coffee maker with grinder costs more, but it actually pays for itself in the long run, and if you compared its price with how much you spend for Starbucks every month, you’ll see that it’s actually a smart investment for your health and budget. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy your morning cup of coffee relaxed, in the comfort of your home, instead of wasting time waiting for your order to arrive.
4. Smart Slow Cooker
Slow cookers are a great way to eat healthier, home cooked meals, but their biggest downside is that on the days you use them, you have to stay at home and make your schedule around them. If you have a busy life and long commute, you’ll only take out the slow cooker every couple of months and rely on fast food as usual.
With a smart slow cooker, this can change. Offering the same health benefits as a regular slow cooker, this smarter counterpart comes with one extra advantage: you can program it using an app even when you’re on the go, check on the temperature and adjust the settings from your phone, so that when you get home, a warm and healthy home-cooked meal will be waiting for you.
5. Smart Thermostat
Traditional thermostats are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Their new and improved smart version regulates the temperature in your home without you having to get up from the couch, offering you a plethora of cool features that integrate with other smart appliances.
For example, if you have an Alexa, you can simply tell it to adjust the temperature. Smart thermostats also monitor indoor humidity, send energy usage reports and create a personalized heating and cooling routine. Needless to say, you can turn them on and off from your app, so that when you get home, the temperature is exactly the way you want it.
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