Most family homes today fail to live up to the spec demands that tech-lovers want. There are never enough power sockets in the places that you want them. Very few homes have high-tech lighting or heating controls installed. And why are the TV aerials nowhere near the broadband connectors? If your home is due a refit or a renovation, now is definitely the time to bring it all up to spec.
Kitchens have become very high-tech recently, but many still lack adequate power outlets to meet demand. When you next rip your kitchen out, ask an electrician to install the sockets where they are most useful. You might have a slow cooker and juicer that you regularly use. Why can’t they both be plugged in at the same time? As for your fridge freezer? That may need a water supply for ice as well as a dedicated socket. If you’re installing your own LED kickboard lighters or cabinet strips, you’ll need a hidden socket behind the cupboard too. Don’t forget your ceiling spots and integrated speakers!
Gamers struggle the most when it comes to power supplies. Chances are you’re using a couple of multi-way adapters in your gaming room already. This can become dangerous, so it’s best to ask an electrician to install what you need properly. If you want to illuminate a small gaming desk consider low wattage led strip lights. These will still need to be plugged in, but they won’t generate heat around your consoles or computer equipment.
Your children are undoubtedly using high-tech equipment at home. To protect the equipment, make sure you’re using robust cable tidies. You may also need to protect your kids while they’re online. This might involve using web cams that can be shut down. These can be bulkier than the integrated ones and can easily be knocked over. Low-tech solutions like sticky pads can help to stabilize them and fix them securely. Try to keep the tech they use in one place so you can easily supervise them even when you’re doing other things. This might mean you need to create a small home office or study. A simple partition wall, or even just a sliding door in a frame could be all you need here.
All TVs are smart TVs these days. The trouble is, the further away from your internet hub it sits, the weaker the signal. When you’ve got TVs in every room, this can be a problem. Cut through the interference with a signal booster or re-router. You may need to install a shelf or put up a cabinet to house this. And, of course, you’ll need a dedicated power socket! The loft space can be convenient for this. Try not to use extension cables up there though. A remote controlled socket can be ideal.
Updating your home to better serve your tech is often essential. Even newly built properties often fall short when it comes to providing everything a tech lover might need. App controlled heating, lighting, and sound systems never seem to come as standard. Why not?
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.
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