WASHINGTON – Builders are equipping new homes with advanced technology as a way to differentiate their product from the competition. The question is whether the appliances and devices are cutting edge or a decade behind. Here are five that are turning heads in 2023.
1. Advanced security. Floodlight cameras and 24/7 monitoring go without saying, but the latest innovation in home security is the smart door. LED motion lighting, a video doorbell, and a smart lock are included.
2. Home health. Many are keeping a closer eye on indoor air quality since COVID-19. That’s why demand for whole-home air purification and humidifiers has been rising. Appliances work in conjunction with a home’s HVAC system to eliminate airborne bacteria and keep humidity levels in check. High-tech versions feature wi-fi touchscreens and are compatible with voice-activated assistants.
3. Home office. With nearly 18 percent of people working from home, floor plans that include dedicated workspaces are popular. Built-in work stations, upgraded technology packages, additional data/teleports, and USB charging outlets are attractive.
4. High-tech kitchen. A microwave that sends a phone notification when a meal is ready is a slick feature, but smart technology goes beyond appliances. The kitchen faucet is the latest fixture to get the smart treatment—tell it how much water you need and your desired temperature for hands-free operation.
5. Smart(er) thermostat. The latest generation of smart thermostats offers the same energy-saving features as previous models, such as remote operation and the ability to learn your preferences and daily routine, but also comes with more bells and whistles. Remote sensors detect temperatures in other rooms to help maintain an even temperature throughout the home. Also, new models are voice-activated and integrate into a smart-home hub.