Home Innovations That Are Genuinely Helpful

Every year companies come out with new and innovative products that make home life easier and better. These innovations include everything from touch and hands-free kitchen faucets to toilets that clean faster and more easily, to smart thermostats that you can activate with the sound of your voice! Is your home missing out? Let's take a closer look at these cool technologies that you can get for your home.

Home Innovations

Is your home missing out on some great innovations?

In the Kitchen

Anyone who does any work in the kitchen, is a serious chef, or a microwave pro, knows that when you are at the sink, hands-free operation of the kitchen faucet is awesome.

Two prominent hands-free technologies that are available are Delta Touch2O touch activated faucets, and Moen MotionSense faucets. Both of these options allow you to approach your faucet with hands covered in the messiest goop—think meatloaf mix, mud from the garden, the puffy slime recipe you just made with the kids—and not spread the mess.

Touch activated faucets allow you to tap almost anywhere on the faucet (with the back of your hand, your elbow, the tip of a finger, or even the tip of your nose if you wanted) and you can turn the water on and off.

Motion activated faucets give you the freedom to just wave your hand in front of a built-in sensor, and turn the faucet on or off. So easy and useful! Just picture yourself after dredging raw chicken breasts through egg, flour, and breadcrumbs. You know how gross this makes your hands and how much you don't really want to touch anything with those hands!

In the Bathroom

We took a poll, and guess what is the household cleaning task that people hate the most? You probably don't need more than one guess, that's right, it's cleaning the toilet. Cleaning the toilet is never a fun job, but it can be a whole lot easier.

American Standard VorMax Toilets and Toto Tornado Flush Toilets

Both the American Standard VorMax toilets (left) and the Toto Tornado toilets (right) come in beautiful styles and keep your toilet cleaner.

American Standard VorMax Technology

American Standard VorMax technology is a water strategy that reinvents the flush, by eliminating the traditional rim holes around the bowl and replaces them with one powerful jet of water that cleans the entire bowl from top to bottom.

This incredible technology is WaterSense certified, using only 1.28 gallons of water per flush.

Toto Tornado Technology

Toto has developed a toilet technology they call the Tornado flush. Two to three jets of water (depending on the model) are angled to create a powerful whirlpool effect, so the motion of the water thoroughly cleans the inside of the bowl. This great water-saving technology only uses 1.28 gallons per flush.

The Whole House

Ecobee has developed smart thermostat technology that is really innovative. They offer several different models, from a basic smart thermostat that is WiFi compatible and can be operated via your phone, to the ecobee4. The ecobee4 is the model that has it all. It uses a room sensor to manage hot and cold spots, and built-in amazon Alexa Voice service. Ecobee4 is IOs and Android compatible, as well as Apple Home Kit, Amazon Alexa, smart things, and IFTTT compatible.

Ecobee4 Thermostat with Voice control

Control the temperature in your home with just the sound of your voice. “Alexa, set (thermostat name) to 75 degrees.” How awesome is that?

Most thermostats only read the temp in one place, (usually the hallway) which doesn't always give you an accurate reading for the rooms where you spend the most time. Room sensors allow for more accuracy, and if you would like to monitor more than one room, multiple sensors may be purchased. Using the sensors allows you to be comfortable in the rooms that matter.

Ecobee features Smart Home/Away tech that can automatically enable the right mode for energy savings when it senses no one is home. Want to know if this really has any affect on your heating bill or not? Ecobee will send you free energy reports that show you how much energy you've conserved each month and provide insight into your heating and cooling equipment.

Ecobee4 Thermostat with Voice control

See your savings with your free energy report.

Want to hear a first-hand account of installing an ecobee thermostat yourself? Check out this post from a DIYer who did just that: User-Friendly Guide to Installing an Ecobee3.

Interested in Learning More?

These are just some of the many innovative ideas that make maintaining and living in your home easier. Browse our site to see more products, or check out other informative articles, like How to Choose Your Bathroom Sink Faucet or helpful décor advice like What's the Difference between Contemporary and Modern Style?

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