If last year was anything to go by, this Christmas, many of us will receive a smart home system like Amazon Alexa or Google Home as a present. Aside from playing music and answering the odd pressing question your children may have (like “Where do babies come from?”), what other ways can you put this new gadget to use?
Some of the most common ways to expand your smart home include lighting (the Philips Hue starter pack is a good example), which can be programmed to switch on as you enter a room or controlled using voice command. Home security is another great way to keep you and your family feeling safe, with camera systems and sensors helping you keep a close eye on your property.
One area you probably haven’t considered is your bathroom. Whilst basic bathroom technology might not appear to have moved on much over the past decades, things are set to change. There are now a number of smart bathroom products which could help save you time and money in the long run—ideal for busy family households. So, let’s take a look at the top 5 smart tech ideas for family bathrooms.
Step into the future with smart showering systems
Filling your evening bath can often be a time-draining experience. Constantly having to check the temperature whilst ensuring your little ones are okay. So, wouldn’t it be great if your bath was ready the moment you stepped through the front door, at the perfect temperature for you or your children?
It may seem far-fetched but the technology is already available and now much more affordable. With the SmarTap system, exclusively available from VictoriaPlum.com in the UK, a simple electronic valve allows you to control and customise both your bath and shower via an app on your phone or tablet, or using voice commands with many of the most popular smart home systems.
It is ideal for families, as you can set a maximum limit on water temperature, to prevent accidental scalding and a maximum duration, so your kids don’t use up all the hot water. Plus, it’s just great being able to say “Alexa. Start my morning shower”, from the warmth and comfort of your duvet!
Treat your toes with underfloor heating
Whilst it may have been around for a while, underfloor heating is certainly getting smarter, helping you to reduce your energy bills whilst feeling delightful underfoot.
With the next generation of underfloor heating, you won’t need bulky radiators which take up valuable wall space. A smart thermostat will allow you to heat your bathroom separately to the rest of your home. After all, you probably only use it at certain times of the day.
The thermostat will start to learn the best times and optimum temperatures, meaning your energy use becomes much more efficient. With Wi-Fi connectivity, the latest smart thermostats can also search for cheaper energy tariffs and even give you up-to-the-minute local transport information, which will certainly help with the early morning school run.
Enjoy a soap opera as you soak
If you’re a bit of a soap addict or simply don’t want to miss a minute of that new gritty crime drama you’ve just got into, why not invest in the new generation of bathroom televisions?
Specially designed for specific use in splash zones, bathroom TVs come with heated screens to prevent them from misting up, even in the hottest and steamiest of environments. What’s more, they can be fitted flush to your tiles, to blend in seamlessly with the look and feel of your bathroom. Plus, with a fully waterproof remote, you really don’t have to worry if you drop it in your bath!
Easy clean shower enclosures
OK, this one isn’t a gadget as such, however it will make your life a whole lot easier. If you live in a hard water area (which is most of us in the UK), limescale is a real issue in and around the bathroom. Without regular maintenance, shower glass can end up looking white, chalky and less than appealing.
The perfect shower enclosures for families are ones with an easy clean glass coating. This will immediately help repel soap, grime and limescale, making it much easier to clean.
Be mindful with soothing music
If you like to practice mindfulness with your children, the bathroom can be the perfect place to relax, unwind and focus. One way to achieve this is to listen to soothing music together.
A Bluetooth shower speaker allows you to stream music directly from your phone or tablet from the optimum spot in the whole bathroom. If you are taking a shower, it will help you listen in to the music above the noise of the water.
Once you need to recharge, simply detach from the shower head and plug in with an adapter. Of course, it’s not just those mindful moments when we like to listen to music. Why not get your favourite Christmas playlist on the go and sing your heart out to some festive tunes?
With smart home systems increasing in popularity, why not consider creating a smart bathroom for you and your family this year?