No, this isn’t a post about why you should buy a new plunger for your bathroom or comfy pillows for the bedroom. It’s about actual tools with utility that you should be investing in. They are commonly forgone by most homeowners in exchange for the short-term savings. Having these tools at home can benefit you in numerous ways, whether by increasing protection for your family and property through surveillance or improving health and wellness through physical exercise. Without further ado, here are five tools you should be investing in for your home:
Switching to green technology, whether it’s a complete or partial move, can result in long-term savings that easily offset the short-term out-of-pocket expenses. In fact, most solar companies today offer financing assistance and leasing options to make it easier to adopt green technology. Invest in green tech including solar hot water heaters, geothermal heat pumps, Energy Star-certified smart fridge, and compact fluorescent lamps and light bulbs. Green energy programs not only help to improve the environment, but also boost the economy as well as save your household hundreds of dollars each year.
An alarm system for your home improves security tenfold. It deters any attempts of a break-in in your property and gives you peace of mind that your home is secure when you’re out of town. The stickers warning the the premises are installed with alarm systems alone will do the trick of stopping the bad guys. After all, the risk of getting caught is too high and, therefore, not worth it. There are many choices for alarm systems on the market, from landline-based to wireless ones, DIYs to company-installed, smart tech, etc. Of course, price is another key factor when making any kind of purchase. There are fees you should consider including activation, monthly, and cancellation charges.
Even if you’re not exactly the handyman/woman or the avid do-it-yourselfer at home, having a toolbox can come in handy. Tools you’ll want to have inside your toolbox include a Philips and flathead screwdriver, tape measure, level, utility knife, and a hammer. Of course, you’ll want to have some nails to pound on with that hammer. Other really nifty tools to have in hand if you have the extra budget include wire strippers, crescent wrench, pliers, and power drills. Any well-equipped toolbox can cost between a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. It sounds expensive, but it can save you a ton of trouble when your household starts to experience some wear and tear.
It can be intimidating to shop for a new wireless router, given the myriad of options on the market. For the layman, most of the product details and specifications won’t make sense. Understand what your current circumstances are, particularly what you do with your wireless connection and how much space you have for it. Some routers are much better for streaming content while others are ideal for smaller living spaces. Having the right wireless router is essential for a smooth, lag-free browsing experience, especially if you are using your home’s WiFi for researching the web, working remote, or managing your business.
An alarm system is good as a deterrent for break-ins and theft, but if you just want to take a look at your property, children, and pets, it might not give you the 360-degree field of vision that you want. When buying a home camera, make sure it has night vision and can turn a full 360 degrees. When buying a surveilance camera, factor in the cost of the monthly subscription fee that companies usually charge.
Though all of these tools can collectively cost you a hefty sum, these are essential items that can help you during natural disasters, financial hardships, and other calamities you may face. Forget buying that latest juicer or blender or that 60-inch television screen that you rarely use.
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