Sometimes the little things make the biggest differences; no one knows that more than Veterans, especially those with disabilities. Adding smart devices to your home may seem like an unnecessary or massive task, but it’s actually one of those little changes that could make a meaningful impact on the quality of your everyday life.
The best place for most Veterans to start is to make inexpensive upgrades to the parts of the home they interact with on a daily basis. For most, that’s common items like light switches and thermostats. As anyone with limited mobility knows, the simplest task of turning down the heat can take a good amount of effort.
Switching to a smart thermostat is both simple and cost effective (which is probably why they’re among the first smart devices consumers add to their homes). In addition to the money you’ll save over time from easy scheduling and increased efficiency, it moves the chore of changing the temperature from reaching high on a wall to the convenience of a few taps on your smart phone.
Upgrading your light switches is simple as well, and most vendors produce inexpensive Z-Wave wall switches and even WiFi-enabled light bulbs. Don’t let the intimidating acronyms scare you away; simply put, bulbs and switches with these types of radios can talk to each other and your smart phone, all while blending in with the rest of your house. You’ll never walk across the room (or up the stairs) to turn off a light