Each day, technology is transforming into something bigger, better and more useful. Just think: it wasn’t too long ago that phones were attached to the wall and used exclusively for making calls. There is no better proof of our evolution than the mobile phone. Not only has it changed the way we communicate, but it has also upgraded our ability to gather information and improve performance in our everyday lives.
Now, it’s phone applications (or apps) that have grown to help make our lives even easier. There are apps for nearly everything, from calculating a tip, to working as a flashlight, to making entire travel itineraries.
Today, virtually anything you need can be found at the touch of your mobile phone’s screen. There are now even apps that can revolutionize your home life.
Here are 5 of the best home apps on the market:
Price: Free app, but it requires Schlang LiNk locks in order use.
What it does: With this app, you can regulate every lock in your house from your phone. That means, as long as you have a wireless connection, you can check to see if your doors are locked without having to get out of bed. You can also unlock doors without having to answer it in-person.
Why you should use it: If you have a busy home life, this app can give you the peace of mind that your children will be safe, even in your forgetful moments. It can be operated through your phone and PC.
Price: Free app, plus installation costs
What it does: There are so many components to your home that it can be difficult to regulate it all (not to mention time-consuming). With this app, you can regulate everything, including the thermostats, lights and security systems. It takes about two days to set up.
Why you should use it: With one glance at the phone, you can know the status of your entire home. And with one click of a button, you can change that status. While in bed, you can turn up the heat without having to get out from under the covers. If you forgot to turn your lights off, press a button and it’s off! Life has never been simpler.
Protect America Cellular Monitoring System
Price: Free app, free equipment, monthly subscription fee
What it does: For homes that do not have a landline, opting to keep only cell phones, security can be a bit of a problem. The Protect America cellular monitoring system is wireless, so you don’t have to worry about cut wires keeping you from getting in touch with security.
Why you should use it: The phone app allows you to monitor the security of your home from anywhere. If you go on vacation, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home is safe.
Remote by Apple
What it does: Since Apple products have begun to rule a majority of our lives, this app makes things a little easier. You can control your iTunes and Apple TV with your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
Why you should use it: Who wouldn’t want to have their entertainment become easier to access? Lazy Sundays have never been more relaxing.
What it does: Have complete control over your home’s entertainment, whole-house audio, climate, irrigation, pool/spa, lighting and more. You can even pan, tilt and zoom a live camera.
Why You Should Use It: This app has multiple interfaces to choose from so that you can personalize how you control your home’s various systems. Select from iCool, iSmart, iPowerful and iCandy, all of which offer a unique way to control your home’s settings.
With any of these apps, you can easily control a multitude of settings within your home at the touch of a button.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Southern California whose writing covers everything from technology and apps, to health and fitness, to business and marketing. She is the founder of Gryffin Media.