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7 Ways You Can Upgrade Your House Towards the Future

Big and small changes you can make around your home to make your life a bit easier.

The best home features may feel futuristic at first, but then they blend seamlessly into your everyday life. That’s exactly what Cox Communications’ Connected Home bundles do. They allow you to connect a range of different devices, such as smart security cameras, smart lights, televisions, and even coffee makers (via smart plugs), so you can create your optimal smart home. And they all stay perfectly synced thanks to Cox’s Panoramic Wifi, which can give you wall to wall coverage in your home.

Learn more about the customizable Connected Home bundles here, then read about some others ways you can upgrade your home below.

1. Add a smart camera and smart lock to your door

When you install these two devices, it’s a bit like having a virtual butler. With just the touch of a button, you can let in early guests, your dog walker, a delivery person, and anyone else who knocks on your door when you’re not home to let them in. Plus, if you forget your keys, you can let yourself in too without having to call a locksmith or landlord.

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The front door of a home

2. Install a heat pump

Heat pumps can be used as both heating and cooling systems in houses. They’re more energy efficient than some other systems, which makes them a great choice for anyone who wants to invest in the future.

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A heat pump on a brick wall

3. Use smart bulbs

Have you ever gotten in bed...only to get up again to go turn off a forgotten light? With smart bulbs, you can control your lights from your phone and other devices, and you can also set schedules, dim lights, and change colors. Seems like a bright idea, right? These are also great for anyone who wants to make their home a bit more eco-friendly because they can be scheduled to turn off when you don’t need them.

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Woman using smartphone to adjust a smart light

4. Add a hidden projector

Home projectors have become more advanced in recent years, so it’s the perfect time to replace your television with one. They can give you that movie theater feel in any room, and you can tuck it in a cabinet or on a discreet shelf, which creates a better ambiance than a large television that’s always on the wall.

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A couple sitting on a couch with a projector behind them

5. Install a small door between your garage and kitchen

This idea may not be as techie as the others on this list, but it’ll definitely make things easier for you. With this small door, you can easily transport your groceries from your car to the kitchen without having to do multiple trips.

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Two grocery bags on a kitchen counter

6. Plug in some smart plugs

These plugs can help you turn “dumb” appliances into a smart ones. Try it on your coffee maker, humidifier, toaster, or anything else you want to control with your phone from another room. Smart plugs can also help you save energy, as they’re easy to turn off when you don’t need them.

Cord plugged into smart plug on brick wall
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Cord plugged into smart plug on brick wall

7. Get a Cox Connect Home bundle

These bundles let you control many different devices throughout your home, including many of the picks on this list, like smart plugs and smart cameras. It’s easy to customize your bundle too, so you can get the features you need without paying for ones you don’t.

An illustration of a home with people using different devices in different rooms
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An illustration of a home with people using different devices in different rooms

Watch this video to learn even more about all the ways you can connect your home.

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