Karl Lohnes: Inject a few more comforts into your home – Montreal Gazette

Karl Lohnes: Inject a few more comforts into your home – Montreal Gazette


Adding some home automation features, upping the cosy factor and getting a better night’s sleep are on my to-do list for 2022.

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It’s the start of a new year and like last year, it looks like we’ll be spending a lot more time at home than we’d hoped for.

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My fingers were crossed that 2022 would bring more freedom for travel and visiting with others. And that might still happen, but not just yet. My strategy for making the current round of restrictions more bearable is to inject a few comforts that will bring more ease and enjoyment to living and working at home.

Adding some home automation features, upping the cosy factor and getting a better night’s sleep are on my to-do list for 2022. Read on for inspiration on how to endure more “home time.” From technology to afternoon tea, a few little treats will help us all weather this frustrating and disappointing turn of events. Think cozy hibernation everyone, and stay safe!

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More automation

I must admit, I’ve been slow to get into the ever-changing race to home automation. But if I’m going to be spending more time at home this year, more convenient and efficient ways to cook, clean and monitor security will help me save time and keep me aware of what’s happening around my home.

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A few easy homeowner-friendly upgrades include: installing a front door camera/alarm system that allows deliveries to be monitored; controlling indoor-outdoor lighting from your smartphone (it’s good for security and brightens the house on dark winter nights); and replacing older major appliances with ones that have smart features that save time, energy and reduce waste.

More simple pleasures

It may seem obvious, but creating small daily diversions from the humdrum schedule of living and working at home can help us appreciate our homes anew. Why not …….

Source: https://montrealgazette.com/life/homes/karl-lohnes-inject-a-few-more-comforts-into-your-home

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