Top 10 essential facilities to be considered in equipping a modern home

Top 10 essential facilities to be considered in equipping a modern home

Homes are places of refuge, solitude, and comfort. Ideally, your home should be where you feel more comfortable than any other place. However, this comfort depends largely on the tools and appliances found in the home. If the home is equipped with the right tools to fit your behavior and living pattern, it makes living far less stressful. There are some appliances and facilities that transcend all living patterns which every home should have. These appliances are sure to take some of the stress off your shoulders and can even take care of specific tasks on their own. Want a modern home? Let’s look at some of these facilities.

1. Home Gym

This facility is for those who have very demanding jobs and still insist on keeping themselves in optimal body shape. The trip to the gym is exhausting and inconvenient. To save some time, you could have a gym built inside your home. This means you don’t have the usual twice-a-week drive to the local gym. It also increases productivity and you get more time to exercise right there in the comfort of your own home. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.


2. Range Hoods

A range hood is a useful cooking tool. Basically, it removes smoke and other cooking smells before they spread all through your home. They are typically installed above the stove, and they use external ventilation to direct smoke and odor outdoors.

3. Stack Lightning

When the smart-home innovations began, one problem they went after was the control of lighting around the home. However, Stack is completely redefining this process with an awesome line of electric bulbs that automatically adjust to you. Stack bulbs are equipped with built-in motion detectors, meaning they are aware of your presence or absence) in a room. You won’t ever have to flip a switch in your home. The light intensity of these bulbs will also shift throughout the day, starting with a crisp white setting that will prove useful in waking you up, and they gradually move to a warmer tone in the evening, offering a complete feeling of relaxation. These lights will also adjust to the natural light intensity of the room, and offer excellent power saving features so you won’t have to replace them frequently. Efficient and pocket-friendly.


4. Broadband Internet

Broadband is an extremely fast and wonderful way of surfing the internet, depending on your current location. Broadband is a must-have for a modern home and is available in different forms. There are many broadband service providers in the market today. One popular option is They offer reliable broadband internet and their plans are also very pocket-friendly.

5. SkyBell Video Doorbell

Answering your door has never been more convenient. With SkyBell, you see the faces of your guests before they come into your home. It also offers full high-definition display, night vision, motion detectors, and full audio support, making it possible to communicate with whoever is at your door. Skybell includes a quiet mode (basically disabling the doorbell) and a live feed, so you can monitor what is going on in front of your home.


6. Google Home

Make running your home as easy as it can get with the Google Home, a Wi-Fi activated smart home hub. This awesome device connects to other appliances in your home. In a nutshell, the Google Home is a tiny speaker tower that is activated by voice command (and touch control) and can perform tasks such as setting alarms, surfing the web, playing music and checking the weather.

7. August Smart Lock

This device, like other related smart security measures, helps you remotely control your door. It has an added advantage over other security devices as it goes over your deadbolt instead of replacing it completely. Also, with a compatible August Connect Accessory, you can instruct the smart lock to let certain people into the house, whether you’re physically present or not.


8. Sonos Play:1

The Sonos Play:1 is an all-out music player. It’s a full-blown Wi-Fi sound system that has the ability to stream music from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other streaming services. Although you’ll need the Sonos app for this sound system to work optimally, it is still a wonderful choice if you’re looking to set up an awesome sound system for your home.

9. Nest Smart Thermostat

This smart home blockbuster controls the entire temperature of your home irrespective of whether you’re home or not. By studying your schedule and preferences, it maintains a specific temperature while you’re not at home. It learns fast (usually within one week) and after the learning process has been finished, it sets out automatically controlling the temperature of different rooms in your home as suits your preferences.

10. LG HomeChat

The LG HomeChat also controls other devices in your home. The only difference between this and other smart home appliances is the fact that while the others control devices autonomously, the HomeChat sends you notifications in chat-forms on your mobile phone and makes changes and modifications to connected devices upon your approval.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.


3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.


Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:


Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.


8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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