November 24, 2020
When new technology hits the market, are you the first in line to buy it? Some people have a penchant for the latest bells and whistles, while others are more comfortable taking a wait-and-see approach.
What about smart appliances for your kitchen and laundry areas? Some homeowners are enamored with the thought of adding these devices to their internet-connected home. Others aren’t convinced they’re ready to spend big bucks for features they may not use.
If you’re thinking about going “smart,” consider these advantages and disadvantages.
Maintenance and repair costs can add up to more than your energy savings. What is the most common point of failure? The computer controller board, according to appliance repair professionals.
Before purchasing, ask yourself what features you will use. For example, is it worth paying a premium for the convenience of asking your refrigerator, via text, if you’re out of milk?
If you want smart appliances without substantial sticker shock, hold off a bit longer. According to a recent forecast by Juniper Research, the average cost of connected home appliances are expected to drop by 52 percent between now and 2023.
If you are a technology lover, it may be worth every cent to have your home fully connected to the internet. If you just want your major appliances to do their job, smart kitchen and laundry equipment may not be your best choice… yet
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