While offices may start opening up again soon, it’s looking like working from home is here to stay. Here are some of our top picks for home tech you should invest in that will not only transform your working-from-home life but could also help increase the value of your property by up to £16,000.
With Zoom meetings becoming the norm for the majority of colleagues around the globe, you’ll want to invest in a webcam. A webcam doesn’t have to be something costly, as long as it can be mounted to your screen and doesn’t interfere with it. If you’re conscious about looking at yourself on camera, using one that can be placed off to the side can help with any anxieties.
If you’re still using only your laptop after nearly a year of working from home, at least get a separate keyboard and mouse – and treat yourself to a monitor too. The ergonomics will work out much better in the long term and your back and eyes will thank you for it.
An ergonomic desk that can be adjusted for sitting and standing should be high up on the tech you invest in. Prolonged sitting is linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Whether you stand all day, or just for short periods, you’ll soon start to notice a difference not only in your posture but in your concentration levels too.
Smart thermostats are wired into your boiler and the new thermostat replaces any existing thermostat you have. If you’re investing in a smart thermostat, you might as well bite the bullet and invest in a new heating system. From the government’s Green Homes Grant to taking out a loan, investing in a smart heating system can save you thousands in the long-run – and is an attractive prospect for future buyers. While it’s possible to fit a smart thermostat yourself, most manufacturers will recommend professional installation.
Fast Internet Connection
There’s nothing worse than hosting a meeting when your internet starts to buffer. Working from home means you’re likely to burn through your internet bandwidth – especially if you regularly use video conferencing. If you’re currently on a limited plan, then you might want to consider upgrading because you don’t want the limits or extra charges to start kicking in when you least expect them.