Many of us have found a newfound appreciation for home offices, due to the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders. Even though some restrictions are lifting here, many businesses choose to operate with greater remote work flexibility than before.
People who didn’t invest in their home office design before the pandemic have probably learned a good lesson: It’s smart to have a solid work-from-home setup. Settling for your couch or kitchen table when trying to get work done isn’t the best for productivity or your comfort.
You may be wondering how to improve your home office design. Here are five steps you can take to create a dream work-from-home setup for your Houston, Texas home.
The benefits of speakers for your home office are endless. Speakers can be an extension of your phone and computer, so whenever you have calls or video conferences, you’ll be able to hear everything with top-notch sound quality. If you need a mental break and want to play some music, you can play it on your high-performance home office speakers instead of your computer. In-wall or in-ceiling speakers are great options for enveloping sound — and they won’t take up room on your desk.
Your home office’s lighting can go beyond a lamp or natural sunlight. Lamps don’t necessarily produce the best light for your productivity, and natural sunlight feels nice until it hits your computer screen and produces glare. Instead, you can install human-centric, LED lighting that simulates natural light and automatically adjusts color temperatures throughout the day. Human-centric lighting helps regulate your circadian rhythm (your body’s sleep/wake cycle) and can produce specific tones to stimulate activity and concentration. It can give you the benefits of sunlight without you needing to raise all your shades and worrying about your computer displays.
When you want to minimize heat and glare in your home office, motorized window treatments prove a great solution. Whether it’s blinds, drapes, or shades, you can automate them all with smart technology. You can set them to lower or close when your windows’ temperatures rise, thus reducing the amount of heat entering your home. It’ll also stop glare from hitting your computer and your equipment from heating up from the sun.
Having a stuffy home office is not ideal and can be distracting when you’re trying to work. Smart, automated climate control can prevent this from happening. You can install an advanced thermostat in your home office that works with your motorized window treatments to control the heat coming in and keep the room cool and comfortable. With integrated technology, you can also adjust temperatures through your smartphone or another device and check on your thermostat when you’re not at home.
You’ll want to be on top of your home’s security when you’re working from home and always. Installing a smart security system will let you monitor all areas of your home — like your front door, gate, and backyard — through your phone or computer. If there’s unusual activity happening around your home, you can receive instant notifications about it. For package deliveries or a neighbor who rings your doorbell, a smart security system will provide two-way communication that lets you use your phone to view who’s there and communicate with them — all without having to leave your desk.
We hope this inspires you to create or rebuild your home office with the latest integrated home solutions. Relative Home Systems is a full-service smart home automation company, and we’re ready to help you get you started on your home office design. Call us today!
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