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The Modern and Smart Choice: Upgrade Urban Living with Smart Home Decisions

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Owning a home or upgrading one’s home for the whole family or personal use has risen to the top of many Filipinos’ priorities list these recent years.

Staying indoors for an extended period contributed to this but so has the importance of living close to school or work, as is the case with condo living or finding a place in the city for easier access to almost anything.

Although urban living in the Philippines can be challenging, what with the overcrowding, congestion and traffic problems, many find city life still rewarding. This is why many continue to flock to the city to live in condos or upgrade their city life little by little. Being cooped up at home for two years has inspired more Filipinos to take a closer look into what lacks and what needs to be improved in their homes with regard to health, comfort and convenience. Making upgrades at home is no longer just a privilege but a responsibility, and thanks to new technologies and smart and modern tools, homeowners can make life and health at home easier.

Solar panels are a good alternative and more sustainable energy source.

Energy-saving home equipment
Have you been monitoring your electricity bills? Home appliances consume a lot of energy. Using many appliances, or worse, unwise choice and use of appliances can cause one’s electric bill to surge. Furthermore, home appliances can be a major contributor of harmful greenhouse gases.[1]

Modern technologies have also enabled energy-efficient options such as inverter appliances. Solar-based equipment are now also increasingly available, with many installing solar roof panels as an alternative or even main energy source.

These alternatives do not only help save energy and lower electric consumption but also enhance home life for everyone in the family — not to mention lessen expenses — because they are easy to use and maintain. These environment-friendly home appliances and equipment also reduce a family’s carbon footprint for a more sustainable lifestyle.

Smart home devices allow homeowners to monitor appliances in the home.

Smart home devices
Smart home devices continue to be a popular choice for modern homes. Besides giving homes a modern vibe, smart devices allow homeowners to control appliances and parts of the home such as switching a light on and off remotely from anywhere around the house — and even from outside — through digital assistants and voice commands.

Additionally, some smart devices send the user alerts and notifications to warn them of any potential issue or to remind them if they have left anything behind like an opened refrigerator door or a meal that has finished cooking in the oven.

When it comes to safety, CCTVs, doorbell security cameras and AI technology help homeowners monitor the house through mobile phones. This lets homeowners keep an eye on their home even when they are miles away on vacation or business trip.

Organization tools and hacks
Keeping the home tidy and organized has likewise become a priority. The growing range of storage solutions, from stylish baskets, plastic containers to wooden crates and metal racks can fit any home aesthetic and needs.

Many Filipinos nowadays, especially young adults, see home organizing as therapeutic besides beneficial in creating an IG-worthy post. Organizing also reduces stress and other overwhelming emotions and create a lighter feeling overall.

Various organization tools are conveniently available even on online shopping sites, where homeowners can choose from a wide selection of designs, types, shapes and sizes.

Virus-eliminating appliances and tools
Plenty of virus-eliminating equipment and devices have surfaced amid the pandemic to help combat the COVID-19 virus. Waterlogic, the leading global provider of home and workplace hydration solutions, elevates this trend with its COVID-19 safe water units, the Aqua SmartGuard. Drinking clean, safe and healthy water is one of the most effective ways to strengthen the body and protect it against viruses.

The Aqua SmartGuard “cube” is the perfect fit for any modern home with its compact and elegant design and state-of-the-art technologies. The cube features a patented Firewall UVC technology that sanitizes the water from contaminants, bacteria and viruses, including the COVID-19 virus. The Aqua SmartGuard also filters out particles that give the water a bad taste or smell without removing the necessary minerals.

This modern and safe water dispenser features an antimicrobial protection added on the unit’s surface, dispensing buttons, nozzle and tray. This BioCote keeps the unit exterior safe from germs and bacteria, giving everyone in the family added protection. The Aqua SmartGuard also provides the family with four temperature modes — ambient, cold, hot and extra hot — to accommodate various day-to-day hydration needs.

Besides complementing the home and kitchen aesthetic, upgrading to the Aqua SmartGuard eliminates having to haul gallon sized containers or wait for water supply. It also reduces, if not totally stops, using disposable water bottles, which contributes to plastic wastes. To top it all off, Waterlogic offers a Total Care Service that offers overall service from the unit’s installation and maintenance such as replacement of filters and UV lamps. The Total Care Service, priced at Php1,490 only, can be availed using debit or credit cards or Peso Pay, bank transfer, payment Gateways auto-debit or GCash.

For more information on Aqua SmartGuard, its products and the Total Care Service, visit


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