Essential Home Technologies to Invest in This Winter

How to warm up your home, reduce bills, and save time this season

The temperatures in New York City are plummeting, but there’s no need to shiver and shake this season. Since you’ll be spending more time getting cozy inside your home, why not invest in a warm and comfortable environment? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite technological products and devices so you can still have a warm winter—even in New York City. Keep them for yourself or consider giving them as gifts for the holidays.

Circadian Optics Lamp

First featured on Shark Tank, this high-tech lamp was designed to bring sunlight into your home during the darkest days of winter. Its light has an intensity of 10,000 lux that’s made to emulate the sun at noon. It has three brightness settings and bulbs with a lifespan of about ​50,000 hours—so you won’t need any pesky replacement bulbs for a long, long while. The design is simple and modern, so it will fit right in on a nightstand or side table!

Nest

This smart thermostat is a convenient and efficient way to keep your home warm while conserving energy. Even better, you can control the temperature from your phone, so you won’t have to get up from your cozy couch or bed. Nest also displays a green leaf icon to let you know when the device is set to an energy-saving temperature; stay warm while also saving the environment!

Philips Hue

Calling all futuristic design lovers: this brilliant device allows you to control the lighting of your home from the tip of your fingers. The smart lighting system has endless color options that will have your living room looking like a scene right out of a film—perfect for a movie night or wowing guests during gatherings. It also lets you dim the lights exactly to your liking with incremental on-screen controls. And that’s not all: you don’t even have to be home to control the lights! Command your lights directly from your phone so you’ll always come home to a perfectly lit house.

SmartDuvet

No more arguing with your partner over what temperature to sleep in. SmartDuvet bedding lets you set a temperature preference for each side of the bed! The best part is you don’t have to get rid of the comforter you already own: just add the Smartduvet to your existing bedding. You can also set a bedtime to ensure the temperature is perfect when you climb in—and yes—there is a feature where the bed can make itself. This purchase is an investment for every season; in the summer, you can use it to cool down.

Dyson Hot + Cool Link

This stylish-looking space heater has made every “best of” list because it really is the best of the best. Its bladeless design gives it a modern look, and it shuts itself off if it falls over or gets too hot. The Dyson can heat an entire room or just one corner for the coldest person in the vicinity (with a focused air-stream option). It’s another item on our round-up that is functional in any season—it also has a cooling mode.

Crock-Pot Multi-Cooker

A cold evening calls for a piping hot dinner. This slow cooker and pressure cooker is a great option because it allows you to place your meal in before you head to work and come straight home to dinner. In the same pot, you can roast, steam, sauté, sear, bake, and slow cook. It’s ideal for batch cooking; you’ll have plenty of leftovers to pop into the microwave a day or two later or to freeze for the future.

Touchstone AudioFlare Electric Fireplace

There’s nothing like a fireplace—especially an electric one with high-tech controls. It provides a classy aesthetic in any room, but it’s also practical: you can change the flame and heat settings to your desire, and connect to Bluetooth for music to set the mood.