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Robots are coming for our homes—and we need to be ready. They’re already making inroads into the cleaning industry, with companies like Roborock, iRobot and ADT installing robot vacuums and robot door cleaners, respectively. Now, home cleaning robots are cropping up on store shelves. We’ve known for a while that personal household cleaners aren’t cutting it anymore.
Over time, our homes get busier, and the amount of cleaning we have to do escalates accordingly. In an increasingly fast-paced world, most people are overstressed and underproductive due to lack of time. The result: Home cleaning takes a backseat and people end up feeling stressed out. To make matters worse, automated personal household cleaners pose privacy and safety risks as they can be intrusive when they go into your home at night or during peak hours (like cleaning your kitchen). So what’s a busy person to do? Think outside the box and embrace the robot future! Let’s take a look at what automation is doing to home cleaning, why you should start using it now, and how you can catch up with the new normal once robots take over your life.
What is automation?
Automation is the process by which machines or machines-like devices are programmed to perform specific tasks manually or algorithmically. Even today, most household tasks can be automated using advanced technology. We use automation when doing repetitive, manual work that can be automated with advanced technology—or when doing low-value repetitive work with automation that pays off in reduced expenses. Automation can be found in multiple areas of modern life, like in manufacturing and agriculture where it’s used to automate repetitive, low-value tasks. Automation is also common in the services industries, where it’s used to automate repetitive, low-value work—like when a housekeeper checks in on every household member several times a day.
Why Should You Use Robotic Home Cleaning?
There are a couple of reasons you should consider using a robot to clean your home. For one, you’re saving a bundle on human labor costs by using a robot. According to a report from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), a robot’s hourly rate is 77% cheaper than a person’s. Furthermore, a study by the RoboCup contest revealed that workers who use robots in their home have significantly fewer health risks than those who don’t. So not only do you save money by not having to spend time cleaning your home, but you also avoid exposure to dangerous chemicals and poorly regulated industries. From a health and safety perspective, another reason to use a robot is to avoid having kids and/or pets in your home.
The American Journal of Public Health released a study that found that kids and pets are more likely to make messes in a homeowner’s home than in a private apartment. And as our homes get messier and messier, the risk of lead poisoning grows. The government recommends keeping kids out of old, abandoned houses and keeping pets on a leash when they’re inside a house. However, in some situations, you may want to allow your kids to mingle with the bots. For example, robots might be able to clean your kitchen without you having to get out of the house.
What’s the Big Difference Between Personal Home Care Robots and Robot Vacuums?
Both personal and commercial robots are used to perform repetitive tasks. However, there are important distinctions between the two. The biggest difference is in the usage of robots. For example, a household robot might clean your house while an industrial robot might clean your factory. Another big difference is in the way that robots are programmed. A household robot is programmed to do one task at a time, while an industrial robot is programmable and can do many types of tasks.
There are also some other important distinctions between the two that you should know about. For example, commercial robots are usually programmed to perform specific tasks, while household robots are programmed to do whatever you need them to do. That’s where the ease of use and customization come into play. With the ease of use setting, a household robot is easy to use—even if you’re not completely tech-savvy. You can set it to run repetitive tasks, like cleaning a specific room in your house. With the customization setting, you can tell the robot what to do and how and when. For example, you can tell the robot to clean your kitchen only during daylight hours so that you don’t have to get out of the house. You can also set the robot to automatically empty its dustbin when it’s finished cleaning, so you don’t have to do it manually.
How to Use a Robot Home Cleaning System
The best robotics system is the one that’s right for you. That said, there are a few things you need to think about before purchasing a robotic system. First, make sure you understand how often you’ll need to clean. A typical home has multiple rooms that need cleaning, so you’ll probably have to purchase a robotic system that can clean those rooms as well. For example, if your bedroom needs cleaning once a week, you’ll have to purchase a bedroom cleaning system. If you have a messy kitchen, you’ll have to select a kitchen cleaning system that can clean both the countertops and cabinets as well as your refrigerator. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that the robot you select has the right features for the job. For example, a robot that cleans your house only needs to be programmed once a month. However, unless you keep your house very clean, that’s unlikely to happen.
Robotics is quickly becoming an essential part of modern life. It’s able to do a lot, from operating the supermarket checkout lane to performing housekeeping duties, and it does it all without you having to lift a finger. If you’ve been putting off buying a robotic home cleaning system because you don’t want to step into another robots shoes, you’re missing out. Doing away with the need for human interaction will come with huge benefits, including better health, reduced stress and reduced costs associated with cleaning. Automation has been growing in popularity for years, and now it’s making a big impact on the home cleaning industry. It’s important to understand how automation works and whether it’s right for your home.