Featured Image, Home Security, Reviews, Security, Smart Home / 02.04.2019

With most home alarm systems, you have to sign a contract and pay an external company or surveillance agency a monthly subscription fee so they can monitor your house 24/7. However, some people don’t like the idea of paying a monthly subscription fee in addition to their base payment for cloud storage and home surveillance device. Some people also don’t like to give complete strangers access to their homes, even if it’s for security purposes. That’s where self monitored alarm systems, also known as unmonitored alarm systems, come in. As the...

Electrical Work, Featured Image, Reviews, Smart Home / 02.04.2019

In order to turn your home into a smart home, you need to upgrade all your wiring and electrical systems so your lamps and appliances can be controlled remotely. Doing so usually necessitates hiring a professional to replace all your outlets with smart in-wall outlets. A smart outlet is a plug that you can connect to your traditional power outlets to turn them “smart” and integrate them into your smart home network. Doing so allows you to remotely control all your outlets, thereby allowing you to remotely turn all...

Featured Image, Heating, Reviews, Smart Home / 01.04.2019

Cooling can be extremely energy-intensive, and costly, especially during hot summer months. However, if you get smart vets and air conditioners, you can drastically reduce your energy consumption and optimize temperatures in your home. Smart vents and air conditioners are dynamic HVAC units that work based on motion and proximity sensors. As such, they only get engaged when they sense that someone is around to benefit from it, thus saving a lot of energy. Generally speaking, vents offer a single temperature for both cooling and heating purposes. Hot or cold...

Featured Image, Heating, Reviews, Smart Home / 01.04.2019

Homes consist of several different zones. You have your kitchen, living room, bathrooms, and bedrooms. And it’s likely that the temperature needs for all those rooms are different. Furthermore, depending on personal preference, you might also want different bedrooms to have different temperatures. Most simple thermostats, however, treat the entire home as a single heating zone. As such, everyone has to come to a singular decision about what temperature to set. And that entails a fair bit of compromise from all parties involved. That’s where the smart thermostats for multiple...

Home Security, Reviews, Safety / 31.03.2019

Carbon Monoxide is an extremely dangerous colorless and odorless gas, which is why it is often referred to as “The Silent and Invisible Killer”. Furthermore, this extremely innocuous and fatal gas is released from regular household appliances such as space heaters, grills, stoves, etc. Because of the ready availability and silent nature of this deathly gas, it’s important to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. As such, whenever the CO levels exceed beyond a safe point, you will be immediately notified and you can take the necessary...

Featured Image, Home Security, Reviews, Security, Smart Home / 31.03.2019

Are you concerned about your home security? Do you want to protect your home from burglaries, fire hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning and a range of other potential hazards? Do you lack the time or inclination to research specific products for all of those issues separately? If you’ve answered Yes to the aforementioned questions, then SimpliSafe Home Security Systems is perhaps the best solution for you. This is essentially a box solution comprising a range of different home security devices that can be connected to a single mainframe. As such,...

Electrical Work, Featured Image, Ligthing, Reviews / 24.03.2019

Do you want to be able to turn your lights on or off remotely from your smartphone? To control the lights just with your voice? Or be able to control the lights from your bed while you’re going to sleep? If so, you should consider smartening up your dimmers and switches. Smart dimmers and light switches can do all that and so much more, making your lives a whole lot more convenient. Furthermore, they can also automatically dim the lights so that you can set a mood or prevent...

Featured Image, Heating, Reviews, Smart Home / 24.03.2019

Do you have a number of Z-Wave compatible smart devices in your home? If so, the best way to have them interact with your smart thermostat is to get a Z-Wave thermostat. Z-Wave is a wireless protocol that allows devices to communicate with each other across a network. It consists of a central hub (such as Samsung SmartThings or Wink) that can control all Z-Wave compatible smart devices, including Z-Wave thermostats. As such, Z-Wave Thermostats are basically smart thermostats that are compatible with the Z-Wave wireless protocol. They can appear...

Featured Image, Home Security, Reviews, Safety, Security / 24.03.2019

As parents, we always take comfort from knowing precisely where our children are at all times. We can drop them off at school with the assumption that they are safe. But what happens if they choose to leave during a lunch break, or if they have to find their own way home? Also, how certain are you about the whereabouts of your children over the weekends, or when they head over to a friend’s house. We can’t keep a physical watch over our children at all times, especially...