Home Security, Safety, Security / 06.09.2019

When we shut our front doors behind us as we return home, we should do so knowing that we are safe from any outside threats. There should be no fear that our home could come under attack from intruders in the night, or that opportunist burglars may try to break in while we are out. The problem is that not all homes are as safe as we might initially assume. Our front doors aren’t always the strong barriers that they should be – either through their design, poor locks...

Bathroom, Plumbing / 06.09.2019

What might have been stylish back in the 1970s might not look so good today. That's ok, because it's not difficult to remove an old bathroom faucet so that you can replace it with a new one. You don't need any special tools, and the process can be completed in under an hour, even for a newbie DIYer. As with just about any other plumbing project, the most important part of this process is to ensure that you have the water supply turned off before you begin work. Turn Off...

Bathroom / 05.09.2019

Renovations and home improvement can be a daunting task. This step-by-step guide will help begin the bathroom design process. Any type of home improvement should be approached carefully. While there are times when it seems so simple; just purchase some tile and plumbing fixtures and either put them in yourself or hire someone to do it, things can quickly get out of hand if you don’t take the time to properly orient yourself to the task. Begin With Some Research While most people who want to undergo a bathroom renovation may...

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

An outdoor security camera system is the most effective defensive system to protect your home and family from burglaries and intrusions. It is kind of a network of multiple surveillance cameras designed to be used in outdoor settings. They are generally installed in doorways, walkways, driveways, and backyards. However, they can be installed anywhere you like, even indoors. The cameras are usually connected to a base station located inside the house, which transmits the visual footage to a smartphone or viewing device. The cameras are equipped with sensors that get...

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...