With the increasing number of home automation options, it can be a little difficult to visualize how and where one might use them. Not only that, similar products from different brands can have certain features to fit some needs better than others. We like to test-drive cars before we buy and test-fit clothes before we wear, so why not also test home automation technology?
Even after 29 days, Nest still can’t figure me out.
With the growing concerns about human’s environmental impact, many people are understanding that less can mean more. Less waste, less consumption, and less harvesting of finite resources means a better situation for every living thing on the planet. Even if you don’t believe that human activity has been contributing to climate change (although you should), more »
Many homes still use ceiling fans, which are a great way to circulate air in a room without using as much energy to cool an entire house. And if you’re going to stick with a ceiling fan, it might as well be a smart one.
The energy costs for heating and cooling can be huge, especially during the peak of winter or summer months. One of the main reasons why costs can be excessive is due to mismanagement of temperature. If the AC is set too low while no one is home, it’s working on overtime to keep a house unnecessarily cool.
Whether you’re jealous and/or intrigued by all these ‘smart’ gadgets and appliances hitting the market, it doesn’t mean that what you own now is no good. With the right equipment, you too can smarten up your home. How easy, you ask? Well, if you can plug stuff into a wall socket and operate a smartphone more »
Emerson has been in the thermostat and HVAC controls industry for a while, but today it’s going wireless with an app-controllable WiFi thermostat called the Sensi. Like other WiFi thermostats, you can control Sensi using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Emerson says that Sensi is part of a larger play in their platform for the connected home.
When someone mentions that they’re planning to remodel part of the home, what comes to mind first? Kitchen? Bathrooms? Spacious, walk-in closets? While it may be true now, all of that is soon to change. As the internet of things picks up pace to grace various aspects of the home, automation is predicted to be a hot remodeling trend in years to come.
Ever since the Nest learning thermostat became widely available to consumers, the popularity has soared. People are attracted to a home heating and cooling solution that saves on energy costs. The Nest learns your schedule and programs itself accordingly, promising to lower bills by up to 20 percent. It’s too bad it won’t work on more »
Intelligent homes are nothing new. Manufacturers like Crestron, AMX, Control4, Elan, Savant, and others have been playing the home automation game for years, decades even. These OG home automation systems require a custom integrator to install, usually have some hard-wired element, and are intuitive, sophisticated, feature-rich, and highly functional.
Where I live, we’ve actually been rocking the single digits, making radiant floor heating–which warms the actual body of the house and not just the air inside it–an incredible thing. This not only keeps your tootsies warm in winter but helps to alleviate drafts and cold exterior walls.
As my sister once described it, being a mom is a ‘total ass-whoop’, and you need every shred of help you can get. But if have endless supplies of energy, you really don’t have anything to complain about, do you? Permanent LED smiles don’t hurt, either.