Regular smoke alarms are dirt cheap. The cheapest models can be bought for about $5. The city I live in actually gives them away for free.
So why would anybody pay $100 or more for a single smoke detector? Well, because it’s a smart smoke detector.
I love connected devices. Heck, I created an entire website dedicated to them. However, I’m not entirely convinced that spending this kind of money is worth it.
There are low cost alternatives called smart listeners. In addition, there is one smart smoke alarm that’s fairly affordable.Read More
Smart locks are growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. After all, safety and security rank high among all of the ways new technology is improving our lives. With a smart lock, you’ll no longer need to rush home to make sure you locked the door. Instead, most allow you to check the app to see the lock history and lock the door remotely.
By the same token, if you misplace your keys, a smart lock means that you no longer have to call a locksmith, stash a key under the doormat, or climb in through a second-story window. And if someone like a housekeeper, friend or AirBnB guest needs access, there is no need to sneak out of work to let them in. You can easily grant guest access using your app.
With great features available like motion sensors and auto-unlock, it may be time to upgrade to a smart lock. But with all of the options on the market, how do you know which features are important and which smart lock to choose?Read More
If you’ve ever wished you could control your air conditioner from the convenience of your phone, smart AC controllers are here to save the day. They give you the tools to manage the temperature of your home, whether or not you’re there.
However, there are a wide variety of these smart switches on the market, and it’s tough to know which features are important and why.
Here is everything you need to know about choosing the best smart air controller, plus five reviews of the best options available. In no time at all, you’ll be ready to make your air as smart as you are.Read More
Ever wonder if you forgot to close your garage door when you left for work? Or worse, ever been miles away when you suddenly remembered you left your garage door open?
Or maybe you’ve had Amazon packages stolen off your porch because the delivery person had nowhere else to put them.
But if you have a smart garage door controller, you won’t have to worry about any of that anymore. You can know for sure that your door is shut – regardless of whether you remembered to or not.Read More
A smart sprinkler controller has the power to be your own personal lawn care expert. As a class of products, I think smart sprinklers are one of the most effective and useful smart products you can buy today. They have the ability to help you minimize your water use while simultaneously maximizing your lawn’s curb appeal.
So, instead of trying to comb through web searches to learn the finer points of lawn care myself, I would rather just “hire” my very own lawn care expert in the form of a smart sprinkler controller.
What follows is what you need to know to find a smart sprinkler controller that will fit your needs.Read More