✅ Reliable Wifi Connection
✅ Easy to Schedule
✅ No Extra hubs required
✅ Voice control for all 3 major platforms
❌ No native geofencing
❌ Bare minimum IFTTT implementation
❌ Minimal control from thermostat
For the past couple years, I’ve been patiently waiting for a truly smart thermostat to be created for line voltage heaters. People with low-voltage systems have had Nest and ecobee to play with for years, but people with line voltage systems have been left out in the cold.
It’s not that there hasn’t been ANY smart thermostats available for line voltage. There are a few models that have been available for several years. But, I’ve found that they usually fall into one of two categories:
a) attempt to be a full-featured smart thermostat but fail due to terrible connectivity and unusable apps.
b) a nice connected product that does what it’s supposed to but requires a third party hub and lots of user programming.
Since the vast majority of potential buyers are looking for a product that makes their life easier, neither option seems too appealing.
What does sound appealing?
How about a smart thermostat that does the basics really well? Reliable connection, no extra hubs, easy scheduling and zoning.
And perhaps once the basics are in place, some advanced smart features could be added? Voice control, IFTTT, geofencing, energy reports.
Is that too much to ask?…Read More
You have electric heat in your place. You probably have multiple thermostats to control that heat. Now you’ve decided it’s time to get those heaters some smart control. Is it even possible without spending hours hacking together a DIY solution? Of course it is. All it will take is a quick read of this article. I’ll fill you in on the latest products available and which ones will fit best in your home.…Read More
To me, the idea of having to manually reach up and pull the pull-chain on a ceiling fan is as awful as having to manually lift up your garage door. So, if you’re like me and you’re addicted to everything smart home, you probably have a need to add smart control to any ceiling fans in your home.
If you’re in the market for a quality air purifier, you might want to check out the Philips brand of purifiers. They make a number of different air purifiers to suit rooms of different sizes and with various additional features. The specific model I’m looking at in this article is the Philips 1000i Connected Air Purifier.
It’s attractive, portable, and it’s a smart WiFi enabled air purifier with True HEPA. It works surprisingly well with the free Air Matters app on a phone or tablet. As an air cleaner, it does an excellent job of reducing pollen, allergens, dust mites, mold, pet dander, odors and gases* and this model is recommended for bedrooms up to about 200 square feet.…Read More
In this age of smart devices and appliances, the sheer number of available options continue to grow – as does the variety. So, it only makes sense for an established ceiling fan manufacturer to modernize their product line by equipping these stationary fixtures with “smart” features to offer consumers. Enter the Hunter Symphony Ceiling Fan With Wi-Fi capability.…Read More
Once you’ve used smart home technology on a single appliance, and you’ve experienced the ultimate in “easy living” – you tend to get a little spoiled. Naturally, you want to use it more often, on more things. And you begin looking for opportunities.
While the possibilities seem endless, we are still in the early days of smart home technology. Thankfully, there are companies like Olibra – who are on the cutting edge in this emerging field. What they have now is just the beginning of what is to come.
What they have already developed and made available to customers is a device called Bond (as in- James Bond, perhaps?) which converts your ceiling fans and electric and gas fireplaces into smart appliances you can control and monitor from your phone.…Read More
You’ve probably heard of people saving money using smart thermostats. However, most of the hugely popular thermostats like Nest or ecobee are not for use in high voltage applications like under floor heat. Fortunately, there are some smart thermostats available for electric floor heat. They just don’t get the same amount of press as the bigger names.
In this article, I’ll take a little time to explain what thermostats made specifically for electric floor heat can be used for and what they can’t be used for. Then, I’ll list a few of the models available for purchase in the US along with a brief description of how they might fit into your smart home. …Read More
So you’re looking to welcome a fancy new smart thermostat into your home but you’re not quite sure which to choose? The ecobee4 and Nest 3rd Gen. are widely considered the best two smart thermostats available. Read just about any smart thermostat review and you’ll repeatedly see these two come out on top. So how do you decide which one is the better buy?…Read More
A thermostat is not something you want to replace every couple years, let alone after a couple months. And yet, if you scroll through reviews on Amazon, you’ll find tons of people that sent back their smart thermostats after a very short time. Don’t worry! You don’t need to be THAT person. There’s several really great smart thermostats on the market and millions of satisfied owners.
The best smart thermostat needs to be reliable, easy to use, and require minimal input from you. Keep reading and I’ll help you find the one that’s best for you.…Read More
Everything else in your house is getting smarter, so why not your ceiling fan too? Believe it or not the best smart fans can save energy (which translates to $$ on your monthly bill) without you ever having to lift a finger. Plus, our top pick has the luxurious looks that will make you feel rich and famous (or at least rich).…Read More