Category Archives for "Home"

Best Smart Vent: Room by room climate control…sort of

Smart vent systems offer the possibility of room to room climate control.

This benefits you by allowing each room to be custom conditioned depending on the time of day or the preferences of the person in the room.

Before the smart home, this was only possible with expensive zoning systems or decentralized systems such as baseboard heat. Now, several companies are perfecting smart vent systems that will work to increase your comfort and decrease your energy bill.

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Best Smart Shower Systems: Voice control and more

Smart showers can perform actions that you never thought possible—or never thought you needed—just a couple years ago.

I know there’s some naysayers out there that will say, “How hard is it turn a knob? You must be lazy to want a smart shower” or “Just install a recirculating pump if you don’t want to wait for warm water.”

If that’s you, then you can stop reading right now because smart showers are not for you.

Smart shower systems offer some very real benefits over a standard shower. But, a smart shower system is as much a statement of style and luxury as it is about being useful.

I analyzed each available smart shower system on the market and checked out consumer reviews to find the best smart shower system. This guide is the result of my research. Hopefully, it will help you gain some clarity about the current available smart shower systems.

Since it’s still a fairly new (and expensive) technology, I only managed to find a few choices.

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Say Goodbye To Pull-Chains: 7 Ways To Add Smart Control To Your Old Ceiling Fan

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.

Unfortunately, its not always practical to just toss out your old fans and replace them with brand new smart fans.

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C by GE Review: Foolproof Smart Lighting

When C by GE switches were first released, I saw a lot of negative feedback from users citing unreliable WiFi behavior. For that reason, I initially avoided testing them out.

However, since the release, the line has expanded to multiple switches and bulbs which promise to work together and simplify many of the problems that arise with DIY smart lighting.

Once I saw how versatile and simple the devices seem to be, I figured it was time to test them out for myself.

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Haiku Fan Review: A premium product with a premium price tag

There is a certain amount of prestige associated with owning a Big Ass Fan. It’s the sort of thing when people see it, they take a step back and soak it in. They look at it as if they’re looking at a piece of artwork.

The Haiku ceiling fan by Big Ass Fans is an industry leader in noise level, efficiency, and style. When I first wrote this review, it was the only ceiling fan with built-in WiFi connectivity. It was THE first smart ceiling fan.

Since then, a number of other smart ceiling fans have been released. Competitors are starting to catch up with smart integration, but the quality and style of the Haiku is still unique to Big Ass Fans.

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