A Smart Home Can Help You And Your Baby Get More Sleep

What were you doing at 2:00 am last night? If you were holding a screaming baby, this article is for you.

Sleeping is something most of us take for granted for most of our lives. But, the general consensus is that when you become a parent, getting a few hours of uninterrupted sleep becomes a luxury. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.…Read More

Haiku Home’s Haiku Light Is Bling For Your Ceiling

UPDATE: Big Ass Fans has discontinued their line of Haiku Lights. However, they are still a quality product and will continue to offer support for them.  Philips Hue offers a potential alternative to these lights. The Philips Hue white ambiance Being fixture provides similar smart light capabilities with the advantage of working on the well-developed Philips Hue app.

If you’re not familiar with Haiku Home products, let me take a minute to enlighten you.

Haiku Home is focused on dressing up your home’s ceiling. Their Haiku series fans really are a cross between a ceiling fan and a work of art. Now with the Haiku light, they’ve expanded to making beautiful light fixtures, too.…Read More

LEDs Are Better And Here’s Why

Stop living in the past. Get rid of your old incandescents and CFLs. If you haven’t started switching out your old bulbs for LED bulbs, it’s time to start. Even though LED bulbs are still more expensive than competing types of light bulbs up front, you will recoup the cost over the long life of the LED bulb.…Read More

Geofencing With IFTTT And Life360

UPDATE: I originally wrote this tutorial for use with the ecobee3 smart thermostat. However, the same general process can be used to setup geofencing for any smart home product that has an IFTTT channel. Just follow this tutorial and wherever I mention “ecobee3” just replace it with your product.

The Ecobee3 is great, but the smart home/away feature leaves a bit to be desired. It uses motion sensors placed in the Ecobee3 (see on Amazon) and its satellite sensors to determine whether your house is occupied or not. Unfortunately, there are several limitations with using only motion sensors as your home/away sensors:…Read More

How To Make The Most Of Your Ecobee Remote Sensors

The Ecobee3 remote sensors give the Ecobee3 thermostat a unique advantage over its competitors. You can set up these little satellite sensors anywhere in your home to give the Ecobee3 more knowledge of temperature and activity in your home. You’ll have to do a little bit of setup to tell the Ecobee3 exactly how to use this information to keep you comfortable, but it’s not too difficult and should only take a few minutes. Let’s get started!…Read More