Smart Homes https://smarthomessystem.com Latest in Smart Homes Technologies Mon, 21 Oct 2019 04:42:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Best Home Buying Tips for Millennial’s https://smarthomessystem.com/best-home-buying-tips-for-millennials/ https://smarthomessystem.com/best-home-buying-tips-for-millennials/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 04:42:33 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1096 It is a dream of everyone to buy a new home. Many people struggle a lot to buy a new home. There is nothing great than purchasing a home in your adulthood. It would be the best investment for your future. The current Millennials are trying hard and also working very hard to buy their …

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It is a dream of everyone to buy a new home. Many people struggle a lot to buy a new home. There is nothing great than purchasing a home in your adulthood. It would be the best investment for your future. The current Millennials are trying hard and also working very hard to buy their own home. But it often gets difficult for them, as they are still in their adulthood period.

In the olden days, there was a myth that no millennials will ever buy a home. But now the myth was destroyed, many millennials started to buy their first home and also began to give some tips and advice to other millennials out there. In this article, we will see the best and top millennials’ home buying tips. So without wasting time, let’s get into the discussion of millennials tips for purchasing the homes, right onto the debate.

Clear your educational loan debt

It is a real fact that many students who are currently reading or working failed to pay their student educational loans. They often don’t give that much importance to the student’s loan. But when it comes to a situation where you want to make the next big step in your life. You will struggle.

It is a significant reason that most of the millennials postpone their plans to buying their homes. So if you are a millennial and planning to buy a house, then, first of all, clear all your student loan debt, if you have any. And if you don’t have any loan or you have already cleared, then your route is cleared. Now you can actually move forward to the next tip in buying the new home.

Prepare yourself for a down payment

Many people don’t pay even a single penny when they buy their first home. They buy their first home with a mortgage. It is the right solution but not the better one. The most beneficial one is to save the money to pay the down payment for your home. By doing so, we can quickly clear the home loan debts. The interest will also be reduced.

It is actually tricky being a millennial to save money for the down payment. It is suggested that it takes almost seven years to save the money for your down payment. But still people it is just an approximation because the Millenials have a lot of commitments rather than saving money for the down payment. They have to take care of themselves, clear the debts, pay the bills, and many more.

Be unique

If you are already done with your student loan and down payment money, it means that you have cleared the halfway. The next step is entering the home marketing area. There is a competition going on, on buying homes. So you have to be super careful and prepared to buy your first home. First of all, it would be so much better to apply for a pre-approved home loan. Then move n with the process, reach out to the home seller and talk with them.

In your budget

There will be plenty of homes available in the market, set a budget line, and start your hunt. Don’t ever feel tired of finding the perfect house. Always keep your eyes wide open. Keep updating yourself about the new offers and homes available around you. There are many homes for sale tyler TX is available.

One of the best ways to do is to have ore contact with home sellers. So that they will update you about the available homes, keep on trying to find the best one until you get one. Get suggestions from everyone around you, your parents, your family members, relatives, friends, and it could be anyone. But the thing is, you have to make the decision.

Wrapping up

Well, in this article, we have seen the brighter side of buying a home as a millennial and some tips for millennial to buy their first home. These tips would be handy for a millennial to buy a new home. If you are a millennial who is trying to buy a new home, then make use of these tips and reach your goal. Planning always makes our work simple and successful. So plan and start preparing to execute the plan.

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5 Things Every Home Office Should Have https://smarthomessystem.com/5-things-every-home-office-should-have/ https://smarthomessystem.com/5-things-every-home-office-should-have/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 05:03:50 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1090 If there’s a perfect manifestation of life’s boring routine, it has got to be a steady job from 9 to 5. Despite that being the most common thing out there, there are those fortunate enough to escape the day job monotony as they work from home. Whether you’re a freelancer or a person whose job …

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If there’s a perfect manifestation of life’s boring routine, it has got to be a steady job from 9 to 5. Despite that being the most common thing out there, there are those fortunate enough to escape the day job monotony as they work from home. Whether you’re a freelancer or a person whose job doesn’t really need them to go to a company building, there’s nothing quite like being able to work from the comfort of your own place. That doesn’t mean you should work on your bed, though. You’re going to need to set up a decent home office that not only puts you in the right mindset to work but also has everything you might need. Here are some of the essentials. 

  1. Desks and chairs

Yes, it is very tempting to work on your couch, but this is a very bad idea if you come to think about it. If you work there, you’ll find yourself either dozing off or watching TV instead of getting any work done. This is why you need to have a dedicated workstation with a decent desk and a comfy chair. That way, you can sit when you need to work, and you’ll get it done. After that, go lay on the couch all you want. 

2. Proper lighting 

That means getting rid of that faint yellow lamp. You want to get things done, and that requires proper lighting. If your home office has access to some natural daylight in the mornings, then so be it. But it’s the nights that you have to worry about. So, get yourself a decent lighting system that won’t cause you to fall asleep instead of work. 

3. Office equipment 

It goes without saying that you will need a computer or a laptop to work, but that’s not all the equipment you’ll need. You want to make this the closest thing there is in an actual office setting, which means you should get state-of-the-art laser printers, scanners, telephone, and everything else you might need for your job. Don’t forget the importance of a high-speed internet connection, because if you stick to your normally average speed, you’ll long for your office days. 

4. File cabinets

Whether you’re at an actual office or a home-based one, storing your important files on the desk is never a good idea. Those stacks mean you will lose important documents, and more importantly, it is quite discouraging for everyone who walks in, including you. So, get yourself a file cabinet that you can use to store any documents you’ll be using. 

5. Coffee machine 

While this isn’t a must, it is definitely something you should consider having. Getting yourself a coffee machine in your home office will save you all those trips to the kitchen, which will probably entail a lot of wasted time. When you get one, you don’t need to leave your office every time you want some coffee.

You also have your pens, papers, cups, staplers, and all of those things that you might need for your work. But these five we’ve mentioned above will go a long way into making your home office much cooler. Add to that some self-discipline and motivation, and you’ll be able to get things done. 

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The Difference Between A CCTV And PC Monitor https://smarthomessystem.com/the-difference-between-a-cctv-and-pc-monitor/ https://smarthomessystem.com/the-difference-between-a-cctv-and-pc-monitor/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 04:29:53 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1087 CCTV stands for “closed-circuit television” and it’s one of the most vital components of any security setup involving cameras. CCTV monitors have been seeing a lot of progress and development thanks to the bloom of technologies that revolutionized video recording. High-resolution cameras introduced to the market made CCTV monitors evolve into more powerful monitors to …

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CCTV stands for “closed-circuit television” and it’s one of the most vital components of any security setup involving cameras. CCTV monitors have been seeing a lot of progress and development thanks to the bloom of technologies that revolutionized video recording. High-resolution cameras introduced to the market made CCTV monitors evolve into more powerful monitors to be able to take advantage of the full features of such cameras. A lot of people have started using normal PC monitors as it’s now possible to connect your security cameras to a lot of media-displaying monitors. Either of these can display security footage, but the question is, which one should you pick? We’ll be helping you decide the preferred method according to the differences between a standalone CCTV and a PC monitor.

Resolution

While a lot of monitors on the PC market are of high resolution these days, the need for them can sometimes be less important than you’d think. When it comes to the CCTV monitor vs PC monitor battle, PC monitors win in the resolution feature. While PC monitors can display resolutions up to 8K, they can’t be utilized except when the cameras themselves are of such high resolution. Using a PC monitor can bottleneck you, as most cameras are designed to display 1K HD resolutions. Before you purchase your monitor, make sure you know the maximum resolution of your camera to make an informed decision.

Connectivity and Retention

CCTV monitors are standalone monitors that are made for the sole purpose of being connected to a CCTV camera. This can save you a lot of hassle when it comes to connecting the cables to your monitor. You won’t need any converter and you won’t risk connecting the wrong cables. Another important aspect is the image retention features of the monitor.

Average PC and TV monitors aren’t made to be operational 24/7. While the manufacturing and build quality of normal monitors is high these days, their lifespans can be considerably shortened if they’re overworked. Images will start to be burnt onto the screen and it will drastically affect the quality of the display. You don’t need to worry about leaving your CCTV monitor operating at all times as it was designed to handle such workload.

Price

CCTV monitors are considered more expensive than average PC monitors. If your budget is too restricted to purchase a CCTV monitor, then buying a PC one can perhaps help you get by. Even though the resolution of a PC monitor can be better and for a cheaper price, there are some drawbacks. CCTV monitors are designed entirely for security purposes, which makes them more durable and able to easily handle long running times and transportation.

The versatility provided by the choice of using a CCTV or a PC monitor is quite beneficial when you’re trying to maximize the number of options. Generally, it’s always recommended to use a CCTV monitor for your cameras as they are specifically designed for them. But using a PC monitor isn’t always bad if you have a low budget; just make sure not to overload it until you get a CCTV monitor.

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Tips To Choose the Best Air Fryers https://smarthomessystem.com/tips-to-choose-the-best-air-fryers/ https://smarthomessystem.com/tips-to-choose-the-best-air-fryers/#respond Sun, 29 Sep 2019 09:02:41 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1084 Ever wondered what cooks those beautiful golden fried chips or french fries at your favourite restaurant or cafe? Yes, that’s probably a fryer doing the job for you. As compared to a fat fryer, the air fryer is a better alternative as it uses less oil or sometimes, no oil at all. But with so …

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Ever wondered what cooks those beautiful golden fried chips or french fries at your favourite restaurant or cafe? Yes, that’s probably a fryer doing the job for you. As compared to a fat fryer, the air fryer is a better alternative as it uses less oil or sometimes, no oil at all. But with so many options available in the market and on online platforms, which one should you really go for? So before you start searching for Gourmia air fryer reviews to put the fryer into your cart, let us first go through some important tips you can follow to get the best air fryer to suit your requirements. 

The types of air fryers

Before we go straight away to the tips, let us first understand the two major types of air fryers available today – 

  1. Ones with the pull out tray – So these fryers have a tray or bowl that you can pull out. The food is of course placed inside the tray or bowl but you would not be able to check the progress without pulling the food out. 
  2. Ones with a bowl – Usually bigger in size, they come with a viewing window which allows you to check the progress of food without having to pull out the food. Even with this edge, they are not preferred by top cafes and restaurants. 

Features to look out for 

Reading Gourmia air fryer reviews before selecting your pick from the lot might just be a good way to start off. However, you should also know what feature would be more beneficial to you. So here are some added features that you can check for in your fryer before buying it. 

  1. Stirring paddle – As fancy as it sounds, it sometimes does make things more complex. The stirring paddle is attached into the fryers so that it can turn your food around to give even heat and thus make your food properly cooked inside. As they often end up breaking the food into pieces, most of the paddle laced fryers are used without their stirring paddles. 
  2. Digital timers – Almost all air fryers come with a timer which allows you to set the time for cooking your food. Where some of them have manual timers to be set by turning the dial, the ones with digital timers give a better sense of convenience as you are able to check how much time is left in the clock for the food to be cooked!
  3. Smart features – An air fryer that can be controlled with an app on your tab or phone? Why not? Even though it is more on the luxury side of things, this feature allows you to conveniently set timers, check temperatures, start or stop cooking the food
  4. Dishwasher safe parts – A crucial feature you should always consider. Every time your air fryer is used, it needs to be washed and if your air fryer is not dishwasher safe, it becomes more complex a process to wash it or its parts. Your tray and even the paddle should be dishwasher safe. 
  5. An extra cooking rack – two is better than one then why not cooking two different dishes at once in the same fryer? The extra cooking rack allows you to cook two different types of foods without having to mix them and saves both your time and efforts. 

With these added features to consider, you would find it easy to choose the few top models to finally buy the air fryer which would suit your needs. 

How to finally buy the air fryer

  1. Research well – The first step to buying a good air fryer especially when you are a beginner is to research well. Check out the different models available, read about the features and offerings. You can check out the reviews from some of the top brands to know what people look for or prefer as per their requirements. After all, reading a few Gourmia air fryer reviews is only going to help you buy the best one. 
  2. Compare the prices and the features – The final step after having narrowed down to some top models from reviews and research is to compare the features as well as the prices. You should stick to a budget to get your air fryer and avoid overspending!

Conclusion

Remember, it is not about choosing the best air fryer model in the market. Whatever you choose, will be upgraded by the same brand or a competitor in a matter of months. The air fryer you buy need not be the best, but certainly should be the best suited for you. Go for reliability and features even if the budget has to be stretched to some extent. After all, well cooked food has no alternative!

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Things to Consider Before Replacing Your Old Appliance https://smarthomessystem.com/things-to-consider-before-replacing-your-old-appliance/ https://smarthomessystem.com/things-to-consider-before-replacing-your-old-appliance/#respond Fri, 27 Sep 2019 04:25:14 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1080 From dishwashers to refrigerators, range hoods, garbage disposals, washers, and dryers, we all have a wide range of appliances in our homes to make work easier and life more convenient. However, these appliances aren’t created to last forever. Depending on factors such as quality, maintenance, and lifespan, appliances develop faults with time or even break …

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From dishwashers to refrigerators, range hoods, garbage disposals, washers, and dryers, we all have a wide range of appliances in our homes to make work easier and life more convenient. However, these appliances aren’t created to last forever. Depending on factors such as quality, maintenance, and lifespan, appliances develop faults with time or even break down completely. When this happens, it’s when you realize that that piece of equipment actually adds value to your life and you feel like rushing to the nearest store to purchase a new one. Well, not so fast!  

Before replacing that old appliance in your laundry room or kitchen, there are several things you need to put into consideration. Whether it’s your fridge, your garbage disposal, your cooker, or even your coffee maker, you want to ensure that you’re making the right decision… one that is not based on desperate emotions or frustration but fact. 

Before you go ahead and replace your old appliances, here are some things you should consider. 

Do Your Homework

As a wise shopper, it’s always important to conduct some research about the specific item that you need before approaching the shelves. Once you’ve figured that you need to replace an old appliance, maybe due to poor aesthetics or performance issues the first and most important thing to do is to go online and see what various retailers are stocking. Apart from simply performing a Google search on kitchen item or looking it up on several online retail shops, Meghann from Simple Green Moms, says you’ll also want to check out what previous consumers and professional kitchen appliance product reviews have to say about the specific item you’re looking for. This can help give you a general idea on what to expect, how much you need, the brands to stay away from and where you can buy the specific appliances, among other things. It will also help you narrow down your options to the best product out there, advisably after considering the factors that follow below.

Is Repair an Option?

Maybe you’ve had the appliance for a couple of years now, and for various reasons, you think it’s time to let it go. If the main reason is performance-related, however, it’s worth considering whether or not; repair can make it any better. Well, while repairing the appliance can bring it back to life, it may not be a viable option if you’ve done a couple of repairs already and the problem is persistent. You may also be forced to replace the appliance if it has a damaged part that is no longer on the market or is so hard to find. Additionally, a replacement will be the best way to go if repairing your old unit costs almost the same as getting a new one, which brings us to the next important consideration.

Age of the Appliance

Different appliances have different lifetimes. For instance, most refrigerators are built to last for at least 13 years, whereas dishwashers and microwaves have an average lifespan of 9 years according to HouseLogic. However, this number may be respectively lower or higher for each and every appliance depending on how well it is maintained. All the same, the 50% rule o replacement applies in all of them. If your old appliance has exceeded more than half its expected lifetime and the cost to repair exceeds 50% of the cost of getting a new one, you’ll be better off replacing the old appliance. A unit that has exceeded its warranty may also be worth replacing in case it breaks down.

Energy Consumption

Electricity is a major pain in the back for most homeowners. Well, there are various reasons for increasing energy bills in general, but when thinking of replacing your old appliance, it’s important to consider how much energy it has been consuming and weigh it against what your new appliance will consume. Have you been experiencing high electricity bills lately? If so, you may want to have a professional appliance handyman or electronics technician come over and assess your appliances to find out which one has been causing these mountain bills.

The good thing is that with technological advancements in the modern-day, newer appliance models with high energy-efficiency ratings have been developed. Before you pick up that new appliance and ditch your old one, it pays to consider just how much it can save you each month as far as energy bills are concerned. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-efficient fridges and washer models have lower energy consumption by as much as 20% or more and can save you money in the long run. Precisely, be sure to check out for an Energy Star Label before picking any new appliance. All the same, it’s not uncommon to find out that you could save even more energy with your old unit by simply switching it off when not in use.

Maintenance

As earlier hinted out, proper maintenance can actually lengthen the lifespan of an appliance while reducing operational costs and improving its energy efficiency. But then again, each and every appliance has its own set of maintenance requirements. While a microwave won’t require much from you other than cleaning, a clothes dryer may require you to check the exhaust vent for proper airflow at least once annually. Your refrigerator, on the other hand, may require you to vacuum the condenser coils regularly to get rid of any dust or debris that could be trapped therein. Well, most importantly, the level of maintenance required for a particular appliance may vary from one brand or model to another. This brings us back to the importance of doing research before replacing your old appliance with a new one.

Personal Style

Will the replacement unit meet your preferences in terms of style? Will it look good in your kitchen? Will it blend with the rest of your interior décor or other appliances in terms of color, texture, and design? These are just of the many questions you may want to ask yourself before replacing your appliance.

Size

Last but not least, you don’t want a replacement appliance that doesn’t fit well in the designated space or one that is too big for your room. You also don’t want an appliance that will force you to break your door, just to get it inside. More so applies for larger appliances such as fridges, washers, ovens, and cookers. Size is a big deal, especially in this age and day when real estate prices are on the rise.

Finally ditching that old appliance and replacing it with a new one can be fun and exciting. It can give your home a fresh new look, not forgetting the value it adds. However, you just don’t wake up one day, decide that this thing has to go, and head to the market for a new one. For a smart decision, it takes planning and considering a number of factors to avoid future regrets, high costs, inconveniences, and disappointments. Luckily, the above pointers provide you with just enough information that you can use to make a well-informed decision.

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5 Must Have Tools for Your Dental Care https://smarthomessystem.com/5-must-have-tools-for-your-dental-care/ https://smarthomessystem.com/5-must-have-tools-for-your-dental-care/#respond Thu, 26 Sep 2019 04:29:37 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1077 Oral hygiene isn’t a new concept to anybody. It’s the primary means to keep a healthy set of teeth and gums. In the dental world, and in all other aspects of medicine, prevention really is the best approach to one’s health. Yes, everybody knows that brushing one’s teeth is important. But brushing your teeth for …

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Oral hygiene isn’t a new concept to anybody. It’s the primary means to keep a healthy set of teeth and gums. In the dental world, and in all other aspects of medicine, prevention really is the best approach to one’s health. Yes, everybody knows that brushing one’s teeth is important. But brushing your teeth for a few seconds just isn’t enough. If you want to really give the attention your teeth and gums deserve, here are 5 essential tools to use to make sure that your smile stays as pristine as it was at its best.

1. Electric Toothbrush

Most people brush way too hard. There’s a forced mechanical pressure that people tend to apply when they strike back and forth. Plaque and tartar buildup is not like rust. It’s much softer.  Using an electric toothbrush allows for one to effectively remove stains and plaque from your teeth without pushing and scraping away the enamel in the process.

 2. Classic Floss

Everybody says you need to floss more. Why? Because you do. Most cavities that patients have are between the teeth and not on the top of the crown like we’re led to believe. Having physical floss is perfect for between meals or when you’re out in public. A few seconds in the bathroom, removing pieces of food and rinsing out, can save you hundreds on cavity fillings in the future.

3. Water Flosser

After you’ve changed into your pajamas and you’re ready to call it a night, this is where the real care takes place. A water flosser is the perfect way to safely remove all debris from in between your teeth. This keeps your gums from bleeding if they’re sensitive. They also are much more thorough at doing the job than a string is. In terms of brands, the biggest ones are Ultra and Aquarius. If you’re trying to decide which is the best, the internet is your friend. There are 15 or so comparisons between the Ultra and Aquarius with every detail having been taken into account. What you’re looking for, in essence, is something that is both affordable and reliable. In this case, the midrange usually comes out on top.

4. Tongue Scraper 

People always forget the tongue. Your tongue is made up of intrinsic and extrinsic muscles that are covered by layers of buds and crypts. In these tiny spaces, bacteria can build up that causes bad breath and discoloration. Having a good tongue scraper can remove and break up any sort of buildup in these spaces and keep your breath smelling as fresh as possible.

5. Personal Teeth Whitening System

To polish off the look, a good teeth whitening system is an absolute must. Everyone loves a good smile, and the radiance of some grand pearly whites are just what one needs to get ahead in any social situation. It gives the impression of health and attentiveness that people respect.

Oral hygiene isn’t all about what you need in case something goes wrong. It’s about having the right tools and habits to prevent it in the first place. In having a solid routine and a healthy diet that promotes all around good health isn’t just a way to look good, it’s an investment in your future.

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Are Jam Speakers Worth Buying? https://smarthomessystem.com/are-jam-speakers-worth-buying/ https://smarthomessystem.com/are-jam-speakers-worth-buying/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2019 04:16:06 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1073 Lately, everyone has been buying speakers, not only for their house but also for beach days, parties, and also casual hangouts. But, the only problem that people face is that most of the available ones are usually high-priced and unaffordable. There are various brands that have been introduced to the market and one of them …

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Lately, everyone has been buying speakers, not only for their house but also for beach days, parties, and also casual hangouts. But, the only problem that people face is that most of the available ones are usually high-priced and unaffordable. There are various brands that have been introduced to the market and one of them is Jam Speakers, but because they are still fairly new, people remain unsure of their quality and whether they are worth buying or not. 

 Affordability

The market is packed with different types of speaker brands, and while most of them are regarded as high-quality products they are still somewhat unreasonably priced. The best part is that this brand combines between price and value. It has several models and each of them has different attributes, from bass ranges for the quality of sound. And, even the models that reach the highest bass range are still affordable for everyone.  

 Longevity

One of the main struggles of owning a speaker is maintenance. Speakers are relatively expensive to buy, and they are just as pricey when it comes to repairing. And, in some cases, it’s not pricey to fix, but it’s challenging to replace the damaged parts, which makes certain speakers difficult to maintain. But, not all speakers are sensitive to their surroundings as much as others. Many reviews mention that a Jam Speaker is both water and dustproof, meaning you can take them with you to the pool or beach without worrying about them much. As well as being pairable by Bluetooth, you can also connect it using a USB cable, which means it can go on for ages if it is connected with the cable as well as being charged. 

Quality

There is a lot of speculation around low-priced products in the market. People usually dismiss such products and they automatically assume that said merchandise are of low-quality. However, this is not always the case. Speakers like Jam are usually questioned by the people, which is why there is not one, but several testimonies of its quality, portability, and overall performance. As mentioned before, this brand has various models, each of them has its own characteristics. So, as a consumer, you can always check the reviews and the different options that these models have and which of them suits you best. 

Battery Life

Almost all of us check the battery’s life along with its quality before buying any device. Batteries are one of the most integral parts of any appliance, especially when it comes to speakers. People can’t walk around with chargers to revive their speakers whenever they die, which is why battery life is important. There are several brands, like Jam, that have batteries that last up to 8 consecutive hours. Which makes them the perfect option for a long day at the beach or at a party. 

Having said all that, the decision is now yours. The only thing that you need to do before purchasing any device is getting your priorities straight. The key to buying the perfect speaker is to be aware of your needs. Some may prefer booming bass, others may appreciate an incredibly long battery life, and so on. You also need to set a limit for your budget because there are many perfect speakers, but not all of them are affordable. Jam speakers have all the features that are needed to give quality sound as well as being long-lasting and convenient to carry, and of course, being extremely affordable. 

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Potential Causes of High Water Bills and Their Solutions https://smarthomessystem.com/potential-causes-of-high-water-bills-and-their-solutions/ https://smarthomessystem.com/potential-causes-of-high-water-bills-and-their-solutions/#respond Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:20:46 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1065 One of the worst things that we have to come to face as we enter adulthood is the horrible reality of having to be responsible and paying bills. On the flip side though, we gain a better understanding of how even the smallest details of things around us work. With the passage of time, bills …

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One of the worst things that we have to come to face as we enter adulthood is the horrible reality of having to be responsible and paying bills. On the flip side though, we gain a better understanding of how even the smallest details of things around us work. With the passage of time, bills rise. But do we understand why? Today, we’re going to focus on water bills in particular. What makes one bill seem higher than the other? What is it that we are doing or utilizing that makes it such an expensive commodity? And most of all, what is it that we can do in order to fix this problem and gain control over how much water we use, and how much we pay. 

LEAKS

This is probably the most common cause of the spike in your water bills. And this is because there are a couple of areas from which leaks can occur. It can be from the toilet- keep in mind, as it is, the toilet is probably where we consume the most water, so the prospect of having a leak related to the toilet is not a good thing at all. If you hear a weird sound coming from the toilet, or can actually see the water coming down, then you have a leaky toilet. You would also need to check the seals and the flush. 

The same goes for faucets- it’s not always easy to catch a leaky faucet, because it may be doing so very slowly, and sometimes you can notice if the area around it is always wet or there’s a slight drip. The most troublesome leak will be taking place in the internal piping, in the irrigation system. Whichever the leaking case, it’s advisable that you contact a plumber immediately. Locals living in Perth, Australia, for example, know that while taking a shot at these things by themselves may be a hit or miss, it’s always better to contact a water leak detection plumber located in Perth who will understand how to locate the source of the issue and how best to take care of it. You should do the same, wherever you are. Ask a friend for a reliable plumber or go online and see who the best is.

WATER-CONSUMING EQUIPMENT

You need to be aware of what kind of equipment you have in your household, and how much water it consumes. Things like washing machines, pool equipment, garden sprinklers, and so on, are items that you can’t do without but are consuming a considerable amount of water. So how is this manageable? Technology has come a long way, and before you purchase any of these items, do your research first and make sure that they are high-efficiency products, which have been designed to save as much water as possible and still function well.

HABITS

Last but not least, you must go over your habits that include water consumption. When you brush your teeth, turn the tap off. The same goes for when you have a shower, you don’t need to have the shower on the whole time- when you shampoo or scrub your body, turn the shower off. You’ll be surprised by how much water you save when you collectively add those minutes of conscious saving.

If there’s one less bill that we have to worry about because we’ve learned how to manage it, then why not! The more you know about your consumption habits and possible faulty issues that can be fixed, the better we are at saving money and living responsibly without stress.

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How to Make Your House a Smart Home (The Smart Way!) https://smarthomessystem.com/make-house-smart-home-smart-way/ https://smarthomessystem.com/make-house-smart-home-smart-way/#respond Wed, 11 Sep 2019 04:10:19 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1054 We may not have any flying cars yet in 2019, but we sure do have communicating devices that do exactly what we ask them to do. Walking into your kitchen and asking your coffee machine to prepare your morning coffee is no longer a science fiction scene. And while it’s still not as widely spread …

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We may not have any flying cars yet in 2019, but we sure do have communicating devices that do exactly what we ask them to do. Walking into your kitchen and asking your coffee machine to prepare your morning coffee is no longer a science fiction scene. And while it’s still not as widely spread in every household, many people want the magic and luxury that a smart home can bring. 

But as fancy as it looks, it’s not as simple as it sounds! Updating your house to that level of intelligence needs a tech-savvy to take care of the complicated electrical and electronic aspects of the job… right? Well, yes and no. We’ll take you into more details about everything you need to know about upgrading your house into a smart home, and then you’ll be able to decide on how to do just that.

Getting Started with Smart Homes: What Are Your Options?

When it comes to setting up a smart home, there are only two approaches you can take. You can learn the science behind how they work, the different devices and tools you’ll need to set it up and call upon your creative spirit to DIY your own smart home. The second option you have is to hire a professional to install a Crestron system, which is a fully integrated smart home system that offers complete control over your devices in one control panel. While the first option is intriguing, you may find yourself too overwhelmed with how to make it practical and easy to control. The second option presents you with a much more efficient, wholesome, and luxurious control, but you’ll need to discuss the finer details of the idea you have in mind for your home automation system before the installation.

 Let’s get into more details regarding the two options.

 Home Automation 101: Understanding How Smart Homes Work

Integrated Smart Home Systems

A fully integrated smart home system, like Crestron, provides you with complete control over all of your electrical devices. Depending on your routine and programmed settings, you can activate a morning routine with one press of a button on your control device. When you do that, your home automatically starts to shift the scene. The faint night lights go out, the curtains roll open, the relaxing music plays, and your coffee is on its way to be ready. Of course, you may have different preferences in mind, and that’s what the professionals are there for.

 The installation company will discuss with you your different routines and translate them into programmed settings on your new smart home. With just one control panel, you’ll be able to control your lighting, shades, music, TVs, home temperature, irrigation system, and practically every other aspect of your smart home. This may sound like it’s a given in any smart home, but you’ll understand just how great these systems are when we get to the DIY way of automating your home.

DIY Smart Home Solutions

For those who love making their way themselves for the rewarding feeling of self-manufacture, there are many DIY solutions to up your smart home game. The whole idea is to make your devices able to communicate with one another, with a central node of communication that acts as the brains of the whole process. The devices communicate together, and with the brain, through a radio signal. Whenever you want a certain action to take place, you give out the order to the brain, which conveys it through radio signals to your smart devices, and then they take action. Your devices also keep on collecting and analyzing data from the background, so when they’re triggered to change according to the change in background, the same process occurs in reverse.

Smart Home Hubs

Remember the “brain” we were just talking about? In more technical terms, this is the hub into which you connect all of your devices. The hub acts as a central node, it also provides you with one place to control the different devices in your smart home. The catch is that there is more than one hub available in the market, and while that may seem like a good thing to have multiple options to choose from, it doesn’t always work that way.

 The hub is used to connect different devices and make it easy for you to control them all at once, but not every smart device in the market will be compatible with the same hub. That’s why you’ll need to go the extra mile in making sure they’re all compatible with the system you’re using, otherwise you’ll be having many applications to control different devices, which can be troublesome and confusing.

Smart Home Voice Assistants

While the hubs act as the brains of the process, they usually don’t have any voice activation features. This is where a virtual assistant can come to play. Depending on your preferences for the system, you choose a hub and a virtual voice assistant that are compatible with each other, connect them, and then you can give out verbal orders to the hub – through the voice assistant.

Smart Devices

With the brains of the process and your verbal commands ready to get working, this is where the real fun starts. The smart devices are the soldiers that carry out all of your orders, so you can get pretty creative in the way your smart home operates.

Smart Home Devices Category Breakdown

You can turn some devices into smart ones in your home, but to be able to call your whole home smart, you’ll need more than just one multi-colored light bulb. While technically you can turn any device into a communicating and smart piece, here are the main elements of most smart homes:

 WiFi

Smart devices communicate with each other, with the hub, and receive your commands through radio signals. These signals can be through Bluetooth, a mobile network, or a WiFi connection. But if you want to be able to control your home and receive updates even if you’re far away for work or vacation, then a good WiFi connection is a must.

 Installing a hub will ease up some of the load off the WiFi broadband. But if you choose to connect your devices directly to the WiFi modem, you’ll probably need much more storage, but in the end, it all depends on the number of smart devices you’re controlling. In all cases, upping your broadband speed and coverage is essential to get your smart home running smoothly without any lags.

Lighting

Anyone who gets fascinated with setting up a smart home usually starts with the lighting system. That’s no surprise because a smart lighting system can add a sense of luxurious magic in your home.

 When you come home after a long day of work, you’ll find your home warming up to welcome you with the lighting colors of your choice. As you enter any room, the motion sensors will trigger the lights to go on, and you won’t have to worry about the light you’d forgotten to switch off when you left the room – the motion sensors will convey your absence and your electric bill won’t suffer. There’s also the option to set timers on the lights to turn on or off, or you can choose different settings from “energetic, romantic, work/study, or morning” routines to program your lighting system.

Sound

If you feel impressed with the idea of walking into a room that lights up in your welcome, wait till you hear the playlist you’ve been playing in the previous room come to life with the lights. A smart sound system is a whole-house audio system, where smart speakers in every room are connected to your device of control.

 This multi-room speaker system can be connected to your phone playlist, or stream online from your favorite platform. No matter where you are in the house, you can enjoy a seamless music experience, all the while never missing a beat. The speakers can also be used in magnifying your favorite shows and TV marathon experience on your movie nights with family and friends.

Media

Moving onto the spicy little details of your movie night, your smart home experience is just about to leave you breathless. Not only will you be able to turn on your smart TV with a voice command, but you’ll also be able to stream your favorite shows directly on your TV from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. When you pause on a screen and leave to a different media room, you’ll be able to pick up right where you started on the next TV. You can even add in an extra touch in your smart home system, so whenever you start playing your media your lighting settings will change accordingly.

Temperature

Whether it’s your morning routine, your night after a long day of work, your dance session or your movie night, the setting just won’t be right if the temperature is off. But that’s not something you have to worry about, because a smart thermostat will study your habits and routine patterns, and make sure the temperature is exactly how you want it to be. It’ll learn when to turn on your AC, or heat the room in winter. It’s also motion-smart, meaning you’ll enjoy the right temperature in whichever room you’re in, without having to worry about the bill counting up the HVAC system usage in the other rooms.

Security

Not everything about home automation comes down to luxury alone, the supreme security that these systems provide may be exactly what you’ve been looking for your whole life. Your home security will be sure to bulletproof through installing smart cameras, whether indoor, outdoor, or both.

Indoor cameras will provide you with insight to everything going on in your home while you’re away, so you don’t have to overthink about your child being home alone. Outdoor cameras will keep track of every visitor, delivery, or intruder. They will also allow you to take different actions when you’re away, perhaps grant access to the visitor, allowing the delivery guy to leave your parcel in a safe place, or capture the picture of the intruder to take further action.

Safety

Even if you’re very careful with safety measures, sometimes the worst happens. A properly-equipped smart home will come to your aid in these situations. Through installing smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you’ll be able to pin down the exact location of the smoke. If you’re away from home, you’ll still be able to take action once you get the smoke detectors alarm text. Some smart detectors will even light your exit way in the middle of the smoke, as they have built-in emergency lights that will lead the way.

Appliances & Accessories

The extent of your how smart your home can be is only limited by your creativity (and budget, definitely). But when played right, you can turn any device in your smart. You can order your coffee machine to make your coffee, and the irrigation system to keep your lawn healthy and green without wasting any excess water. A smart leak detection system can give alerts immediately, and a smart cleaning robot can kiss your vacuum cleaner goodbye. The list of smart appliances are endless, from smart refrigerators, washing machines, door locks, and garage door openers, fans, and even pet feeders

 Setting Up Your Smart Home

Forget having a robot that does all of your chores. With a smart home, you’ll have every inch of your home at the command of your fingertip- or your voice. Setting up a completely automated home can be somewhat daunting, but there are professional companies you can hire to do the perfect job for you. Depending on your preferences, you’ll have the magical lighting and music settings that fit your taste perfectly. Streaming your favorite shows at any screen will always start from right where you left off, all while enjoying the comfort of the adequate temperature. Whether it’s security or safety, you won’t have to worry anymore. Whatever your wishes, you can turn any device into your faithful servant in your new smart home!

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Creating the Coziest Living Room for Your Family https://smarthomessystem.com/creating-coziest-living-room-family/ https://smarthomessystem.com/creating-coziest-living-room-family/#respond Tue, 10 Sep 2019 04:27:46 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=1048 Coming home to a house with a beautiful interior, especially in your living room, is both relaxing and invigorating. The living room is usually the first room you head to upon arriving. More often than not, the first thing you do is to sit down and put your feet up to relax for a couple …

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Coming home to a house with a beautiful interior, especially in your living room, is both relaxing and invigorating. The living room is usually the first room you head to upon arriving. More often than not, the first thing you do is to sit down and put your feet up to relax for a couple of minutes. Either you keep your eyes closed for a while or you stare and look around your living room. With a design accustomed to your liking, you will then be invigorated and inspired to now move and cook dinner for the family, or just spend quality time with them.

Designate a Play Area

Whether you have kids or not, a play area in your living room is a great idea. If you have kids in the family, create a play corner where the kids can easily reach their toys. If you are all adults in the house, you can still build a play corner where board games are stored. You can also have a game zone with a ping-pong table as long as your living room space permits. After all, games and play are not entirely for children.

Create a Snack Nook or a Reading Nook

Apart from rest, the living room is also an area for recreation. The best way to enhance this functionality is by creating a snack nook. Set up a table with finger foods and snacks that everybody can easily reach. Surround it with stools or chairs that anyone can sit on, apart from the sofa. This is a good way to keep those crumbs off the couch. On the other hand, a reading nook will definitely be appreciated by the bookworms in the family. A cozy reading nook definitely will make your living room feel homey.

Create a Photo Wall or a Gallery Wall

The best way to personalize your living room is by creating a photo wall. It can be the area right above one of your couches. Another ideal spot would be on a sideboard. Arrange the photos in a visually engaging manner by using frames that are in coordination with your living room theme. A grid formation is also a timeless way of arraigning the photos on your wall. Conversely, you can also display a gallery of hats for instance in your bare wall. You can also use an oversized artwork and this will do the trick. This will make your living room stand out and be unique.

Choose the Perfect Sofa

If you have limited space, chances are you have a sofa bed. If you have a spacious space, tendency is you have a couple of matching couches that fill the living room area. You might even have a lazy boy, which is very convenient and comfortable during movie nights. Nonetheless, the color of your sofa can dictate the overall theme of your living room. Neutral colors usually express a minimalist design while bold colors illustrate an artistic vibe. Nonetheless, you have the freedom to have fun with the colors in your living room. You can also reupholster your sofa and incorporate a leather cover. This will definitely make a living room statement. Accentuate it with an alternate layer of soft throw pillows and comfortable rugs, perfect for cuddle weather. You can also let the throw pillows steal the show.

Take Advantage of Modern Technology

It would be nice to dim your lights with just a clap of your hands or snap of your fingers. It would also be nice to control the room temperature with a remote. If your budget permits, incorporate the use of technology in your living room for your comfort and convenience.

Declutter

As simple as it may seem, keeping your living room spic and span maintains a cozy atmosphere. Use shelves to neatly arrange books or décor. In the same manner, use storage boxes as necessary to free your living room space from clutter. Every once in a while, hold a garage sale and let go of the stuff that you no longer need. This will ensure that you will have room for the things that matter most.

Lighten Up

Paint your walls white to make your living room bright. Give up heavy drapes and use white flowy curtains. Open your windows to let fresh air in. Use white LED lights that are energy efficient. On the other hand, you can also opt to hang a slim crystal chandelier that can be the highlight of your living room. Light posts on both corners or your sofa or couch are also show stoppers. Nonetheless, a light and bright living room is more inviting compared to its dark counterpart. On the other hand, a darker shade can also make the living room intimate. So if you decide to paint your walls a darker shade, use lights that will accentuate the color best. For instance, a deep blue hue is best accentuated by yellow lights.

Let Your Floors Shine

Literally and figuratively, let your floors shine. Keep your floors clean and shiny at the very least, and this alone is already inviting. Wooden floors are also attractive and easy to clean. On the other hand, a carpeted floor is now outdated. More and more modern but cozy living room interiors are enhanced by rugs on the floor instead of carpets.

Maintain Cohesiveness

If the overall theme of your home is a modern and chic look, it is best if your living room blends with the theme. This way, it will be easier for you to decorate and accentuate with the same tone of the pieces all throughout the house.

In conclusion, the living room is where memories happen. Family fun and game nights are typically done in the living room. It is also the area where family guests are received and welcomed. Hence, it is just right to make it cozy, relaxing, and invigorating according to your family’s needs and preferences. It is important to design your living room to be comfortable for everyone.

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