Smart Homes https://smarthomessystem.com Latest in Smart Homes Technologies Sat, 18 Aug 2018 19:36:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 How Do Windows Increase Home Value? https://smarthomessystem.com/windows-increase-home-value/ https://smarthomessystem.com/windows-increase-home-value/#respond Sat, 18 Aug 2018 19:34:59 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=724 If you’re considering replacing your windows in your home, you’re most likely replacing outdated, broken, or energy draining windows that need to be replaced. However, new window replacement will add value far beyond increased safety and energy efficiency. Window replacement will drastically improve the overall value of your home in both short term operating costs …

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If you’re considering replacing your windows in your home, you’re most likely replacing outdated, broken, or energy draining windows that need to be replaced. However, new window replacement will add value far beyond increased safety and energy efficiency. Window replacement will drastically improve the overall value of your home in both short term operating costs and long term resale value.

Increased asking price

When a homeowner installs new windows, they can reasonably tack on around 70% of the cost to the asking price on their home. With an average of a 70% return on investment, this makes window replacement one of the surest and best ways to increase home value.

New windows help discourage low offers

Windows are a surefire way to increase the curb appeal of your home. Observant home hunters will immediately notice if your home has outdated windows, and this will increase the odds that buyers will request a discounted selling price. When a home has outdated or dirty windows, a potential buyer can lowball the asking price by up to ten times the amount it would cost to replace the window. It’s far better to invest in window replacement upfront.

Decreased energy bills

New windows is a sound investment in the long and short run. While replacing windows will ultimately increase your home’s resale value, it will also drastically reduce your day to day energy bills. Depending on the current condition of your windows and their efficiency rating, homeowners can expect to see as much as a 20% reduction on their heating and cooling bills after replacing the windows in their home. This can translate to thousands of dollars over the course of several years. Energy efficiency is a an appealing component to potential buyers – they will be interested in finding a home that will have reduced operating costs.

Improved appearance

Older windows can become clouded or dirty over time, significantly reducing the appearance of your home from both the exterior and interior. When not properly maintained, wood windows can deteriorate over time. By replacing older model windows with newer materials such as fiberglass, you will not only enjoy a higher quality of light within your home but you will improve the curb appeal of your home’s outward appearance. Newer materials will also require less maintenance, and are easier to clean.

Window replacement is an investment that is guaranteed to increase your home’s value when installed by a local contractor. Window replacement will result in immediate and long term cost savings. In the short term, you can expect a moderate to significant reduction in your heating and cooling bills due to increased energy efficiency. In the long term, new windows will ensure your home’s resale value will be as high as it can possibly be. By investing in new windows, a homeowner can expect to see thousands of dollars of savings over the course of several years.

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Furnace Installation: Do It Yourself or Have It Done https://smarthomessystem.com/furnace-installation-done/ https://smarthomessystem.com/furnace-installation-done/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 21:02:47 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=719 Many of us come across the dilemma of what to do when you need to install a brand-new furnace. The most adventurous ones with an enthusiasm for everything DIY related will step up and do the installation by themselves. Others will shy away instead and will rely completely on an HVAC expert. You can suspect …

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Many of us come across the dilemma of what to do when you need to install a brand-new furnace. The most adventurous ones with an enthusiasm for everything DIY related will step up and do the installation by themselves. Others will shy away instead and will rely completely on an HVAC expert.

You can suspect that the most reserved folks are the ones that are doing it right. Why would you mess up your furnace and your entire HVAC system, just because you think you can do it yourselves? Well, like life, extremes are what takes you off balance, and this is no exception.

Both ways might be right, however, it depends on the type of HVAC system, the type of furnace, and the process of the installation. In this article, we will point out the furnace installation process. What’s more, you will also know which steps require professional assessment, and which ones you can do good by yourself.

Know Your Furnace

Did you purchase gas, an oil or an electric furnace? Including this in perspective is key because each has different installation requirements. Oil furnaces are more basic, and they come ready for installing as they don’t need special ducts that must be properly adjusted and sealed.

On the contrary, if your furnace runs on gas or electricity, special attention is required, as wiring and ductwork must be matched with extreme caution and precision. Also, the ducts on gas furnaces must be sealed to perfection, all of this to prevent any gas leaks that can intoxicate or start a fire inside your house.

We are not making a distinction as to which one is better, as they are both great depending on your unique circumstances. However, in an objective way, oil furnaces demand more time and considerations in maintenance, whilst gas and electric furnace’s most demanding times would be during the installation process.

Do the Math

The truth is that whilst all services can be done by a furnace contractor, not everything should necessarily be done by them. If you don’t know where to start, we offer you the general costs of furnace services, so you can have a better idea.

According to Homeadvisor, the estimate furnace installation price in the USA is about $4,234.00 USD. Labor costs are also a thing to consider. The initial price in the U.S. per licensed technician oscillates between $50 and $75 USD per hour.

You should also consider the cost of your fuels. To do so, you need to gather your utility bills and multiply the total cost by 12. This is also something your utility company can give you.

Doing this might be tedious at first but it will save you a lot of money, not only in the installation process but also in the years to come.

Installing the Furnace

Now we are going through the installation process and see which steps can be done by you and which ones should be done by a licensed technician.

  1. Troubleshoot and tap return air drop: This can easily be done by yourself. Just make sure you trace the affected parts of the duct and tap them. Doing this will reduce the noise of the furnace because the decreased turbulent airflow will lower the static pressure from the ductwork.
  2. Seal ductwork joints: This can still be done by you, yet you do need special material like aluminum tape or paint-on-mastic to seal any air leaks. This is essential for avoiding down drafting of hot water tank B vents. Also, the correct amount of air volume will be properly delivered through the HVAC system, enhancing thermal comfort as a result.
  3. Placing radius throat elbow and turning vanes: This can be done by you as well. Just make sure you have the right tools to do so. These little angels help to deliver a more uniform/lower pressure airdrop that decreases the load on the furnace blower fan, lowering electricity bills as a result.
  4. Install the filter cabinet: Unless you are an advanced furnace expert, this is totally recommended to be done by a licensed technician. The filter cabinet should not only be perfectly sealed to prevent any leaks, it should also be placed in an unobstructed place that is accessible, so the air filter can be easily replaced.
  5. Place and level the Furnace: This requires the service of a licensed professional as well. If you live in Edmonton, there are many high-quality services that can provide you with the best furnace leveling job: This will particularly help high-efficiency furnaces to prevent acidic condensations during the function, lowering the risk of corrosion as a result.
  6. Match with your thermostat: This can be done by you. However, you need to understand how your HVAC system works, in order to find the thermostat that best suits your installation requirements.
  7. Install a double pipe system: Often, new gas furnaces require a double pipe system. Like any pipe and duct installation, this should be done by a licensed contractor. The contractor will deliver a high-quality system that provides you with a more regulated combustion that enhances your furnace performance.
  8. Troubleshoot your furnace: This process is tricky, and when it comes to gas furnaces a licensed technician is definitely required. Remember that gas furnaces have combustion processes that liberate CO as a result, and it has no color, no odor, as well as being deathly toxic. A licensed technician has the ability to properly troubleshoot and fix this issue.

You Decide

Finally, the decision is up to you. Just make sure you don’t put yourself nor anyone’s life at risk. If you’re not sure about anything in the installation process don’t hesitate to contact a licensed technician right away.

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Best Exercise Equipment for a Smart Healthy Home https://smarthomessystem.com/best-exercise-equipment/ https://smarthomessystem.com/best-exercise-equipment/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:04:33 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=713 Exercise is an important part of our daily routine. Sometimes we are too busy to get to the gym or we just prefer to workout at home. Whatever the case, there are great pieces of equipment one can buy to get the exercise they desire right at home. The best exercise equipment for the house …

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Exercise is an important part of our daily routine. Sometimes we are too busy to get to the gym or we just prefer to workout at home. Whatever the case, there are great pieces of equipment one can buy to get the exercise they desire right at home.

The best exercise equipment for the house is a nice treadmill. Treadmills are great because they can be compact, they can be strong, and they can allow you tracking options for your exercise routine.

Pick a nice piece of equipment that is not only healthy but can also tell you how well you are progressing from one workout to the next.

Compact Treadmills

For homes that don’t have a lot of space, what may be important is having a small area to place the treadmill. When I was a little girl, my parents had an area cut out in their bedroom from what looked like an unfinished closet. It didn’t have doors or anything, but what did occupy the space was a nice treadmill.

It was perfect for that spot. it was out of the way of the room, yet very accessible. I’m thinking it was my mom’s idea because she was into walking a lot and I remember her sometimes going outside and taking brisk walks around the neighborhood.

Of course those were the days before neighbors moved in with unleashed dogs behind unsecure fences. I could understand why she would choose to workout indoors.

Strong Treadmills

Strong treadmills are good for those of us who love to do distance running. These treadmills can hold an intense workout as well as offer an incline if needed. They usually have a long and wide belt. These treadmills are great for those getting ready to complete marathons or just need the stamina boost for other types of training. Buy one of these treadmills for your home if you literally want to bring the intense gym workout into your residence.

Tracking Options

There are treadmills available that can sync up to your home wifi system. This allows you to customize your workout sessions and make your own fitness goals. These treadmills allow you to track your length on the machine as well as your speed and distance. A special bonus is they can also track your calories burned.

You can control these machines by simply using the handrail buttons. Having a treadmill you can preset to guarantee you burn the right amount of calories makes working out that much easier.

You can stop when you reach your preset goals and not worry about unknown disappointment after 30 minutes of minimal calorie shedding at the gym. Live longer with technology by purchasing a modern treadmill today!

Conclusion

Having a treadmill at home is extremely beneficial. You can get up extra early and not have to be terrified of the dark hours of the morning heading to your car or in and out of the building. Working out should be a safe and fun process. The best way to guarantee safety in your workout is to have your own personal gym in a designated area of your home. You can pick a treadmill that is compact, strong, or that can help track the details of your routine and workout goals. Buy a treadmill for your home and start your workout as early or as late as you want, no membership fees required.

 

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5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A SHED https://smarthomessystem.com/5-things-know-buying-shed/ https://smarthomessystem.com/5-things-know-buying-shed/#respond Sun, 15 Jul 2018 08:43:33 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=711 Buying a shed comes with its benefits as well as rules, which you should know before making your purchase. You should never buy a shed impulsively, just because it looks nice. Therefore, do your research and know what fits your bill as well as local regulations.  This way you get something that fits your needs, …

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Buying a shed comes with its benefits as well as rules, which you should know before making your purchase. You should never buy a shed impulsively, just because it looks nice.

Therefore, do your research and know what fits your bill as well as local regulations.  This way you get something that fits your needs, budget, property, as well as lifestyle and complies with your local area building codes.

In relation, before you make your purchase do some research on different companies that construct and do shed installations. This way you get the best from the best.

You can rely on the internet to help you find some top competitive ones, in whichever continent or location you are, be it the United States of America, South America, Europe, Africa, or Asia. If you happen to be in Australia, you can check out Diamond Tough Barns & Sheds Australia. It is among the best in this industry.

Consequently, you still need to know some few things before you buy a shed anywhere in the world. Here are five things to know before buying a shed for your home or work needs.

 

  • Shed Covenants and Permits

 

Even though it is your property, you cannot just go on building structures without certain kinds of building permits. Therefore, you should check the restrictions your local area has, before choosing to install a new shed on your property.

For instance, the local area codes my stipulate a certain distance from the property or fence line to where the shed is placed. This is important and often restricts the size and type of shed you can have within your property.  Moreover, if you plan to wire your shed, laws may apply for doing it. So check on that.

Consequently, do your research and know what kind of permits you need before opting to buy a shed for your own preferred use.

 

  • The Purpose of the Shed

 

You should always consider the purpose of your shed before opting to buy any type. This way you get what meets your needs in every way. Its purpose will help you choose the right type from size, design to features.

If you plan to spend some time inside it, then consider ventilation, lighting, and roofing in terms of height. However, if you plan to use it as a storage area then consider the type of things you will store there, as you might need to customize it a bit for better storage capabilities.

Besides, its purpose often determines its location, as you would like it to be near where it is in need the most like the garden if it is being used to store garden tools and equipment.

 

  • Material Construction of the Shed

 

The material used to construct the shed always matter, as it determines the durability of the structure. Therefore, do your research with regard to your surroundings from climate to soil or ground type.

This way you choose a shed with the best material for your specific area. Nonetheless, the three most common materials used for building sheds are wood, metal, and resin, with each having its own advantages and disadvantages.

 

  • Where to Purchase

 

Once you have decided on the type, design, and size of your shed with regard to purpose. It is time to choose your manufacturer. As much, as there are available everywhere, you should still do your research as not all dealers offer the same quality and pricing for it.

You should always settle for companies that have years of experience and reputation for building quality sheds with better materials. Also, check the warranty coverage, the longer the better.

 

  • Cost

 

You have envisioned what you want, seen it, and done enough research on it from permits to the level of durability. Now, can you afford it? If not, check if the company you are buying from has any offers, discounts or promotional pricing on the table. You can also check if they have a rent-to-own program, this way you make small deposits for owning it.

Consequently, you can just settle for one that is within your budget. If there is no pocket-friendly discounted paying program, which can help you buy the shed you desire the most. Sheds do not come cheap, so take note of that before even thinking of owning one.

Conclusion

Conclusively, if you do your research right, you will end up with a shed that can meet your needs and at the same time comply with your local area codes.

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Herman Miller Embody versus Steelcase Leap for Best Office Chair https://smarthomessystem.com/herman-miller-embody-versus-steelcase-leap/ https://smarthomessystem.com/herman-miller-embody-versus-steelcase-leap/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 04:55:26 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=704 Office chairs aren’t all the same, and the huge range available to us makes research important. Not all chairs offer adequate support, and if you have a desk-bound job with back ache, you need to make a change to an ergonomic chair. In the world of best ergonomic office chairs, Herman Miller and Steelcase are …

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Office chairs aren’t all the same, and the huge range available to us makes research important. Not all chairs offer adequate support, and if you have a desk-bound job with back ache, you need to make a change to an ergonomic chair.

In the world of best ergonomic office chairs, Herman Miller and Steelcase are the two undisputed leaders. The question is, which of the two office chairs is the best? What makes one office chair more beneficial than the other?

Here’s a look at these top ranked office chairs and what they offer.

Both Steelcase and Herman Miller make Exceptional Office Chairs

What one person finds comfortable may be quite different to someone else. Nonetheless the best American furniture chair companies – Herman Miller and Steelcase – are known for making exceptionally comfortable, quality products which have been designed and built to stringent requirements.

Herman Miller – Embody Chair

Body shape and body size come into play, and both companies have chairs which cater for male and female, tall and short, small and large. Herman Miller and Steelcase are both high-end brands known for producing the best ergonomic office chairs.

Herman Miller has worked with extraordinary designers. Their Embody Chair calms you down when you sit in it, and the chair completely shapes to your body. When you move, you actually feel the seat adjust to every move you make.

Then again the Steelcase Leap is a very popular chair too. With in-depth research on how your back is seriously and negatively impacted from hours of sitting, the Leap chair was designed in 1999. A significant feature of the Leap, after this research, was their ‘LiveBack’ system. This is where the seat and back of the chair each adjust on their own, providing total support.

Comfort

The high-tech Herman Miller Embody Chair is known for its amazing comfort, being highly adjustable to suit different body shapes and weight. It caters for weights up to 300 pounds and was designed with the input of 20 physicians and PhDs specializing in ergonomics.

The Embody’s backrest is made with dynamic matrix of pixels to automatically adjust to the user’s movements. The Leap chair however, is not to be outdone, and its adjustable upper back force for instance allows you to go from an upright position to a reclined position with ease. You can also lock the Leap’s back into different positions. With the chair’s natural glide system, the seat’s depth also adjusts as you recline, so you feel utterly comfy and supported.

Adjustability

The Herman Miller Embody Chair is fully adjustable. In fact it is described as a one-size-fits-all chair because it suits petite to large people. It can be adjusted according to your comfort levels and allow you to maintain good posture when sitting long hours at the computer.

You can raise the chair or lower it, alter the seat depth and sit upright or in a reclining position. In fact the tilt limiter lever allows you to determine the maximum angle of recline, meaning you can lean back as far as you want or sit completely upright. Changing positions makes the backrest ‘notice’ your moves and it supports you, whether you’re leaning forward or reclining. The Herman Miller Embody doesn’t have a headrest.

The Steelcase Leap chair also has ergonomic features to ensure the back is fully supported. It has upper and lower back controls, and the ergonomically-shaped armrests adjust up and down and also back and forth, making it ideal for anyone with different tasks to contend with throughout the day. Unlike the Herman Miller Embody, the chair has an adjustable headrest that moves up and down for your comfort.

 

Steelcase Leap

 

Aesthetics

It goes without saying that a good-looking chair isn’t going to cut it when you’re looking for a chair to ease your discomfort and back-pain. Herman Miller knows however, that for many, an attractive chairs goes a long way to make you feel optimistic and good in your workspace. Their Embody chair epitomizes luxury and comfort and in trendy blues, greens or black, it is guaranteed to bring some stylish color into any workplace.

The Leap chair is attractively simple and is described as less showy and more functional. One brilliant idea of theirs is to label all their levers and buttons. No rocket science with this chair, as users know precisely where to look to control the chair for their comfort.

Leap too is careful to select materials that are carefully assessed and deemed safe for human- and environmental health. Their fabrics are available in many trendy colors too to suit all décor styles. Both Herman Miller and Steelcase are doing their part for saving the planet and striving for sustainability goals by making use of recycled materials for their chairs.

Conclusion

Herman Miller and Steelcase are huge, leading names in the office furniture industry, and because they both have a devoted following in terms of ardent fans, they are forever battling it out to be number one.

They’re both expensive, but when you look at the two, there’s nothing much between them. They’re both great manufacturers who have done an enormous amount of research to ensure ergonomic chairs which are BIFMA certified. This means that consumers get quality furniture because of the standards laid by BIFMA – the products used- and the methods of production conform to standards in terms of health and social responsibility.

Both chairs also have the 5-legged, star-shaped, rolling system to ensure you never have to worry about tipping over while sitting.

Overall I would say the Embody Chair has a slight edge over the Steelcase Leap. Here are some recent accolades:

  • “Most comfortable chair we’ve sat on” – Gizmodo
  • “Best ergonomic office chair of 2018” – Ergonomic Trends

With these popular adjustable, ergonomic chairs from Herman Miller and Steelcase you can change the way you work and make a positive change towards the way you deal with with discomfort and pain.

 

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Pack and play vs. crib, what to look for? https://smarthomessystem.com/pack-play-vs-crib-look-for/ https://smarthomessystem.com/pack-play-vs-crib-look-for/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:27:38 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=702 Babies are always full of surprises and it is a treasure to have a baby and see the baby grow up with time. The giggle of a bay can take away all your stress and tensions and put a smile on your lips as well. A parent starts planning things the moment they get the …

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Babies are always full of surprises and it is a treasure to have a baby and see the baby grow up with time. The giggle of a bay can take away all your stress and tensions and put a smile on your lips as well. A parent starts planning things the moment they get the news of the pregnancy and the planning does not stop for the next few years. There is a need to construct a room for the baby, brings things that the baby would need, decorate the room, buy toys and beds for the baby and many more things.

The list seems to be endless. Doctors recommend that the baby must be kept near to the parents for the starting months of its life as it helps the baby is growing up in the right manner. A mother’s touch, feeling of being safe with parents around is very important. Also, babies tend to dream more often and when they dream something obnoxious they tend to get scared and wake up crying.

A mother is a need in such situations and hence it is preferred to keep the baby nearby allotting it with a sleeping space near the parent’s bed. It is obviously not recommended to make the baby share the same bed as adult’s as there are chances you would end up hurting the baby. It a delicate piece of flesh and bones and hence one must take care of every single thing as responsible and alert parents. Babies grow in their sleep and hence it is important to let them have a sound and peaceful sleep that does not get interrupted in any form.

Some of the decisions are hard to make when buying things for the baby. For example- a crib or a pack n play. Each of these has some pros and cons and hence one need to go for a detailed search for finding out the best. One must know that each and everything has evolved with time and so are the crib and pack n plays and hence one need to make the right choice by exploring all the options available.

A crib is ultimate for a baby till 3 years of age. It provides baby with sound and comfortable sleep, it can restrict the child attend to escape the bed and it can also hold a baby that is capable of standing in the crib itself. Height adjustable cribs are there in the market that helps one in reducing the height as the baby grows in order to make sure that the baby does not escape from the crib at any moment. But then a crib cannot be carried from one place to other. It is good for keeping the crib at home and attaches it to the bedside at night but one cannot feel free after buying a crib if one travels a lot.

Pack n plays, on the other hand, can be a great solution for a person who travels a lot but again is not an ultimate solution if not chosen wisely. As the name suggests pack n play is a portable play yard for the toddler. A baby can play in it and sleep when needed with ease. It can be taken from one place to other and hence is really convenient to use.

Pack n plays have wheels in it that simplifies the movement and the wheels are lockable so as to ensure that the baby does not start moving on its own. Mothers need some alone time when they have to complete the daily coarse or go to the washroom and in such cases pack n plays are the best that would keep the baby safe and entertained while the mother completes her work without having to worry about the baby.

There are some guidelines for the people who are thinking of purchasing pack n play for the first time-

  • No matter if you already have a crib and still want to give your baby a portable play yard, one must always go for a model that is well built in every aspect.
  • Choose the design properly so that it can restrict the baby from escaping.
  • Choosing the right mattress is important.
  • Lightweight designs are easy to carry and hence one must look at the weight of the product before purchasing.
  • Modern day’s products have eco-friendly elements involved in it and hence one must go for the product that looks reliable and vows for the best safety.

In order to provide your baby with the best comfort while sleeping or while playing one must pick, clean and set up for the pack n play. The instruction to pick, clean and set up for the pack n play is all mentioned in the guide book provided along with the product.

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THE DIFFERENCE IN MODERN TV OFFERINGS https://smarthomessystem.com/difference-modern-tv-offerings/ https://smarthomessystem.com/difference-modern-tv-offerings/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:48:23 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=700 The journey in search of crystal clear visual entertainment has produced various television (TV) types as results, but more research is being carried out to improve on these results. The modern TV technology concepts are optimizing space, picture quality, and more content accessibility. This article will discuss the differences in the various modern TV options …

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The journey in search of crystal clear visual entertainment has produced various television (TV) types as results, but more research is being carried out to improve on these results. The modern TV technology concepts are optimizing space, picture quality, and more content accessibility.

This article will discuss the differences in the various modern TV options and the innovations they offer with their features. These TV types include Plasma TV, LCD TV, LED TV, and OLED TV.

Plasma TV:

The technology in the plasma TV has light-producing cells called Pixel; they are individual fluorescent micro-light bulb that receives instruction from the rear silicon circuit board. These pixels are powered by electrodes that allow electric current to flow through the many individual cells and cause them to produce light through rare natural gases like neon or xenon which are the most popularly used ones.

The light produced from plasma cells illuminate the color filter containing red, green and blue schemes available in each pixel to display the color pattern contained in the picture. Taking a closer look at a plasma TV exposes the green, red, and blue color bars with the black separators between each of them.

Picture Quality: Plasma TV provides great picture quality using the high contrast ratio of about 100,000:1, and it uses the least power when displaying dark images; while the most power is consumed when it displays white colors. The color pixels amount to about 16 megapixels, which comes as a combination of red, green and blue color element. The screen viewing angle for the plasma TV covers 180 degrees.

LCD TV:

These TV types have displays of similar technology whether placed in a flat screen; it has a thin-film transistor (TFTs) that are arrayed to supply power to liquid crystal cells, that at are positioned between two glass sheets. The liquid crystal component explains the name Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).

When the LCD receives an electric charge, a white light coming from the back of the display in flat screens gets filtered by the tilt of crystals to certain degrees that generate particular colors.

Picture Quality: The LCD TV struggles to generate good picture quality through brighter displays or contrast degradation. LCD TVs cover a viewing angle of about 45 degrees; it uses more power to display black images unlike the plasma TV, and it uses less power to display bright images.

Projection TVs:

The set-up for these types of TVs is almost the same as the LCD TVs; but the LCD TVs come in two different variants which are the flat screen panel and the projector panel. The projector panel is the component contained in the Projection TVs. The backlight is projected through the panels to provide colour combinations from the crystals.

Picture Quality: These TVs can provide HD picture but the contrast quality of the plasma TV still outshines the contrast ratio on the Projection TV.

LED TV:

LED TVs share similar front panels as the ones on LCD TVs; the major difference here is the kind of backlight technology on it. The pixel cells of the previous technology was replaced with a light emitting diode (LED) innovation which provides more performance capabilities.

More improvements on this technology provides a variant of LED TVs that has light panels at the edge of the screen, they come with thinner designs than the ones with backlight; but the back-lit LED TVs provide more light all around the screen and gives better pictures than the other variant.

Picture Quality: LED TVs come with improved technology than the LCD TVs that try to match the plasma TV contrast strength, it allows for more grayscale while producing brighter picture.

OLED:

Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) TVs are a product of improvements from the LED TVs; they do not have backlights unlike the former. The technology here permits each pixel to be controlled individually, lighting up and switching off to produce extreme black colors. The image and motion responses on the OLED TVs are faster 1000 times than the LED TVs.

Picture Quality: The design of these innovative TVs are currently receiving improvements but engineers have achieved completely flexible screens that display the best picture quality. They are providing 4K quality video display for very fast visuals.

These television sets hold the evolution story of visual entertainment, and the most improvements are yet to be discovered. At the moment, you should get the best TV with all the recently announced features including 4K picture quality, internet connectivity, HDMI and Ultra HD qualities.

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Why You Need To Invest In An Electric Wall Mounted Fireplace https://smarthomessystem.com/electric-wall-fireplace/ https://smarthomessystem.com/electric-wall-fireplace/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 07:15:31 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=696 Bringing an electric fireplace into your home is going to bring a good deal of benefits that  wood, traditional, and gas fireplaces cannot compete with. It will be easy to see why wall mounted electric fireplaces have become so popular in the last few years.   Some Benefits Of Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplaces   A wall-mounted …

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Bringing an electric fireplace into your home is going to bring a good deal of benefits that  wood, traditional, and gas fireplaces cannot compete with. It will be easy to see why wall mounted electric fireplaces have become so popular in the last few years.

 

Some Benefits Of Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplaces

 

A wall-mounted electric fireplace can be easily hung anywhere in the house, as long as an electrical socket is nearby. There is no need for a flue or chimney to bring heat to your home.

One of the main benefits of an electrical wall-mounted fireplace is the ability to have instant heat in any room you desire. Unlike traditional fireplaces that require a good deal of time to produce heat, an electrical fireplace will warm your room at the touch of a button.

There is never the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning as electrical fires are 100% clean and efficient.

Considering that electrical fireplaces do not have to be connected to an outside chimney, they have the ability to be placed anywhere in the house according to Wall Fireplace Pros. This allows you to easily target the areas of your home that need extra heat without the need to place in various venting and pipework. All that is typically needed for one of these fireplaces is an electrical socket.

For a wide variety of electrical wall mounted fireplaces, take a look at Wall Fireplace Pros to see what is going to suit your needs the best.

If you have any questions about wall mounted fireplaces or would simply like to learn what would be best for your home, give us a call to discuss all of your options.

 

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7 Items You Need for A Smart Bathroom https://smarthomessystem.com/7-items-need-smart-bathroom/ https://smarthomessystem.com/7-items-need-smart-bathroom/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 07:17:47 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=694 The smart home revolution isn’t just at home in the kitchen or the living room, it’s also coming to a bathroom near you. There are numerous smart items now available in the bathroom and they can change the feel of the space as well as be remarkably convenient. Here are some of the ways these …

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The smart home revolution isn’t just at home in the kitchen or the living room, it’s also coming to a bathroom near you. There are numerous smart items now available in the bathroom and they can change the feel of the space as well as be remarkably convenient. Here are some of the ways these items are changing the bathroom.

 

Smart Toilets

 

Dubbed the throne room, it seems appropriate that the bathroom is fitted with a state-of-the-art toilet. As impressive as they are, smart toilets have certainly evolved from the days when sensor flush and automatic lid applications were the “thing” –  it is funny how these outdated applications seemed like the most futuristic things just a decade ago.

 

Bluetooth compatibility, built-in bidets, and heated seats are just the tip of the iceberg. Some toilets even have built-in air dryers, which we think is totally invigorating in the morning as it makes the entire process practically hands free. The sky’s the limit when it comes to smart toilets, with some even featuring LED lighting, self-cleaning mechanisms, and self-deodorizing systems.

 

Faucets

 

Faucets which use motion detection are not just for public restrooms – you can have one installed at home too! Better yet, there are faucet products available on the market today that come with built-in dryers. What does that mean? Well, it means that there are now no water drips on the floor when your hands go for the towel. With this option, who’ll even need towels in their bathroom anymore?

 

Digital Taps

 

Ordinary knob and taps are so last year! Today, it is all about digital controls that feature LCD shower panels which allow you to control your showering experience better. With these panels, you can dim the lights, adjust steam and water flow, change music or even dim the lights.

 

Smart Mirrors

 

Smart mirrors have become increasingly mainstream and we’re seeing them emerge as a popular trend for 2018. These mirrors can do anything from showcase the latest news and weather to play music.

 

Music and audio playing mirrors are also common. Bluetooth equipped mirrors can play music from your phone or tablet, can be used to control what you’re listening to and even skip between tracks on your Spotify playlists.

 

Showerhead – Wireless Speaker

 

If you are a music junky and like listening to music as you shower, then the $103 (Amazon price) Kohler Moxie Showerhead/Wireless Speaker might just be what you need. While its bass can sometimes be a bit shaky, the detachable wireless speaker still produces quality sound – simply connect via Bluetooth and stream your music as you take a shower. The showerhead’s design is quite impressive too – measuring just 4.18in x 5in, the showerhead is available in either polished chrome or white finishes.

 

Connected Toothbrush

 

If self-cleaning toothbrushes do not impress you, then you need to see connected toothbrushes. Yep, you heard right! These toothbrushes are connected just like all your smart devices in your home. These handy little tools track your brushing techniques and habits, then send you a report, and, if need be, tips on how to improve your brushing patterns and practices.

 

App-Controlled Bathroom

 

Our lives today are ruled by smartphone, and they can now rule the bathroom too. There are several systems on the market that can be controlled via an application on your iPad, tablet or phone. That means that you can now turn on your shower while still in bed to ensure that the temperatures are perfect by the time you step into the shower. With app-controlled bathrooms you can adjust heating, music being streamed through your bathroom and lighting from anywhere you are in the house. The only thing that these applications cannot do is go to the loo for you.

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What You Need To Know About Smart Homes https://smarthomessystem.com/need-know-smart-homes/ https://smarthomessystem.com/need-know-smart-homes/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 12:26:45 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=689 The act of saving energy has become increasingly important. While it may seem obvious that the easiest way for you to save on energy involves just using less, when it comes to putting this into practice, it is far more difficult. The smart home devices and systems assist in saving energy in the way of …

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The act of saving energy has become increasingly important. While it may seem obvious that the easiest way for you to save on energy involves just using less, when it comes to putting this into practice, it is far more difficult. The smart home devices and systems assist in saving energy in the way of providing a way to control and monitor your energy use in innovative ways.

 

The Fraunhofer Institute has calculated that intelligent-based house control could save as much as 40% of costs involved for heating. This is definitely an attractive scenario as heating costs are dependent on various factors, and for this reason many of the manufacturers have reported on saving as much as 30% every year, that seems to be an achievable as well as realistic value.

 

However, the initial step towards a smart home that is more energy-efficient would still be the bricks and the mortar. If you start out with a home that was built 40 to 50 years ago, improved efficiency when it comes to better windows and better insulation is the first step to tackle. When all the cracks have been sealed this is when the optimization is really able make a real impact on your energy expenses, while using a smart-home system can really make all the difference.

 

How Do Smart Home Systems Assist With Controlling Power Consumption?

 

One of the biggest trends involved in smart-home sectors is already apparent today. This comes in the form of homeowners that use an alternative form of electricity using photovoltaic systems on their roofs. To make sure that it will not be dependent on the weather if there will be available power or not, the smart-home technologies step in. In future years, intelligent controls over services in a building will make sure that any unused electricity will be stored and then used when needed or used on devices that have a power supply which can be shifted on time.

 

Possible Uses Of Smart Homes For Power Consumption

 

According to Josco Power, when it comes to saving power, the general rule was to completely turn off devices opposed to allowing them to run in a stand-by-mode. Most homeowners are not aware about which of the electronic devices in their homes are using the most power. For any homeowner interested in getting details about their consumption, they will need smart wall buttons or adapter plugs. With the adapter plug, the user is able to turn electrical appliances either off or on or measure consumption in order to find the power guzzlers which were once unknown. With the smart-home apps, the user can even switch off any devices remotely when they are away from home. These apps also offer the opportunity to deactivate all the electrical appliances regarded as unnecessary with one push of a button as they leave home for the day.

 

How Do The Smart Home Systems Control Heating?

 

The smart-thermostat is an essential part for all types of energy-management system as the cooling and heating system in any home is usually one of or the biggest consumers of energy. The smart-home system makes most heaters programmable. When the home-owners are out for a set time during a working day, the radiator in the home will shut down automatically. If they plan to arrive home sooner, they are able to access the system through an app.

 

For example, it is usually not a necessity to run heating if there is no-one in the home at certain times every day. In fact, even when airing the home, the heater should be off. When windows are open, heating in the networked-home with settle down automatically. Of course, there is always the ability to control the heating manually when necessary.

 

Smart Home Devices Achieve More Energy Responsibility

 

The apps for smart homes provide a way for the user to track their usage of energy over time. These apps can also provide an estimate on the amount they will pay for on a device they have just plugged in. This will translate into a significant impact on the behavior of consumers, while helping homeowners to become a lot more conscious about energy usage and over the long run more responsible.

 

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