Smart Homes https://smarthomessystem.com Latest in Smart Homes Technologies Fri, 08 Jun 2018 07:15:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 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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How To Choose The Best Steam Cleaner https://smarthomessystem.com/choose-best-steam-cleaner/ https://smarthomessystem.com/choose-best-steam-cleaner/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 06:49:38 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=687 Choosing a good steam cleaner can be a great investment. Using it to clean your upholstery, carpets and kitchen floors help keep them looking their best and this type of equipment can even be used to clean windows. Here we’ll take a look at how to choose the best steam cleaner.   There are three …

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Choosing a good steam cleaner can be a great investment. Using it to clean your upholstery, carpets and kitchen floors help keep them looking their best and this type of equipment can even be used to clean windows. Here we’ll take a look at how to choose the best steam cleaner.

 

There are three main types of steam cleaners and to determine which one is best for you, you need to know exactly what it is you want from the equipment. If you need something only for cleaning hardwood floors then a steam mop might be a perfect choice. But if you want something that is able to clean several different types of surfaces then it might be a cylinder steam cleaner that has many attachments and is capable of cleaning everything from mattresses to upholstery. It’s important to understand that while the cylinder model is considered an all-purpose system it doesn’t necessarily clean everything as some can be used for upholstery while others can’t.

 

Multi-Purpose

 

Steam cleaners will usually not require any detergent and many who use this type feel it is the best by far. It will apply steam to the surface of the item being cleaned using high pressure and it uses a process of dry steam to remove grease and dirt. Someone who knows how to use this correctly will not get carpets overly wet but it can be an issue when used by someone less knowledgeable and this is something to consider if that’s a problem.

If you want to know more about the different styles of cleaner you can check it out here on this dedicated blog to the subject.

 

Types Of Steam Cleaners

 

  1. Steam Mop

 

This type of steam cleaner is very similar to a typical mop but the steam gives it additional oomph. You can get them with a double-hinged head or swivel which makes it very easy for this cleaner to maneuver around furniture and other obstacles. They can be used on laminate as well as wood floors and of course tile. This type of steam cleaner is not especially suitable for thick carpet but some come with an attachment that makes them capable of cleaning rugs and carpet with low pile. Check out this https://steamclean.reviews/best-carpet-steamers-cleaners/

 

These mops will have a tank that contains the water on the handle. If you get a good quality steam mop it will heat up quickly and the best will do so in under 20 seconds but will require refilling more often than other types.

 

  1. Cylinder Type Steam Cleaners

 

This Style is very good for sanitizing, cleaning, and removing grease, as well as doing a great job in removing allergens and dust mites. They look a lot like I vacuum cleaner but they have a tank for holding the water and a hose that bends as well as many useful attachments. Obviously, there are some models that will have more attachments than others do and you should consider that when buying to determine what your needs are. Some use these for spring cleaning which includes cleaning their ovens and bathroom as well as other areas.

 

This type of steam cleaner holds a larger amount of water and this means it will take 5 to 10 minutes to heat up but once it’s heated you can use it for a longer period of time without refilling the water.  It is basically assumed that the more steam a cleaner puts out the more efficient it is at cleaning. The usual recommendation is that a machine is capable of putting out 100g per minute. To make it capable of being used in different situations, you want it to have more than one setting so that you can choose the right one for the job.

 

  1. Handheld Steam Cleaners

 

If you’re needing to do a lot of small jobs or you wanting something you can use for a quick clean, then this might be the right type. They’re very handy when cleaning curtains or doing other spot cleaning or small jobs but they do have their limitations and they will require that the water tank is refilled more often.

 

Additional Things To Consider

 

Cleaning pads are used to help freshen floors and are made of microfiber. If you live in an area that has hard water you may need anti-calc filters which allow you to use that water in your tank. If you have a system that has a twin tank you can continue steam cleaning while also refilling the other emptied tank. If you’re using it to clean windows you will need a squeegee attachment.

 

Special attachments will be needed to clean some items like chairs and sofas and for keeping them looking their best. There are many places in the home with unusual corners and having an angled jet nozzle is an attachment that will be helpful for these situations. If you have really stubborn stains then you may need a scrub brush.

 

A scrubbing pad is needed when working with ovens and removing grease from that appliance. The water tank should be detachable because if it isn’t, it’s difficult to empty. You should have an indicator light on your unit that lets you know when the steam is ready.

 

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4 Ways to Get The Most From Your Recliner https://smarthomessystem.com/4-ways-get-recliner/ https://smarthomessystem.com/4-ways-get-recliner/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 06:48:34 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=685 Done right, it’s the most comfortable place in your living room. A good recliner can make or break your living room, giving you the ultimate in comfort for watching movies, enjoying sports, or staying up to date with the latest news. Just like sofas, ottomans, and other living room furniture, there’s more to picking a …

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Done right, it’s the most comfortable place in your living room. A good recliner can make or break your living room, giving you the ultimate in comfort for watching movies, enjoying sports, or staying up to date with the latest news.

Just like sofas, ottomans, and other living room furniture, there’s more to picking a recliner than just choosing the right color and material. From design and features to its location within your living room, a variety of factors go into making a recliner a nice place to spend your time.

Interested in getting the most from your recliner? Whether you’re shopping for a new recliner and want to get the most for your money, or you need a way to freshen up your existing chair, apply these four tactics to get more from your favorite place to recline.

Small Room? Choose a Wall-Saver Recliner

Furnishing a small living room? For small homes and apartments, it’s often better to choose a wall-saver recliner over a conventional rocker recliner to save space.

Wall-saver recliners slide out as you recline, letting you sit back without needing to keep your recliner far from the rear wall. This lets you keep your recliner closer to the wall of your living room than with a traditional rocker recliner, helping you maximize living room space.

As their name suggests, wall-saver recliners also “save” your walls by making it impossible for the back of the chair to slam into walls accidentally, limiting scuffs and damage to your home.

Keep Your Recliner In The Right Location

When it comes to getting the most from your recliner, location matters. Place your recliner too close to the TV and you’ll constantly have to lean back for a comfortable viewing angle; keep it too far away and you’ll get a less pleasurable viewing experience.

The best place to recline in your living room is generally three to seven feet away from your TV, depending on the size of the TV screen. Work yours out by using the first digit of your TV’s size — for a 32” television, three feet away; for a 70” television, approximately seven feet away.

This rule (one foot of distance per 10 inches of screen size) should give you a comfortable angle for viewing TV from your recliner, all while maximizing your TV’s presence.

Focus on High Quality, Durable Materials

One key to getting a long lifespan from your recliner is to invest in a chair made using reliable, high quality materials.

If you’re shopping for a new recliner, it’s best to prioritize models made using top-grain leather, which offers the best combination of aesthetics and durability. To save money, you can also opt for a synthetic microfiber recliner, which is less expensive and offers better moisture resistance.

In general, it’s best to avoid vinyl recliners, as vinyl can easily crack and peel over time, giving you a recliner that looks worn, aged and out of place in your living room.

Always Try It Before You Buy It

A good recliner should fit like a pair of shoes — snugly and comfortably, with just the right amount of extra space for optimal relaxation. Despite this, many people buy recliners without ever “trying them on” first to check the fit.

Before you buy a recliner, check that it’s designed for your build. If you’re big and tall, pick a recliner with enough space to let you sit back comfortably. If you’re on the shorter side, make sure the recliner you’re considering isn’t too high for a comfortable seating position.

You’re going to spend a lot of time in your recliner, so take fit seriously. A recliner that fits your body will make sitting back in front of the TV a much more comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable experience.

 

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Smart Tech Bedroom You Need to Have https://smarthomessystem.com/smart-tech-bedroom/ https://smarthomessystem.com/smart-tech-bedroom/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 10:52:50 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=682 Want to sleep better? Well go against the grain and get some better tech in your bedroom – it will make the difference.   Smart technology can make your room more comfortable, safer and cleaner and these are the gadgets that will help.   Alexa   Similar in size and shape to a Pringles can, …

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Want to sleep better? Well go against the grain and get some better tech in your bedroom – it will make the difference.

 

Smart technology can make your room more comfortable, safer and cleaner and these are the gadgets that will help.

 

Alexa

 

Similar in size and shape to a Pringles can, Alexa is a voice-controlled speaker that is, in and of itself, a virtual assistant. All you have to do is give it the voice command for the task you wish it to accomplish and it will do so. It’s as simple as “Alexa, turn up the heat” and you’ll be able to turn up the heat without having to get out of bed. It couldn’t be simpler. Of course, you do have to have the right type of thermostat and have it all set up to work together. Alexa will also tell you a joke if you ask it to or give you the latest in the sports scores. Need to convert pounds to kilograms or Celsius to Fahrenheit? Alexa is able to do all of this for you. Need some music on in the background? Just let Alexa know what you need and you’ll have it. You can also change the “word” so that you don’t have to say “Alexa” if you wish. Readily available in white or black you can find the ideal way to order your Uber, find out what your Fitbit weight is and more. There are a few minor issues, however, you’ll have to set everything up to work together or you’re going to have some hiccups in the system.

 

Nest

 

The nest is available in a variety of anodized aluminum finishes. It can be mounted on a wall or set on a stand. It will work together with your boiler to control your water heating, radiator and more. All of this is done wirelessly and you can set it to turn things up or down whether you’re at home or not. This can save you a lot of energy and you can use your smartphone to change things if you are going to be later or earlier. It gently encourages you via a reminder to turn your heating up or down. You’ll get an energy summary monthly in your email. It will note, during the first week, the times that you turn the heat up or down. It will design and create a timetable that will work automatically. It works well with Google, and installation by a Nest approved agent will go quickly if you prefer a professional installation. You can also install and set it up yourself. While it won’t work with all heating systems, their website will guide you through the process and help you to determine if it will work for yours.

 

Nest IQ

 

This smart advanced camera is Nests latest security measure. It also looks great. With a high-quality lens and a great digital sensor, if it sees an intruder, it will alert you and stream the footage so that if you need to use it as evidence, it will be available and useful. The clever software helps you to zoom in on a person and follow them around as they intrude upon your home. With facial recognition software, you can use it with Nest Aware that has an annual subscription fee. It even sees well in the dark and has a speaker and microphone so you can communicate with the system regardless of where you are. You can pre-order this now and delivery will be within just a few short weeks.

 

Amerisleep Mattress

 

An Amerisleep mattress can be a great addition to your bedroom space and this high tech form of mattress is a lovely addition to the bedroom. It’s been created from a number of different quality materials to ensure the best sleep possible.

 

Eve Power Switch

 

This smart power switch is an easy way to break into automating your own home. The HomeKit device plugs into a wall socket and then all you have to do is plug in your fan, light, kettle or any other item and set it up. You can work it remotely and monitor your electrical consumption. It can also calculate the price of the usage.

 

Dyson Eye

 

This robot Vac hasn’t disappointed yet! While this one does have a high price tag, it’s small and compact and requires minimal storage space. Easy to use, just leave it on the charger and press the button to get it started. It will work its way methodically in and around your home. If it gets stuck, it will shut itself off. It also navigates its way right back to safety and will restart. Easy to program, you’ll love it.

 

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How To Bring Smart Technology Into Your Garden And Outdoor Space https://smarthomessystem.com/technology-garden-outdoor-space/ https://smarthomessystem.com/technology-garden-outdoor-space/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 05:51:40 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=680 Now that summer has arrived, it is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can upgrade your outdoor space. One option is to introduce smart technology. This technology isn’t just limited to use indoors. Instead, you can also use it in your garden to create the perfect area for entertaining, relaxing, or having …

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Now that summer has arrived, it is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can upgrade your outdoor space. One option is to introduce smart technology. This technology isn’t just limited to use indoors. Instead, you can also use it in your garden to create the perfect area for entertaining, relaxing, or having fun.

 

Below are some of the ways that this technology can revolutionize your yard, patio, or garden, bringing your outdoor living area into the modern age.

 

Make It Easy To Connect

 

The vast majority of today’s devices use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. In order to be able to use your devices outdoors, you need to make sure that you have a strong enough Wi-Fi signal available. The best way to accomplish that is through the use of Wi-Fi boosters. Look for boosters that are specifically designed for use outdoors. Try to find ways to integrate them into your outdoor decor so that you can enjoy the increased speed without leaving your yard, deck, or patio looking cluttered.

 

Thanks to advancements in technology, you should be able to get by with a single control interface for your outdoor space. This is a big improvement over the past where each system that you used required its own interface. It has never been easier to take control of the smart technology that you use outdoors.

 

Shed Some Light On Things

 

Outdoor lighting can dramatically enhance your yard or garden. This type of lighting is especially important if you entertain outdoors after the sun has gone down. Choose soft lighting that isn’t too bright or harsh. This will help create a more relaxing setting in your outdoor space.

 

Thanks to smart technology, you should be able to control the lighting from the control interface. In some cases, you can even link it to your home’s alarm system, helping to provide an extra deterrent against thieves.

 

By playing around with different lighting settings, you should be able to come up with a variety of configurations that you can use for different situations. For instance, you could have one setting for entertaining guests on your patio and another setting for evenings when you just want to relax under the stars. You may even want to add one to a fountain or similar space like these from Outdoor Fountain Pros.

 

Take Your Outdoor Entertaining To A Whole New Level

 

 

As soon as you have a strong Wi-Fi signal outdoors, you can introduce a variety of different entertainment-based technology. Whether you want to bring music into your outdoor space or you want to be able to watch movies on a big screen in your backyard, the options are practically unlimited.

 

You can even use smart technology to control items like your swimming pool or hot tub. Few things are quite as much fun as spending time soaking in warm water under the stars or watching an excellent movie in your own backyard.

 

Use Technology To Give Your Green Thumb A Boost

 

As strange as it may sound, technology can be used to help you create a beautiful yard and garden. For instance, you can link your smart home system to your sprinklers to ensure that your lawn is always properly watered. If you have a robotic lawnmower, you can also connect it to the system to keep your grass neatly trimmed.

 

You may want to consider looking closer at the Edyn Garden Sensor. This unique sensor uses solar power to provide you with real-time updates about the condition of your yard or garden. These updates include detailed information such as the current condition of the soil, the amount of light that your garden is receiving, the amount of moisture in the soil, and any upcoming weather changes that you need to be aware of.

 

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Selecting The Right Smart Thermostat For Your Home https://smarthomessystem.com/right-smart-thermostat-home/ https://smarthomessystem.com/right-smart-thermostat-home/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 05:46:58 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=678 Thermostats are now smart – but which one to choose? Hard to know. So, we’ve created this guide to give you some insight into what to look for.   Consider The Level Of Control That You Require   One of the first things that you need to decide when you begin shopping for a smart …

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Thermostats are now smart – but which one to choose? Hard to know. So, we’ve created this guide to give you some insight into what to look for.

 

Consider The Level Of Control That You Require

 

One of the first things that you need to decide when you begin shopping for a smart thermostat is the level of control that you need. Whole-house thermostats are the most basic option. These thermostats allow you to control all of the radiators in your home with a single setting. As a result, they are easy to program and operate.

 

Multi-room thermostats, on the other hand, provide you with more control by allowing you to set different temperatures for different parts of your home. This can be a good option if some areas of your house are typically a lot hotter or colder than others.

 

If you like the idea of having more control, a multi-room system is the logical choice. Keep in mind, however, that these thermostats are more complicated to operate than whole-house thermostats. Additionally, they are usually quite a bit more expensive.

 

Consider How Difficult the Thermostat Is To Install

 

If you are installing a brand-new thermostat from scratch, you most likely will need professional help. If you already have a thermostat in place, however, you may be able to upgrade to a new model on your own without needing outside assistance.

 

Some thermostats are specifically designed to be easy to install. Going with one of these models is a great way to cut down on the overall expense. Being able to install the thermostat yourself can save you a significant amount of money on labor. Be aware, however, that working with wiring can be dangerous. If you have any doubts about your ability to do the job safely, you should hire a contractor instead.

 

Think About Connectivity

 

Many of today’s smart thermostats use Wi-Fi to connect to your network. Others have a special attachment that is connected directly to your router through a standard ethernet cable. Depending on your setup, this may or may not work. Before you purchase a thermostat the relies on an ethernet connection, check your router to make sure that you have an open socket. Otherwise, the installation process may be too expensive or difficult to justify the purchase.

Consider Whether The Thermostat Has Energy-Saving Features

 

There is no point in paying to heat your home when you are not there. Many smart thermostats are capable of detecting when there is no one home. In some cases, they accomplish this by linking with your smartphone to detect its location. Although this works well if you live alone, if you live with other people, you may need to add them to the system, as well. Otherwise, they may find themselves freezing if the thermostat automatically turns down the temperature just because you are away. In some cases, thermostats come with a motion detector that allows them to keep the home heated even if the main user doesn’t happen to be home at the time. Some of these thermostats even work with these fireplaces from Ethanol Fireplace Pros.

Look For A Thermostat With Voice Controls

 

Today’s smart thermostats typically offer some kind of voice control feature. This is an extremely convenient option since it allows you to adjust the temperature in the room even if you don’t have access to your smartphone or if you don’t feel like getting up and walking over to the thermostat. Just make sure that the thermostat is compatible with whichever voice system you choose. Amazon Alexa is the most commonly supported option. Finding a thermostat that will work with Siri and Google Home may be a little bit more difficult.

 

If you use an IFTTT service, make sure that the thermostat will connect to it. Even though this may not be the most important feature, it is a convenient way to control your thermostat. It can also be used to change heating schedules or to program changes for upcoming events.

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5 Design Tips To Make A Small Bathroom Better https://smarthomessystem.com/5-design-tips-make-small-bathroom-better/ https://smarthomessystem.com/5-design-tips-make-small-bathroom-better/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 17:42:14 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=676 Small bathrooms are challenging, especially for those with big families. They usually make you feel big and weighty, even though you are not. Besides, finding the right amount of clearance for a proper shower may be hard, so is finding the best place to put a towel, and beauty products as well as other toiletries. …

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Small bathrooms are challenging, especially for those with big families. They usually make you feel big and weighty, even though you are not. Besides, finding the right amount of clearance for a proper shower may be hard, so is finding the best place to put a towel, and beauty products as well as other toiletries.

Moreover, configuring the sink and toilet code is also hard and can be frustrating. However, you can always move some things here and there, in order to make use of your small bathroom.

Therefore, depending on your small bathroom design, you can do some research to see the best design tips that can work for it, for better results.

Likewise, you can familiarize yourself with some basic bathroom features, words, and abbreviations. This way you get to understand every Bathroom Acronyms Explained, by the builder without any problem for better progress and end results.

So depending on your family size as well as taste and preference when it comes to bathrooms, you can always opt for any of the design tips listed here. They can work for almost any small bathroom design. You just have to be motivated and open-minded about the new outlook.

1.     Install a Corner Sink

Anything placed in a corner saves on space and prevents constant bumps and hits. Therefore, it is only wise that you install a corner sink in your small bathroom to create more space and make the bathroom better, in terms of outlook and access.

Moreover, the size of the corner sink also matters, but the smaller the better. However, it has to be functional and convenient for numerous uses, probably with a bottom drawer or compartment for storing toiletries.

Consequently, this corner sink usually works best if it is across the toilet and not the shower. This is because it can create an awkward walk-around condition, especially when you are opening and closing the shower door or curtain.

2.     Skip Installing the Shower Door

Depending on your bathroom size, it is always better that smaller bathrooms skip the shower glass door and opt for a shower glass panel.

A shower glass door will take up much space, especially if the bathroom conditions are tight, but a glass panel will not. A glass panel will keep most of the shower water inside the shower, and still manage to free up the needed elbow-room.

In relation, you can opt for a bathroom shower curtain that moves back and forth with ease. It will save the space taken by a glass door that moves in and out.

3.     Float or Round the Vanity

This usually depends on the design of your small bathroom. If you want your bathroom to have a better and bigger appearance, then you can mount the vanity above the floor. This way you get some bottom space for storing toiletries and other small stuff.

You can also round the vanity if you are dealing with a small tight bathroom with sharp corners, as they are hip hazards. Therefore, if the vanity corner is too much, you can opt for a rounded one that will not get in your way. Rounded vanity usually works best in squared small bathrooms.

4.     Expand the Mirror

In tight small bathrooms, mirrors can be hard to place and even share. However, the only way to make it better for two people is to expand it all over the wall, probably above the sink and the toilet. This way it accommodates at least two people. Remember every inch counts, so make the best of it.

5.     Extend Counter over the Toilet

This banjo-style arrangement can be done using stone or wood slab, the choice lies in your taste and preference as well as bathroom design and décor.

This extended counter can create the needed space for toiletries. If you are worried about toilet placement, the design will not affect it at all. As it is a clean minimal look that will accentuate the appearance of your small bathroom for the better.

Conclusion

Therefore, before you opt for any bathroom design tip to make your small bathroom look better. Do some research, the more you know the better for everyone involved in the design process. This way you are also confident with your choice.

You can always browse other design tips to make a small bathroom better, depending on your bathroom design and size. Nonetheless, our tips above are ideal for different kinds of small bathrooms. Feel free to use any of them.

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All You Need to Know about Roofing https://smarthomessystem.com/need-know-roofing/ https://smarthomessystem.com/need-know-roofing/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:27:33 +0000 https://smarthomessystem.com/?p=673 As a homeowner, you will find it hard to keep up with the constant maintenance of different parts of your home. This is because there are many things to care for, that without a proper itinerary you can lose track of what is important like roof maintenance. Your home roof is one of the essential …

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As a homeowner, you will find it hard to keep up with the constant maintenance of different parts of your home. This is because there are many things to care for, that without a proper itinerary you can lose track of what is important like roof maintenance.

Your home roof is one of the essential parts of your home, but some of you only remember it exists when it starts to leak. However, you can avoid any type of roof damage by simply taking care of it, as the build-up of rotten leaves, algae, and moss will retain water and spoil the shingles, leading to ceiling leaks.

Apart from the wear and tear caused by wet heavy leaves in the gutter of your rooftop, mold can also be a big concern causing unimaginable proportion of roof damages.

So many issues can affect your roof if you leave it uncared for since installation. Nonetheless, you still have to be well acquainted with the basics to roofing, in order to be in a position to care for it without calling the experts every now and then.

In relation, before you hire any roof expert. Do some research, as the market is full of posers with decorated fancy resumes and names but zero experience. However, if you are stuck and spoilt for choice, start by checking out reputable experienced commercial contractors like Roof Solutions Pittsburgh.

You can never go wrong with any roof expert company that has experience in the field as well as dedicated workforce willing to deliver quality services as promised. Consequently, here is all you need to know about roofing before you hire a roof expert for it.

1.     Browse Roofing Material before Hiring a Roof Contractor

As much as you can rely on a roofing contractor to help you choose a roofing material, it can cost you. Therefore, do your own research on the different types of roofing material, to see which one will make a perfect fit for your home and surroundings.

Note that some roofs are not great with certain climatic conditions, as others are designed to reflect heat in tropical environs while others can withstand heavy snow. So make you pick accordingly, keeping the budget and rate of maintenance in mind.

Do not forget about colors, just pick some colors and run it by the roofing contractor to determine which is ideal for your home aesthetics.

2.     Work within Your Budget

Any roof project is likely to break the bank, be it installations or repair. Therefore, have a specific budget in mind and stick to it. However, you can avoid certain repairs by constantly maintaining your roof. Try to fix some roof issues before it gets out of hand.

Proper roof care will definitely enhance its lifespan and save you loads of cost of repair. Nonetheless, knowing the issue at hand before calling the contractor can also help you estimate a budget for it.

Moreover, you should note that roofing repair costs usually go hand in hand with the size of your house as well as current roof type.

3.     Know That Roof Inspection Is Necessary

As much as you can inspect your roof, roof experts know better due to their experience of handling many roofs. Therefore, they will be in a position to tell if your shingles will overturn or not, as well as identify other underlying issues that might be affecting your roof.

4.     Shingles Roofing Materials Are Affordable

Shingles are the most dependable and affordable roofing materials that can safely shield your home from severe weather conditions, no matter where you live.

Due to their low cost, they are also easier to replace when it comes to roof repairs or replacements, making them highly popular among roof contractors and homeowners.

5.     Roofing Is Always Loud

Its either you wear earplugs or headphones or stay ways from home during roofing, repair or replacement. If you happen to work at home, find an alternative office or a way to drown all the noise level. It can be loud and unbearable for anyone.

6.     Choose Roofing Season Wisely

Even though roofers are available all year round, you still have to choose the best season for it. The nicer the weather, the quicker your roof contractor will cover the work and be done with it. Most places usually start roofing in late Spring throughout the Fall Season.

Conclusion

Conclusively, roofing is for the experts but as a homeowner, you should know much about it, so no one cons you easily.

It does not matter if the roofing contractor is legit and reputable. Always do your own personal research. This way you can negotiate a better price for your roofing. Besides, enough knowledge gets you quality roofing as you know and want it to be.

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