Friday, March 27, 2015

Two Very Useful Smart Home Features

It is now very easy to smarten your home. Everything that can be turned on, or moves, or can be seen, can be "smartened"--from light bulbs to locks to thermostats to alarms to leaks and on and on. But perhaps the two most useful smart devices are thermostats and smart plugs. With a smart thermostat, you can control the thermostat from anywhere in the world, so you can adjust the temperature to be economical while you were out and re-turn it to a more comfortable temperature shortly before coming home. With a smart plug, you can turn your television on or off from anywhere in the world or pursuant to a schedule. At this point, you likely are saying, this blog just went off the trolley tracks. Not so. It is an established scientific and forensic fact that the single best deterrent against home break-ins is having a television visibly on. Unfortunately, normal timers will not turn on and off televisions. But smart plugs can. The link below takes you to Lowe's smart home system, which we have tested fully and have found it and the support for it excellent. We have not run comparison studies with other systems.

Link to Lowe's Iris System

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