Smart Home

The Best IFTTT Recipe Ideas for the Smart Home

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IFTTT (If This, Then That) is an online service that allows users to string together a series of commands to perform actions throughout the home. These connected commands are called ‘recipes’ or ‘applets’, and when used correctly can give you more control over your smart home than ever before.  While many smart home devices have […]

What To Do If Your Smart Assistant Doesn’t Recognize Your Accent

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Smart assistants are one of the coolest creations of the past decade. An AI-powered device that can turn on your lights, order food, and tell you traffic conditions – what’s not to like? It’s almost like Rosie from The Jetsons lives in your house. Unless perhaps you have a strong accent. A 2018 article from […]

Siri, Google Assistant, & Cortana – Three Digital Assistants Compared

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If you’re old enough to remember trying voice dictation software in the 90s, then you know the true meaning of tedium. If you wanted to type out an email or a memo using your voice, it required hours of training, a painfully slow speaking speed and ultimately a pretty useless piece of text. Today things […]

How to Build a Smart Kitchen

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A quick Google search will reveal dozens upon dozens of articles on “how to build the ultimate smart home.” Most all of these articles talk about smart lighting, smart locks, and sometimes even smart blinds—but few touch on the heart of the home: the kitchen! “Smart” kitchen appliances are everywhere, but most tend to come […]

The Best Smart Home Starter Kit

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A smart home improves your home’s security, makes day-to-day tasks more convenient, and brings a cool factor that few others additions to your home can even dream of. The one downside is the installation process. Because a smart home is made of so many different parts, it can be hard to figure out exactly what […]

The Best Smart Security Systems for Under $500

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When you shop around for multiple cameras, sensors, and alarms, the cost for a smart security system can be quite high. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. We’ve found some great smart security systems that bundle everything together into one kit for under $500. All of these systems make almost none, or […]

The Best Smart Plugs in 2019 that Work with Alexa and Google Home

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Everyone wants to cut energy costs. One of the easiest ways to do that is through energy monitoring tools, but another simple solution is to eliminate phantom power draw. “Phantom power” is energy drawn by devices even when not in direct use, such as to power LED displays. The only way to stop phantom power […]

The Most Versatile Smart Assistant in 2019

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In this world of battle royales, there is one that stands out above all the others: the never-ending contest of the Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomePod. The three smart assistants dominate the market, each one claiming to the best at what it does—and all three claim to be the right choice for your […]

Battle of the Smart Home Hubs – SmartThings vs Wink

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Smart home hubs are the lifeblood of any fully connected home. These devices act as a “translator” between protocols. For example, if a device that uses only Zigbee needs to communicate with a device that only uses Z-Wave, then a smart home hub can be used as an intermediary between the two. There are two […]

How to Monitor Your Home Electricity Usage

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Monitoring your electricity usage can help you keep track of how much you are spending on your energy. With this information, you can learn what appliances should be used less often to save on your energy bill. There are many different methods available that can be used to track your electricity usage, but we will […]