What the Geo? The Time Efficient Home

What the Geo? The Time Efficient Home

What is the most valuable thing in the world to you? If you are like me, it is TIME. Whether you just want time to sit on the couch at the end of the day or make yourself a sandwich for lunch sometimes it feels like you just run out of time. Welcome to the smart home. The most valuable feature of a smart home is the time that it saves you. With Geofencing, there is no need to run around to turn off all of your lights, adjust your thermostat, and lock your doors. Leave and once you are...

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Smart Home Checklist

Smart Home Checklist

home automation smart home Smart Home Basics Wireless Shades Authored By Jennifer Mallett 0 Comment(s)

Are you ready to take the plunge? There are many cool things a Smart Home can do, but really what are the needs or opportunities you have that help you determine you are ready if you are not an “early adopter” (p.s. Smart Homes are beyond the early adopter stage now) Dive in with our Smart Home Checklist. Are you ready for a Smart Home? I have too many apps on my phone to control and want to simplify my life (simple automation) I shop online and would like to see when my packages arrive at my door and be able...

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Experiment: Alexa Free for a Week

Experiment: Alexa Free for a Week

Authored By Chris Dalton 1 Comment(s)

I have an embarrassing confession to make about being a parent. My Digital Assistant currently holds more authority with my kids than I do.  Yes, it’s true. Please withhold your judgement. Alexa took a 1 week vacation here is what happened... Recently, we had a taping for a local TV program and I took the office Amazon Echo out for our demonstration on the set. The unit I have in our house was gone for a week.  I thought…will I miss it? Is this Personal Assistant technology just kind of nice to have or does it offer a real world convenience that once we get...

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your Smart Home

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your Smart Home

We talk often about what types of products make for a good Smart Home but we have not touched upon what NOT to do. Here are our top 5 tips: 1. Spend too much money …Unless you want to. Most of the automation capabilities you can get today USED to require at times a 6 figure investment. We often hear the owners of these systems are unable to use them reliably. Today, that high end spend is much less a requirement and you can comfortably spend $2,500 for an entry level Smart Home fully installed. If you want all the bells and whistles, you...

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Smart Homes and Older Homes

Smart Homes and Older Homes

Antique homes Smart Home Smart Home Set Up Authored By Jennifer Mallett 1 Comment(s)

Can an older home, even a late 1800s antiques, be Smart?  I was asked this question over the weekend while taping a segment for Woman2Woman Today (side note great program led by Jen Maseda, check it out).  The answer is… Yes, the age of a home for the most part will NOT dictate how Smart it can become with all the new cool home technology out there. In fact, in SOME ways products becoming more wireless and connected helps older homes more than newer construction homes as it is often the case that drilling holes to run wires is not...

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