Looking To Increase The IQ Of Your Home

Dated: 10/22/2017

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Looking to increase the IQ of your home?

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1. Nest Thermostat

Your thermostat controls half your energy bill – more than appliances, more than electronics. So shouldn’t it help you save energy? Independent studies have proven that the Nest Learning Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. That means that in two years, it can pay for itself.


Saving Energy Starts With Your Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat is the FIRST thermostat to get ENERGY STAR certified.



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  • Integrates with other nest products and is voice controllable with Alexa. It also works with many other smart home devices.

  • Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week. Saving you time, hassle and money!

  • Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy.

  • Connect your thermostat to Wi‑Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.

  • When Nest spots you across the room, it lights up to show you the time, temperature or weather.

  • Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.

  • You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It helps you make the energy conscious decision.

Proven energy-saving features

Like the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Nest Thermostat can help you save from day one.

Control it from your phone, tablet or smartwatch

Change the temperature with the Nest app from anywhere – the beach, the office or your bed.

2. Amazon Echo

Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice, with a built-in smart home hub. It connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions, make calls, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo Plus has 360° room-filling sound and can hear you from across the room from any direction. It is always getting smarter as Alexa continues to add additional features. With a built-in smart hub and simple setup for compatible connected devices, starting your smart home or integrating into your existing system is now easier than ever.



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  • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Pandora, Spotify and more simply using your voice.

  • One of my favorite features of the echo is its ability to control other devices. It controls lights, fans, switches, sprinklers, TVs,  thermostats, garage doors, locks, and more with compatible devices from Sony, WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Nest, Samsung, and others.

  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing.

  • Alexa can now call and message family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.

I love that Alexa integrates with all of my nest products. I can tell Alexa to adjust the thermostat and it's done. Amazon is constantly adding features and functions to make Alexa smarter and more helpful around the house.


3. Philips Hue Lighting System

The smart and energy-efficient LED lights deliver bright and beautiful light. They’re available in different shapes and sizes to suit every application in your home. They last over 20 years, 25,000 hours!


  

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Alexa, Turn on all Hue Lights

Use Alexa voice control to turn on your Philips Hue lights when you come home or turn off when you leave. All without lifting a finger. Simply ask Alexa to turn on lights in the bedroom, or dim bedroom to 50%.

Alexa, Make the Dining Room Warmer

Set the mood in your home with your favorite shades of white. Use warmer whites to help you read and relax or cooler whites to concentrate and energize. Simply describe the shade of white you want such as warm white, cool white, daytime or even candlelight.

   

  • Limitless custom color options and shades of white light, tailored to your mood or need, controlled wirelessly via app.

  • Voice control capable with Amazon Alexa, Apple Home-Kit, or Google Assistant.

  • Controllable from home or away, the starter kit includes the SmartHub and 3 bulbs. Individual bulbs are available and you can connect up to 50 bulbs on one smart hub.

  • Installation is just as simple as a standard light bulb. App is easy to setup and use.


4. Arlo Security Cameras

Arlo is providing the absolute best wireless camera system on the market today. I use these cameras and systems both at home and the office. This new Pro 2 has features and a resolution no other current wireless camera has available.

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  • 100% Wire-free - Free of power cords and wiring hassles

  • 1080p HD - High-quality video with sharper and brighter details

  • Activity Zones - Highlight areas in your camera's view where you want to receive motion alerts

  • 24/7 Continuous Video Recording

  • 3-Second Look Back - Capture activity 3 seconds before a triggered event so you'll know what happened from start to finish


5. Circle with Disney

With all the nasty stuff that is out there on the web, it’s nice to have a little bit of control of what your kids can and can’t access. Circle allows your family to manage all of your home's connected devices with ease. With Circle, parents can now filter content and limit screen time as well as set a bedtime for every device in the home. Circle can even pause the Internet and share what kids are up to online. How it Works: Circle pairs wirelessly with your home Wi-Fi and allows you to manage every device on the network-tablet, TV, or laptop.


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  • Manage Every Device: Circle recognizes and manages every device on your home WiFi.

  • Software Requirements: iOS 9 or later or Android Jelly Bean or later

  • Set Time Limits: Create daily time limits on apps and popular sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

  • Filter Content: Set individual filter levels by age (Pre-K, Kid, Teen, and Adult) for each member of your family.

  • Usage at a Glance: See where your kids spend the most time online by app and category.

  • Pause the Internet: Pause the Internet for a single family member or the whole family with a single tap.

 

6. Ring Video Doorbell

Live in an area with tons of door to door sales? Expecting a repairman or package? Is Grandma coming to visit? This is one of many smart home devices will definitely come in handy. With a motion-activated camera, two-way audio and stunning HD video, you’ll never miss a visitor again. See, hear and speak to whoever is at your door in real time from your smartphone, tablet or desktop. Day or night, rain or shine—you’re always home.


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  • The simple to use Ring app allows you to use your mobile device to keep an eye on the place: see your home and speak with visitors, all from a remote location.

  • Excellent night vision capabilities allow you to see who’s there even in the dark.

  • Cloud recording allows you to record and access data for viewing at a later time.

  • Compatible and controllable with Alexa and other smart home devices.

This is another amazing item from my list smart home devices to keep you and your home safe. It allows you to monitor what’s going on at home even if you are away! 

7. Wemo Mini Smart Plug

The WeMo Mini gives you control of anything you plug in, whenever you want, wherever you choose. This is one of those smart home devices that is loaded with tons of options for scheduling and automation. With Amazon Alexa, you can control your desired item with just the power of your voice. WeMo also works with Nest Thermostat, you can set your lights to turn off automatically when you leave the house, and on when you get home again. There is also a setting to alternate lights while you are away to give the illusion that there is someone home. Pretty neat stuff, simple to use and almost endless options!

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  • Easy to use App, can use from anywhere you have Wi-Fi.

  • Sleek design allows you to use 2 per outlet.

  • The away mode allows you to make it look like someone is always home.

  • Works by voice with Alexa and also syncs with Nest to know when you are home or away. Also, works with other smart home devices.

The thing I love about this device is that it allows you endless automation possibilities. Anything you need to plug into a wall outlet you can now control by the app or with Alexa using the power of your voice!

8. August Smart Lock

Unlocks automatically as you arrive

With your phone in your pocket, simply open the door and you’re in your home. Heading out? August Smart Lock Pro will also automatically lock the door behind you after you leave.

Monitor your door from anywhere

Lock and unlock your door, control keyless access, and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your phone. The 24/7 activity log means you’re always in the know.


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  • Easy to use app allows access to your home from your smartphone. You can also sync with other smart home devices.

  • Automatically unlocks as you approach and locks when you are away.

  • You can track who is coming and going and keep a log right on your phone.

  • Grant or restrict access to anyone.

I really love that you don’t have to replace your existing hardware. This holds right onto your existing door and is quite easy to install!

 

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