Want to manage your HVAC’s energy performance and functioning? Sure, you could get a smart thermostat. But that won’t rule out all your heating and cooling system’s unknowns, like when a part is getting ready to break down, or when it’s time for a little routine maintenance. But by leveraging environmental sensor technology, your whole unit, including the ducts and Continue Reading
Tech lovers are pretty insatiable in their quest for the newest gadget, and that can make them pretty hard to shop for if you’re not regularly browsing trade magazines. To help you find the perfect gift for your geeky loved one, we’ve compiled this list of the best smart products to use around the home. This nifty tech paraphernalia will Continue Reading
What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the home tech industry? Recently, the industry has taken a turn toward smart homes and home automation solutions. Not only are customers interested in protecting their homes, but they want to control their door locks, lights, and thermostats, too. We constantly evaluate new products to add to our product Continue Reading
While the rest of the world reacted to Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from its latest iPhone release, we here at Modernize were busy envisioning the iPhone 7’s potential for home automation. The newest model—and the iOS update that comes along with it—may virtually change the game when it comes to smart home technology. In particular, the new built-in Continue Reading
Do you feel confident that you can you protect your home, your belongings, and even your data in the event of a disaster? More importantly, how easy will it be for you and your loved ones to survive and then recover from a fire, tornado, flood, earthquake, or hurricane? September is Emergency Preparedness Month, which makes it a perfect time Continue Reading
Many of us think about smart home products simply as a cool way to turn on the stereo, or how we can lower the AC without running over to the thermostat. But you can also use home automation devices to secure your valuables, prevent break-ins, and keep your family safer. Door and window sensors, automatic locks, and alarms all protect your Continue Reading
Home Security On the Go Home security is something that is always top-of-mind for me. I live in an area of Austin without a lot of foot traffic and it’s secluded enough that there aren’t always regular police patrols. While having more space and a quieter neighborhood is often one of the best parts of living where I do, it Continue Reading
The holidays are upon us once again, and it’s not just the kids with their wish lists and the seasonal shoppers and decorators who are giddy for this festive time of year. Burglars are excited, too, because the hustle and bustle of the season makes for easy trespassing. Here are 15 ways to tighten your home security and throw a wrench in a Continue Reading
Home security isn’t exactly a fun topic, since it forces us to consider all the things that could go wrong. But it’s better and smarter to be prepared so we can rest easily at night, knowing our homes and families are protected. Here are some expert tips to keep your home safe: Install a peephole—you should already have one, but Continue Reading
12 Get Smart Home Security Tips How many people who won’t wade more than 12 feet from shore due to fear of sharks actually don’t think their home will ever be burglarized? While about 50 people a year, worldwide, are killed by sharks, about one in every 36 homes in the U.S. will be burglarized in a single year. Average Continue Reading
Home automation: The future is now
From managing temperature and lights to keeping your family secure, home automation lets you easily monitor your home while you’re away through a variety of mobile devices. Home automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating the function of your home. With a simple touch of a button or even voice commands, you can adjust the temperature of your home, turn lights off and on, or even control your kitchen’s smart appliances.
Imagine the ease and convenience of controlling your home by using an interface on your smartphone, computer, tablet, or even from panels mounted throughout your home. It’s literally like going from the Clapper to living in a house like The Jetsons, where every aspect of the home is automated.
Still think home automation is beyond your means or only for geeks? Think again. Smart technology and home automation are the wave of the future and are here to stay. It won’t be long before home automation will be mainstream just like everything else. In fact, Google recently spent more than $3 billion to purchase Nest Labs, the company that’s manufacturing some of the best products in home automation today, which proves that smart technology is going places.