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
Lights are a burglar’s worst enemy. This is why often, burglars dress in black to blend in with the darkness. They learn to navigate by touch and rely upon their fingers for many things. If you want to keep the burglars and prowlers away, take your home’s lighting status very seriously. Burglars are attracted to properties that are dark so Continue Reading
No matter how much you spend on a home remodel project, the reality is that if the lighting is all wrong, the room just isn’t going to look good. Austin, Texas-based ALGLO has come up with a solution: an LED lighting design kit. A must-have tool for any interior designer, DIY homeowner, or even make-up artists, this kit is the most Continue Reading
Yes, some home safety and security tips are pretty obvious, but the not-so-obvious ones can also be among the best things you can do to protect your house. There are 21 here, in no particular order. See how many you’ve been applying to your home. Keep all of your doors locked — a no-brainer, right? But this means also when Continue Reading
Wireless speakers can be a fun addition to any outdoor hangout. When spending time with family members on the deck, homeowners can also enjoy some of their favorite tunes. Best of all, outdoor speakers can be installed with minimal hassle. If needed, these speakers can even be moved to other locations around the house. In fact, these speakers can even 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.