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Smart Homes

Do you have a Smart Home?

 

Before you would look at layout, condition, charm, amenities, and the list goes on when making a decision what house to buy. But now there is a new contender - The Smart House which not only brings convenience to the owner but ELEVATES YOUR HOUSE VALUE 3-5% AND HELPS IT SELL FASTER.  About 95% of the Smart Home features you can add yourself with easy DIY installation.  So what are the top 3 Smart Home features owners prefer.

 

#1 Security
#2 Nest Thermostat      
#3 Lighting

 

You know you want to add some Smart Home features to your house so now the hard part is choosing which one among the increasing list of 'new/hot' gadgets.  The following were some of Top Picks at this years 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show.

 

Our favorite is the new smoke alarm from Halo available this spring.  It is the only smoke alarm to combine dedicated sensor technology to quickly detect both fast and slow-burning fires and carbon monoxide in a single device. Smart sensors can tell the difference between a false alarm and a real fire. And with Halo+, an embedded weather radio keeps you informed in the event of a weather threat like a tornado or hurricane.  Halo and Halo+ use a ring of light and voice alerts to tell you exactly what’s wrong. You’ll also get an alert on your phone, where it’s easy to monitor or hush an alarm, and the system works with almost all the connected platforms you know. That means you’re free to select the connected home platform that best meets your needs. Halo Smoke Alarmhttps://halosmartlabs.com/products/residential/#say-hello-1
https://august.com

Meet the August app.

Lock and unlock your door, create virtual keys for guests, and know who comes and goes, all from your smartphone.  Never copy a key again. Create virtual keys for family and guests. Choose to grant access for a few weeks, a few hours, a few minutes, or even specific dates and times. Delete guest access any time in an instant.  A 24/7 activity log tracks who enters and exits your home. And with unique keys for each user, you’ll always know who opens your door and when.  With the August video doorbell camera you always know who’s at the front door, even when you’re not home. See and speak with visitors using your smartphone.

Somfy Systems - Conveniently close or open all your blinds or shades at the same time, perfectly positioned and aligned, with a touch of a button. No more cables or strings that get tangled up! Somfy motors are also ideal for large windows, high-up or hard to reach window coverings.  They can be installed on all types of interior window coverings: roller or Roman shades, horizontal blinds, and draperies. https://www.somfysystems.com/residential/interior/blinds-shades
  Vivint is harnessing the power of Alexa -- the brains behind Amazon's smart Echo speaker -- to bring voice control functionality to its security platform. That means you should be able to tell Alexa to arm your security system, pull up a live feed from a specific security camera, close the garage door and much more.
Sengled is revolutionizing the lighting industry with smart bulbs that transform your house into a connected home. We mentioned these after seeing them at CES last year but we like them so much we wanted to show them off again.  Expand your Wi-Fi reach across your home by inserting a Boost LED bulb in your floor lamp. It extends your Wi-Fi signal by 100 feet, so say goodbye to Internet dead spots.  Or pump up your party by inserting Pulse bulbs into recessed light fixtures.  By networking up to eight Pulse bulbs, you can connect your kitchen to your living room.  
   

Sengled Snap combines a wireless HD camera with an energy-efficient LED light bulb for outdoor monitoring. Place Snap over entryways and garages to keep an eye on your surroundings at day and at night.

The ultra-wide angle HD camera captures high-quality video that can be viewed instantly or stored in the cloud. Customize motion zones and receive alerts when activity is detected. Snap provides peace of mind at home, the office or on the go.

 
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