smart home

TOP 5 PRODUCTS TO UPGRADE YOUR HOME

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller

The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is a Wifi enabled sprinkler system that you can control directly from your smartphone or with Alexa. This is one of our favorite upgrades for our home because of how simple this sprinkler system works. Just download the app and set how you want your sprinklers to run. But what makes this a smart sprinkler systems are the features Rachio installed.
 

Adapts to Your Lawn

Yes you can set a schedule for your lawn but that isn’t different than your traditional sprinkler system. With Rachio , you can input details like plant type and sun exposure and Rachio will automatically water your lawn with exactly what is needed.

Rain and Wind Skips

Rachio Weather Intelligence uses comprehensive weather data to automatically adjust your irrigation schedule based on the latest local forecasts. We tested this for a few months and surprisingly, this works very well. I didn’t have to worry about constantly changing by system as Rachio took care of my lawn for me.

Installation

I’m not that great with installing these type of things for my home but I was really shocked at how easy this one. The Rachio comes with step by step instruction and it actually took me longer to get the tools than to actually install it.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Remember the day when dual AC came out in cars? Everyone was so fascinated by it. The Nest T3017US Learning Thermostat (Third Generation) is just that but smarter and for our homes. One of the main features we love about our Nest is that we can control the temperature for every room. Lets take a look at some of the major features.

Cut that Electric Bill

Independent studies have proven that the Nest Learning Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.  By learning your schedule, Nest knows when to raise the temperature and when to lower the temperature to provide the best temperature for when you’re home and the best temperature to save money when you’re not.

Control From Your Phone

You’re in bed and it’s just to hot for you to sleep? Change the temperature directly from your phone. With Nest app, you don’t need to get out of your comfy bed to change the temperature. The best part is that maybe your roommates in the next room want to keep the same temperature. No worries! Nest allows you to control the temperature in every room.

Homitt Magnetic Screen Door

Let’s look at something so simple but has made life so much more easier. The Homitt Magnetic Screen Door is a hands free door that is extremely easy to install.

Hands Free

The built-in strong magnets in the center of the screen allows for easy access without using your hands. The magnets are heavy enough for it to fall back into shape sealing your home away from the outdoors. The curtains also feature magnets on the bottom sides which is used to prevent the screen from being blown up by the wind. Perfect for when you have pets and no doggy door as they can exit and enter your home easily. 

Mesh Material

The mesh material uses a high-density and antioxidant material. Strong enough to not let the bugs but let fresh air in. The mesh material is strong enough for everyday use and is strong enough to keep this screen lasting for years.

Installation

The Homitt magnetic screen door attaches very easily. Use the 3M tape in the box to attach the screen to the door. Then simply use the pins that are included to lock down the screen door. That’s all!

Echo Dot 2nd Generation

How are we going to talk about home upgrades without mentioning the Amazon Echo Dot? The Echo Dot is a voice-controlled speaker that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, answer questions, set timers and alarms, and more. You can control all your devices mentioned in this blog with Alexa.

Music

Play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and SiriusXM. Just say “Hey Alexa, play some 2018 hits.”

Constant Updates

The Amazon Echo Dot already knows 30,000+ skills, including Jeopardy!, Lyft, Audible, and Domino’s but Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features through the updates.

Smart Door Lock

Out of all the items mentioned in this blog post, this is the must have item. The Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is a smart door lock with so many cool features.

Combinations

Use up to 30 personalized user codes at a time. You and your family can each have your own code to unlock the door.

Smart System

What makes this truly a smart item is the ability to lock and unlock your home from anywhere with the use of your phone. We don’t typically have to use this feature when we’re away since we set the Schlage to auto-lock after 2 minutes but we love to use this feature when we have guest over and can’t get to the door. Simply just unlock with your phone and tell them to come in.