TechKNOW: Tech to Make Your Home Work Smarter

With summer’s arrival and potential stay-cations on the horizon, you may be looking for ways to make time at home as easy as possible. Making your home work for you with an investment in smart gadgets could make all the difference in enjoying your downtime to the fullest. If your home could use a modern revamp, check out some of the leading tech for a smarter home.

HONEYWELL HOMET9: Smart Thermostat

Need to save energy, money, and turn down the heat this summer? The Honeywell Home T9 ($209.99) is a smart thermostat that uses room sensors to help you adjust the temperature just the way you like it. The sensors will display each room’s temperature and humidity and you can adjust the thermostat’s settings from anywhere with its user-friendly app. You can use the multi-room display on the app or the thermostat itself to focus on specific rooms or to let it know when you’re home and away.

ARLO: VIDEO DOORBELL

If you want music with great sound quality and ease of use, the Sonos Era 300 ($449) is a smart speaker that can integrate seamlessly into your home. Able to function with a Sonos multiroom system and work with Alexa voice control, its Bluetooth capabilities let you pair devices with ease. Supporting a wide range of music streaming services, you can easily find your favorite albums, stations, or playlists and use its companion app for more control and tailored sound.
Arlo’s 2nd generation Video Doorbell ($129.99) alerts the user when motion is detected at their door. It offers head-totoe coverage that captures a 180-degree field of vision to ensure that you see more of what’s happening around you. Available in 2k or HD to get a sharp video feed, it works with Amazon’s Alexa for hands-free accessible commands and comes with a companion app to get alerts on your phone. If you want even more detail, the Arlo Video Doorbell can even differentiate between people, pets, and package deliveries with the Arlo Smart Home Subscriptions, giving you just the notifications that matter.

ECHO HUB: Smart Home Control Panel

Helping to efficiently run a tech-filled house, Amazon’s Echo Hub ($179.99) is an Alexa-enabled smart home control panel that makes it easy to organize and control your other smart home devices. From
speakers and thermostats to security cameras and plugs, you can view all your devices on its 8-inch touch display. Compatible with a variety of connected devices, the Echo Hub makes it easy to manage a modern household..

NEST PROTECT: Smart Smoke Detector

Traditional smoke detectors can be faulty, set off by dust-buildup and humidity, and require frequent battery changes. But Google’s Nest Protect ($149) takes safety to new levels with a sophisticated
alarm that doesn’t stop at looking for smoke. With a split-spectrum smoke sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to detect smoke from fast-burning and slowburning fires, as well as carbon monoxide, it saves precious seconds that a traditional smoke alarm could miss. It tells you exactly where in your home the smoke or CO has been detected and tests itself automatically to make sure that it’s always keeping you safe.

SONOS ERA 300: Smart Speaker

If you want music with great sound quality and ease of use, the Sonos Era 300 ($449) is a smart speaker that can integrate seamlessly into your home. Able to function with a Sonos multiroom system and work with Alexa voice control, its Bluetooth capabilities let you pair devices with ease. Supporting a wide range of music streaming services, you can easily find your favorite albums, stations, or playlists and use its companion app for more control and tailored sound.

 

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