3/1/2016 2:46 PM | 0 Comments

It seems like everywhere you go, people are talking about the newest "Smart Home" technology they have purchased. If you're not sure what that means, we offer this blog to help sort it all out.

Basically, smart home devices are items that allow a homeowner more security and control of their homes by sending real-time alerts and updates to their cell phone. Rather than trying to manage multiple devices, these items can be connected to work together so that homeowners have all the information they need in one place and less to worry about overall.

Currently, and a bit overwhelmingly, there are hundreds of new products aimed at improving safety and efficiency for homeowners. In a world of $6,000 speakers and LED color changing lights, it can be a challenge to know where to start!

To help sift through some of the choices, we present for your consideration some of the most highly rated products and gadgets you need for your home - as well as a few devices that you might just want for fun:

| Functional Smart Home Tech |

Smart Smoke and CO2 Detectors

Smoke and CO2 detectors are critically important home safety devices. However, if not property maintained they become ineffective. Although homeowners should check that their detectors are working at least once a month, often times, this doesn't happen. Enter: the Smart Smoke and CO2 detector. Many of these devices automatically do a battery check several times throughout the day. They send alerts to your cell phone if an alarm is set off, so you can be instantly notified of any danger. Here are three popular models:

Smart Locks and Home Security Systems

Home security devices are a popular type of smart home technology. There are a number of options available, ranging from smart locks to more complete, total home security systems. While some smart home security systems do not automatically alert the police (a function of more traditional security systems) they do send alerts to your phone or smart device so that you know what's happening in your home, no matter where you are. Here are some good options:

Smart Thermostats

Installing smart thermostats in your home can save a homeowner a lot of money on energy. Most models employ functionality that adjusts the heating or cooling in each room of your home based on the temperature, in real time. You can also control your thermostat remotely using your smartphone or tablet from anywhere in your home. Never get up to turn down the air conditioning again with one of these three models:

Smart Lights

By using smart lights, you can program your lighting to the schedule of your choosing. Arrive home to a bright house or "tell" the lights to slowly brighten in the morning - it's up to you! Smart lights are specifically useful when you go on vacation. Don't let the bad guys think the house is empty. Program the lights to give the appearance that someone is still home. All smart lights can be controlled using your smartphone or tablet. Here are some top rated models:

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Laundry Folding Device

If you hate folding laundry, the Seven Dreamers Laundroid might be for you. Simply put your unfolded clothes in and the droid uses algorithms to figure out what each piece of clothing is and the best way to fold it (finally, a good use for math!). It's not available for purchase just yet, but Seven Dreamers is hoping to put it on the market for pre-sale sometime in 2016.

Smart Fridge

One more smart device to look for later this year is the Smarter Fridge Cam. The camera sits inside your fridge to take pictures of its contents. With this device, the next time you're at the store and can't remember if you need to buy milk, you can just pull out your phone and check pictures of what's inside your fridge right then and there! Gives "cool" a whole new meaning.

Keeping your house safe is always a priority for homeowners. Don't forget though, even with all of the gadgets available today, you still need insurance! To learn more about homeowners insurance, give us a call today at 800-333-7234.

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