Top Smart-Home Products of 2015

Posted by wadmin on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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Smart-home products aren’t cool gadgets that speak to you, or watches you can speak into, but rather products that are designed with the interest of saving time and money around the home with eco-efficient products that also focus on environmental awareness. 

According to Jason Ballard, the present of TreeHouse, 2015 has been a fruitful year regarding smart-home technology, “2015 was huge because we saw products become easier to use and less expensive, ‘Smart home’ no longer means building the Jetsons’ house. It means adding products to your home that make it safer and healthier.”

Here is TreeHouse’s list of the top seven smart-home products of the year.

  • Combination Smoke Alarms. The smoke and carbon monoxide detector combinations that hit the market this year offer features like industrial-grade smoke sensors, self-tester functions, and durability to last up to a decade. With one brand in this category, Nest Protect, you can hush the alarm straight from your phone.

  • Smart Sprinklers. Use your laptop to schedule watering times and automatically adjust for the weather. The Rachio Intelligent Sprinkler Controller boasts a 20-50% savings on watering bills.

  • Home Security. Now easier to install than ever, smart locks and video cameras allow you the ability to lock and unlock your door from your phone. Nest Cam has live streaming, night vision, and activity alerts, and with August Lock, you can create virtual keys for guests.

  • Smart Thermostats. Nest thermostats are a best-seller over at TreeHouse. Another consumer favorite is the Ecobee smart thermostat, which features the ability to monitor the temperature in multiple rooms. Both brands have been popular choices for people buying their first smart-home tool.

  • Lighting. Make it seem like you’re home when you’re not, with geofencing technology — the biggest lighting innovation since LED. Your lights can welcome you home or turn off automatically when you leave. Most brands in this category let you change the color of the lighting in your home, and some, like Philips Hue, can even keep you informed about the weather.

  • Air Quality Monitors. These smart devices monitor the air in your home and tell you how to make it better. The Foobot detects volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, carbon dioxide, temperature, and humidity.

  • Smart Fans. Big Ass Fans’ residential ceiling fan was the only product over $500 to make the list. The company’s Haiku fan knows when you enter or leave a room and even offers a ‘Whoosh’ mode that simulates a natural breeze.

SRC: Find the entire article here: www.consumeraffairs.com/news/the-smartest-smart-home-products-of-2015-121715.html

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