6 of the Best Smart Home Devices

Everybody today wants his life made easy when performing daily chores. For example, you may love your coffee maker that makes the cup of coffee ready upon waking up. You like your thermostat being adjusted automatically according to the requirement you have.

Doorbells are liked much that you can answer from afar. All these things make your life better than if you were empty-handed from today’s technology advantages. It’s required to use them properly to ensure the maximum benefits rather than being misused or used without following the manual and directions.

Smart Home
Smart Home


Have you ever thought about controlling the home via phone? This is an amazing concept we get behind especially while we feel the possibility of returning to a place that is cold in the dead winter. Through Nest, the schedule can be adapted as well as keeping track of used energy is possible. Besides, Nest provides you smart smoke detector along with smart security camera. Enjoy these features through the completely smart way.

Haiku Ceiling Fan

This rapidly running ceiling fan is more than just a fan. Whenever you enter your room you will see that the fan is getting turned on and will be turned off when exiting. Besides, if you want to track the humidity and temperature of the room, this fan can help you either. In response to environmental conditions, it modulates the speed automatically. Enjoy its alarm clock function in addition to the features written above.

Smarter Coffee

What if you get a fresh coffee cup with just hitting a snooze button? Sound good? Yes, now you can prepare your coffee tailored exactly to the preference you have for doing nothing except hitting a particular button.

That’s why according to the coffee addicted people, this product is one of the best smart home items around. No matter where ever you are in your apartment or home, you can control this WiFi enabled coffee maker. Upon running low the water tank, it sends you reminders as well as you can have the coffee strength adjusted.



You are free to name it whatever you want including a portable speaker and a bulb. It’s a super cool item and can be streamed from any app as well as with high-quality sounds. During the day, it modulates the light. At the start, it gets bluer and brighter in the morning but soon it transits to a hot golden glow when night comes closer.

August Smart Locks

You may be familiar with various smart home devices that are nifty and internet-enabled gadgets that fit in your home but August Smart Clocks pose something different in terms of features and other aspects. It lets your visitors even when you’re out of your home, answering the doorbell.

June Intelligent Oven

I know you lack the ability of cooking well and can’t trust on your cooking skills. Be happy because this oven-looking item can help you much when tasty and amazing foods are needed to be prepared within seconds.


How to troubleshoot a thermostat?

How to troubleshoot a thermostat?


If you own HVAC system, there will be a command center called thermostat. Your entire home’s cooling and heating may be affected in case it stops working properly. Here, you may need troubleshooting the Trane Digital thermostat so I decided to share some things to consider fixing the issue.

How to troubleshoot a thermostat
How to troubleshoot a thermostat ?

General digital thermostat troubleshooting issues

Make sure to check your thermostat in the case of experiencing trouble with the HVAC system. By doing so, you may find the issue along with solution if you have some touch with programming and technical aspects. Homeowners often face some common troubleshooting issues I wanted to list a few of them.

HVAC units won’t turn on

Thermostat setting must be checked if you notice that air conditioner, air handler, furnace, or any other unit isn’t getting turned on. Depending on the weather, make sure the thermostat is programmed to cool or heat the home and is turned on.

Sometimes, you may need to reset the system, so, turn the thermostat off and then on. Hopefully, the issue will be solved otherwise, consult the Trane Comfort Specialist in case the issue is complicated or needs advanced skills. Don’t try to fix the problem on your own or else horrible damages may occur.

Too cold or too hot in your home

Make sure to program the device according to what you need and prefer if you notice the temperature is kept at an uncomfortable level by your thermostat. Sometimes, the temperature is programmed differently during different times and days.

Too cold or too hot in your home

In this case, the owner should read the manual and learn how to program thermostat according to a comfortable level for each day of weeks. If it works better because you succeeded with the programming the temperature its’ fine otherwise contact a Trane Comfort Specialist and ask to fix the issue and program the temperature according to your preference.

Troubleshooting connected digital thermostats

There are many help lines to assist you regarding troubleshooting the issues so homeowners can easily control the temperature of their houses. Besides, the temperature can be controlled through the internet using your PC, smartphone, or tablet either but the condition is having an established internet connection.

In case the thermostat is still not working as per your need, try to reset the unit and then start following some steps provided in the manual shipped with the product. If you fail to fix the issue even by using the steps in the manual, there must be an issue with your internet connection in terms of low signals or disconnection or so on.


Fixing and troubleshooting the thermostat issues aren’t impossible especially if you learn some programming and read the manual carefully. Mostly, you won’t need to hire any technician in order to get the issue resolved as programming and other tasks are simple to pick and understand. To be comfortable throughout the year, never try touching tools you aren’t familiar with.


How Does Home Automation Benefit You

To be honest with you, let me say that we all grew up having some dreams inspired how our future would be like. Among several innovations, we are confused with joy such as Hovercars, Teleportation, JetPacks, and Casual space travel.

It’s true that many of such innovations are out of our grasp, but the future is able to be enjoyed today. Have you ever heard about home automation? It’s what we can enjoy today. Put simply, because of home automation, you have control and access to critical appliances and systems from a centralized or remote location.

Things you can do with home automation are endless including setting temperature, turning off the lights, tweaking your home’s security, and much more. All these are done simply through a few taps on a touch screen panel and some voice commands using your smartphone or another device. Although, the advantages of using home automation are various, yet the job could be frivolous and a bit fancy. The benefits are immediate and real, though.

Home Automation
Home Automation


Because of today’s home automation systems, you are facilitated with managing your home on your own whether you are physically at your home or not. This allows you to turn alarms on or off through your smartphone. Also, you can control all the devices including audio and video devices using a single push button.

If you are too lazy to use your hands each time you need so, here are other options to use. Home automation systems allow you to use timers for turning lights on or off and also, the temperature can be turned up or down through this timer.

Many other things are possible to be done through setting the timer perfectly. Just imagine, you arrive home each day at a specific time and you need all things set ahead of your arrival. Through these automation, you can adjust the thermostat to complement the cool night temperature before you leave your home. You just sit down touching a single button on an advanced remote and thus, activate your favorite channel, turn on your satellite TV, or launch your most used audio preset on the sound system. All this is done automated and amazingly.



Today, security is a big issue for homeowners, especially when they leave their homes for an extended period of time. It could cause a headache if you are wondering whether you have locked the front door or not.

Remember, your peace of mind should be everything and you should have it whatever situation it is. But, it’s not possible or it’s very hard especially if you have left your home with no person inside and you forgot the security measures whether they have been taken or not. You can avoid this headache by setting up security through home automation systems.

Energy Efficiency

Do you know home automation systems can help you save your money and energy? Yes, an intelligent thermostat couldn’t be set remotely but can be operated week-long cycles to give you customized efficiency in terms of energy.

Ecobee3 smart WiFi thermostat Review

Ecobee3 smart WiFi thermostat Review

Ecobee3 smart WiFi thermostat Review

My living room isn’t colder than my bedroom; even they are a few steps away from each other. Through this particular item, you can monitor more than one room’s temperature in your home. The pros it comes with include being intuitive, and working with IFTTT and HomeKit.

Although, the installation process may be some tricky and complicated, yet you can manage the process after being familiar with the manual. It’s able to warm your room to 65 degrees and shuts off the heat to the extent that you may shiver under your covers.

All the problems are solved cleverly through this amazing product. A remote wireless sensor which communicates back to the base unit and measures the temperature tells us when it’s cold and hot enough. There are many other useful features such as smart home integration and you can declare it your favorite thermostat.

According to the reviews written by August 20, the thermostat was working with Apple HomeKit. Once it was tested with the Amazon Echo, the review than updated on Feb 16, 2016, to tell this new feature.


Ecobee3 smart WiFi thermostat Review2

If you look at Nest Learning Thermostat, it has been designed classically minimalist. But Ecobee3 contains more modern look and more attractive than its competitors. It’s squared with beautiful rounded corners and its face of the 3.9 X 3.9-inch is black and glossy plastic. In the middle, you will find a 3.5-inch QVGA touch screen either. A concealed motion sensor is found in a small wedge-shaped section.

Similar to the base unit, the corners are round in Ecobee3 remote sensor, however, it measures a much smaller 1.7 X 1.7 X 0.8 inches with white color completely. Because of having a small motion sensor, you would be detected when entering in your room.


The power is drawn from C-wire called HVAC system’s wire. That’s the difference between Ecobee3 and Nest and Honeywell Lyric because both come with built-in batteries. According to the manufacturers, Ecobbe3 is more reliable in this way than all other competitors. Other devices draw the power using many wires that are used for controlling the air conditioner and heat but they fail to provide established and steady current.

Ecobee3 comes with another benefit too. For those not having a C-wire connecting the furnace and thermostat Ecobee3 holds a power extender kit to enable you to make the connection between your furnace and thermostat. According to a technician I hired to set up all this procedure, this kit can be used in residential furnaces and it’s pretty helpful for homeowners in this regard.

In case you are away from hiring a technician and are unable to install the kit yourself, the company facilitates you giving a link and contact info on his website. Just visit the site to find the contact of a professional and ask for a quote to get the job done.

After completing the installation process, you have to tell the product how much heat and cold is needed. Setup the passwords carefully and enjoy.




7-Day ToucScreen Universal Application Programmable Thermostat Reviews

Get ready to enjoy new Lux TX9600TS. It’s a touch screen thermostat which ensures users to enjoy easily. You can accurately control the temperature as a homeowner. Nothing is required to check the temperature except your touch of the figure.

The features include easy installation, a user-friendly interface, simple operation, and easy programming. It makes users fully satisfied because of vast operations, a lighted and large display and easy to read information. As mentioned, no extra skills are required to understand the programming. The price is reasonable so any user with a tight budget can have it.

7-Day ToucScreen Universal Application Programmable Thermostat
7-Day ToucScreen Universal Application Programmable Thermostat

Some helpful features

It’s compatible with all system types so can be adjusted easily anywhere. Since a monitor is installed so you can check the usage of energy anytime. An air filter is programmed to filter life timer. The recovery is smart and temperature can be checked through a programmed time.

Unauthorized people have no way to operate the system because it comes with a lockout touch screen protection. So, it gives you a peace of mind in terms of security too. Online criminals would attempt to hack the system, so you should be careful having a strong protection code to ensure the safety.

7-Day ToucScreen Universal Application Programmable ThermostatIf you are going outside for a long time, for two weeks, for example, you can use a vacation setting. So a constant low temperature would be set for two weeks. There is a feature called Temperature Hold which is used to maintain a fixed set temperature.

By holding it initially, the product will maintain the set temperature for an indefinite period. It’s up to you for how much time you are willing to use these feature, for days, weeks, or even for several months.

But remember, you can’t set temperature for enough longer time if it has not adequate power. When hold mode is needed to use just press the Hold button. You will see some words appearing on the display similar to Heat Hold or Cold Hold. The hold mode will remain unchanged until you manually modify it manually.

If you’re unclear regarding how to set the hold mode, just use search online option and you will find complete manual by giving a model number when searching. This feature is called Temperature Setback also.

Why it’s recommended?

The features mentioned above don’t mean it has nothing in negative. Although, it comes with some reservations, yet it’s recommended for some other reasons such as easy installation, running well and easy programming.

Just one reservation I would like to share that it comes with no backlight so you can’t read the figures easily. However, if this thins is ignored, you can have it because of good size, light weight, and other helpful pros.

The Living Room – Holiday Home Tour

It’s the most magnificent time of year when I can welcome you into my home. The house is gotten (for the occasion) and I’ve hung the leggings with consideration. Be that as it may, a large portion of all, I appreciate having you over for a measure of hot cocoa and great discussion. In the event that you are simply coming over from Gloribell’s web journal, I Don’t Know How She Does It, invite! On the off chance that you are ceasing in here to begin with, take after to the end of this post to see the various bloggers taking an interest in the visit.


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The mantel is filled with rustic metal

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The magnetic metal windows are a fun way to display holiday cards and photos.

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