Are Roombas Worth It?

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If you’re looking to save time cleaning with a convenient and intelligent solution, there’s no doubt about it: Roombas are absolutely worth the cost.

Since the Roomba first came on the market, there have been a huge number of models at varying price points — ensuring that pretty much any homeowner should be able to add a smart vacuum into their home.

Say goodbye to spending hours sucking up the dust and debris in your home, and allow your little robot friend to take care of the tidying with scheduled cleanings while you’re away at work. Whether you’re in the market for an entry level model that still manages a thorough cleaning, or a top-of-the-line device with all the bells and whistles, there’s a Roomba product for you.

Does Roomba Work on Carpet?

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There’s no denying that carpet is more challenging for vacuums to work on than hard surfaces like wood or laminate. It’s important that your vacuum be able to tackle all different types of flooring, and you can rest assured that all Roomba models will perform quite well on both carpet and hardwoods.

With that said, there are some Roombas that do a better job of cleaning carpets than others. The iRobot Roomba 960 and both feature Carpet Boost mode, which will automatically ratchet up the suction when the vacuum detects carpet. With the extra power kicking in where it counts, these models will do just as well on soft surfaces like carpet as they will on more solid ground.

How Home Automation Can Increase Home Value

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Have you ever thought about turning your home into a James Bond-esque gadget automation setup? Imagine walking into your home on a dark winter’s evening, and by merely saying the word “lights,” suddenly, your home is lit up in an instant.

And, what if adding such features increases your home’s value and its appeal to future buyers?

Let’s explore some ways in which home automation can increase your home’s value and whether it’s a viable option for you.

Z-Wave vs. Z-Wave Plus

Z-Wave vs. Z-Wave Plus

What is Z-Wave?

Z-Wave technology is a form of wireless communication specifically designed to monitor and report statuses in residential and small business environments. If you have some form of smart home controller, chances are that it uses Z-Wave. As the market leader with over 70 million products in use, this technology is what keeps your connected home running efficiently.

What is Z-Wave Plus?

Z-Wave Plus is a certification given to products that utilize the extended features of the next generation of Z-Wave technology. While Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus have a lot of things in common, there’s also some big differences in functionality as the “Plus” products take advantage of expanded features. The devices are “smarter”, easier to install, and generally a big improvement over the last generation Z-Wave.

Smart Home Technology

Smart Home Technology

In 2017, our homes deal with more data than ever before. Whether through a cord connection or WiFi, a regular home has a constant stream of information. This is doubly true for the smart home.

There are a wide variety of different data formats and protocols that are used to keep your smart home online and functioning properly. Many of these protocols interface well together, working together to provide the ultimate in convenience and home security.

In this article we’ll discuss the basics of smart home technology, and get into more detail about how your connected home stays online and communicative.

Smart Home Rebates

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As smart home technology becomes more and more affordable, many people are starting to experience the convenience and utility that a connected home has to offer. Despite the easier access, however, smart technology can still be pretty pricey.

Fortunately, in an effort to get their products in the hands of more consumers, many smart technology companies are offering rebates for adopters of this new technology. While you may suffer from a case of analysis paralysis while researching devices like smart thermostats or smart lighting, it’s important to realize that — in many cases — you could be eligible for a rebate.

We’ve listed some information below about rebates for eligible smart home products.

What is Power Over Ethernet?

Power Over Ethernet

To put it simply, power over ethernet (PoE) allows you to both power and connect your devices using an ethernet cable. With PoE, the cable that connects your device to the internet also serves as the device’s power source, eliminating the need for an extra cord and consolidating the two functions for increased convenience.

Power over Ethernet devices can either be power sourcing equipment (PSE) or powered devices (PD) or — in some cases — both! Power sourcing equipment is usually something like a network switch that transmits power, while powered devices cover a wide range of technology from VOIP phones to IP cameras.

How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Today we’ll talk about how to make your home energy efficient. We live in a century where it’s hard to imagine a day without electricity. And with each passing day, due to different reasons, people start thinking about saving energy more and more. Not only does it save you money, but it also decreases pollution by wasting less primary fuel like coal, oil, and gas.

So, how to make your home energy efficient? First of, you need to find out what’s consuming the most energy at your home. It can be heating/cooling, lighting, or appliances. That will help you figure out the most efficient ways of how to save energy.

How to Install a Dimmer Switch • Lutron Caseta Wireless Collection

Today, we’ll show you how to install a dimmer switch from the Lutron Caseta Wireless collection. In general, installing a dimmer switch can be a pain, but not when we talk about the Lutron Caseta Wireless dimmers. In this installation dimmer guide in particular, we’ll go over a step-by-step instruction of how to replace a single-pole switch with a Caseta Wireless in-wall dimmer.

A single-pole switch is a one wall switch that controls a light or group of lights. Lights that are controlled from two or more locations, such as stair lights, use 3-way switches. If your stair light has two or more switches please check how to replace 3-way switches with Lutron Caseta Wireless dimmer installation guide. You can also check the video on how to replace a single-pole switch or 3-way switch with the Lutron dimmers.
So, let’s start!