Are you looking to make life easier?  There are several smart home ideas on the market to do just that.

For example:


1.  How about adjusting the temperature of your home from your smart phone?


If you happen to be a snowbird, or someone who travels often, you can set the temperature on your home with your phone so that when you arrive home, it is the temperature you prefer.  Or, set a schedule, or have the temperature adjust based on where you are in the house, instead of where your thermostat is located.  Research your options, but here are a few to look in to:  Honeywell, Nest, Ecobee.

2.  How about snapping a picture of the barcode on your prepackaged dinner and the instructions are sent directly to your oven or microwave, automatcally?  Just put it in and hit start.


Whirlpool's Scan-to-Cook offers this.   Or, you can go to to get ideas for your next meal using items you already have in your cupboard.


3.How about having lights come on when you wake in the morning and venture to the ktichen for the coffee you have already pre-set to be ready when your pre-set alarm goes off?


Google Home, Google Mini with outlets or Alexa.  Check them out and many coffee makers have an option to set your coffee to come on when you most need it!

4.  How about opening your door for someone when you are not there to open it?  You have guests using your home and you can't get a key to them?


There are a few products that can help you with this.  Imagine you are enjoying the warmth in your sunny destination and your grandchild calls needing to check on your home in your absence.  You can open it from your smart phone and even turn off your alarm from your smart phone, too.  In some systems, you can even see who is at the door before you open it.  How cool is that?  Here are a few items to research before making your decisions:  Many alarm companies have the option to remotely turn off, check with your provider.  Other suggestions for door opening/viewing are: Kevo, Ring Video Doorbell, Kwikset and others; features vary.

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