Advice for Making Your Home Smarter | Video
Think you’re not savvy enough for a “smart” home? It’s time to think again according to America’s Home Expert Danny Lipford.
He and his daughter & co-host, Chelsea Lipford Wolf, shared smart home advice with millions during a nationally televised media event. The father-daughter team showed viewers how making your home “smart” is easier than ever and offers improved comfort, convenience and safety.
Broadcasting live via satellite from a residence in Mobile, AL, Lipford spoke from where most families like to relax: the living room. He introduced viewers to the newest smart home innovation from Carrier, the Infinity System Control.
According to Lipford, automating a home comfort system offers a great way for homeowners to save on their monthly energy bill. Though programmable thermostats have been around for a while, Lipford explained that the Infinity System Control takes automation a step further by giving homeowners the freedom to manage humidity levels, airflow, ventilation, indoor air quality and up to 8 zones, from wherever they are, with a connected smartphone or tablet. As an added feature, the system is compatible with Amazon Alexa, which is a growing trend in smart technology.
“The ‘smart’ movement, in its early days, was all about having gadgets and things around your home – initially, very popular with the millennial generation,” says Lipford. “But today, the innovations available have very practical applications, and span whole-house systems. With features that offer savings, comfort and huge convenience, it’s no wonder we’re seeing homeowners of all ages and lifestyles embrace the trend of smart home technology.”
With the holiday season approaching, increased incidents of theft are often top-of-mind for homeowners. To ease concerns, Wolf demonstrated an easy and inexpensive option for increasing home security. She showed viewers Leviton’s Decora Smart collection of devices, which includes plug-in outlets, smart dimmers and switches that can be controlled remotely via Wifi technology. Scheduling lights to turn on inside or outside at a particular time of day, even while away at work or on vacation, signals that activity is taking place at the home and could deter potential burglars.
“There are so many practical applications for these outlets,” comments Wolf. “Connecting a crockpot, for example, to a smart outlet is genius. You can access the outlet via the free app during the day, turn it on, and dinner’s waiting for you when you get home from work. I can’t think of anything more convenient!”
Lipford and Wolf finished out the media event by taking the mystery out of a common household chore – changing light bulbs. With so many options today, walking down the lighting aisle at the local home center can be intimidating. The father-daughter team introduced the audience to a new line of smart bulbs from GE that simplify the process. Their HD lighting line has made it easier for shoppers to choose the right bulb, with recommendations right on the box for use in specific rooms. If homeowners need to illuminate cozy spaces such as bedrooms or family rooms, GE offers Relax HD bulbs that offer warm, soft white light. For kitchens and baths, however, homeowners would opt for the Reveal HD bulbs, which filter out yellow hues, and provide bright white lighting. And with a life span of up to 13 years, these smart bulbs offer the energy savings today’s homeowners expect.
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