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How to Start a Smart Home In 2022

There’s never been a better time to upgrade your home into a smart home. But what smart device should I get first? We've assembled a few Wi-Fi devices to help you choose.

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Optimal Locations for Home Security Cameras

We will never be able to predict exactly how or when a burglary will take place. However, we can take preventative actions to avoid or minimize losses from these home invasions by adding security devices to protect our homes. Security cameras are one of the most important home break-in deterrents available and can also provide important video evidence to identify thieves and learn about vulnerable areas on a property.

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Z-Wave 700 and Z-Wave LR Expand the Capabilities of Future Smart Homes

Z-Wave 700 (aka Z-Wave Plus v2), and Z-Wave Long Range (Z-Wave LR) allow new Z-Wave compatible devices to benefit from greater transmission ranges, longer battery life, and other improved features.

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Home Controls 2024 Guide to Smart Home Hubs

Home Controls is here to help with its updated guide to find the right smart home hub for your home.

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How Many Wires Are In Your Old NuTone or M&S Intercom System?

Is your NuTone or M&S home intercom system old and out of date? Is it time to upgrade your system with a contemporary and stylish new home intercom, complete with modern features and the latest technology? The great news is that you don’t need to completely replace everything; you can still use the wires from your existing system. This means you don’t have to run new wires which saves you the need to call an electrician. A great money and time saver!

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Fibaro Comes To Home Controls

Several innovative and select Fibaro Z-Wave Sensors and controllers are now available at Home Controls. With multiple award-winning products, Fibaro has become one of the leading Z-Wave manufacturers in the home automation and security industries. The company has been lauded time and time again for bringing uniquely innovative Z-Wave solutions to people across the globe. Introduce your home to your imagination through Fibaro.

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Flooded? How to Prevent Water Damage with Leak Detection Systems

A few years ago, my mother came home from a vacation to find water pouring out of her front door. While she was gone, the pipes to her washer had burst and flooded the entire house. She had been gone for days, so the damage to her home and all her belongings was extensive. If something like this has ever happened to you, then you know how devastating a home flood or water damage can be. If this has not happened to you, then you should take every precaution to protect yourself. In this blog entry, I’ll show you some ways to prevent a home flood – both low tech and high tech solutions.

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Chicken Coop Motor Is An Egg-cellent Product!

About a year ago, Add-a-Motor found a hidden market with literally millions of potential customers. They discovered that in the USA alone, there are tens of millions of chicken coops, and many millions more around the globe. Most are family owned with 10 to 20 chickens raised for fresh eggs and meat. Add-A-Motor also learned that chicken coop owners have the same problem - early every morning without fail. They must open the coop door to let their chickens out to feed. In the evening, when chickens automatically re-enter the coop, the door must be closed to protect them from predators and the elements. No matter the weather conditions or personal situation, these morning and evening chores can not be missed. For a busy family, it’s a challenge to keep up this routine 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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Never Crank A Window Again

Would you buy a car today where you had to crank the window open? Or would you opt for powered windows?

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How To Connect A 4-Wire Smoke Detector

I’ve received a few calls on how to connect 4-wire smoke detectors so I thought it might be a good idea to share what I know about these smoke sensors.

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Getting to Know Your Circuit-Breaker Panel

With the popularity of using the powerline for lighting control such as UPB and X10, the time will come when things don’t work and troubleshooting will be due. An example would be where devices work in one part of the house, while others in a different location don’t work at all. This problem usually means a lack of signal in one part of the house.

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