Smart technology isn’t just for fancy homes anymore, and there are six great ways you can
Problem: Bad Lighting and a High Electric Bill
Maybe you live in an awesome but pricey neighborhood like Uptown in Minneapolis, and you love your apartment’s location and you like the complex’s amenities, but after a while, you had to admit that your place looked a little dingy, and after some investigation, you decided that the lighting is the culprit. A combination of yellowish incandescent bulbs and older fluorescent fixtures that throw off a pinkish glow make for a bad and antiquated lighting mix.
To solve this issue, you first need to get rid of those old incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and replace them with LEDs. LEDs last much longer than conventional fixtures and they use less energy. In fact, you can buy a $15 LED entryway ceiling fixture that will last for up to 40 years and doesn’t even contain anything that looks like a conventional light bulb.
After you have switched your light sources to LEDs, get a smart app that will control them. Not only will you be able to turn your apartment lighting on and off from anywhere by using your chosen mobile device, but you will also be able to control light intensities and hues.
Problem: Ancient Thermostat
Your apartment may have a little round thermostat that seems to be
If you take the round cover off, you’ll see a coiled spring possibly attached to a glass bulb that contains mercury. When the spring
If you have one of these, you may think you are technologically current,
Problem: Mechanical Front Door Lock
If the above is your problem, don’t replace it with something that will cause the same issue. What you need is something like this:
Smart programmable entryway systems will allow you to do away with keys and will make it easy for you to change entryway codes from any mobile device.
Problem: Fried Lawn
If your lawn looks in rough shape compared to your neighbors, then
By pairing a sprinkling system with an app on your phone or another mobile device, you will never have to worry again about over-soaking your lawn or not providing enough water. Your smart garden app will continuously check soil moisture and will let your sprinkling system know exactly how much to water and when. Those embarrassing days of watering during a thunderstorm will
Problem: You Left the Coffee Pot On
You may only wish to have a few controllable smart outlets, so there is no need to buy an expensive whole-apartment system — just get as many as you need. When your outlets are in
Problem: You Are Worried about Carbon Monoxide
Get one of the carbon monoxide testers on Amazon and you’ll reap the following benefits:
combinationcarbon monoxide and smoke detector.
It uses a high-tech electrochemical sensor that quickly lets you know that apartment
CO levels are elevated.
It detects real smoke and therefore cuts down on false alarms.
It’s way easy to install!
It will let you instantly know the PPM gas level in your apartment.
Whether you take the plunge and install
Bonus tip: Once you have installed all of your smart systems, you can take one extra step and that is to put them all in the same place in a home automation system. As our friends at