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Got pets and kids? Check Out These 3 Air Purifiers to Keep Your Home’s Air Clean

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An air purifier does what your air conditioning and vacuuming can’t do – take the extra step to remove all possible particles from the air in your house. Whether your vacuum cleaner is kicking up a little bit too much dust from your carpet, or you need to get rid of as many allergens as possible for an asthma condition, these beauties can help out. If you’re looking for the top air purifiers of 2017, then we’ve got the list you need to see!

These standalone models (as opposed to units installed in your HVAC system) tend to work best when placed in a large living room or bedroom where they have access to the most air. We tend to prefer “mechanical” air purifiers, which use physical filters to “strain” the air and remove the smallest particles possible. Of course, that’s only a small part of the story, so let’s take a look at our top picks and the features that set them apart.

Honeywell HPA300 – $194

Top Air Purifiers

Honeywell’s slim and affordable model is an excellent air filtration device for those who have never had a purifier before and want to try one out. Not only is the price reasonable, but it comes with several different filtration options which can clean the air in a room up to 5 times each hour. In addition to HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtration to remove even extra-small particles, this model also has a carbon filter, which can help remove annoying smells. It comes with plenty of different modes and timers too, allowing you to set the speed and schedule when the air purifiers will come on so you don’t have to remember every single day.

Perhaps best of all, the unit also provide on-screen filter replacement reminders. Since a dirty filter will both slow down a purifier and ruin its primary objective, these replacement reminders are important – and useful!

Note: Always pay close attention to the size ratings for models like these. This Honeywell is designed for rooms around 465 square feet, a great size for a bedroom or a similar space. However, keep in mind that air purifiers do make a little noise (thankfully, these newer models are pretty quiet) so make sure you can sleep with one in the room.

HealthMate Standard HM-400 – $539

Here’s a big jump in price for a much larger, more powerful air purifier, designed for buyers who know what they’re doing and want a system that can handle air throughout the house more easily…as long as it fits in the budget.

This filter is also an excellent pick for the health conscious. It has four different stages, which doesn’t make it the fastest purifier around, but certainly one of the most thorough for those who really need certain particles gone. The first two stages remove large and medium-sized particles as a warm up. The third stage is a 15-pound filter of activated carbon and zeolite to take care of odors – a very effective way of removing smoke or cooking smells from an area. The fourth stage is a certified HEPA filter that removes most particles that are larger than 0.3 microns for a final cleaning.

With 360-degree intake, you’ll want to keep this model away from walls to increase its efficiency. It has three speed settings based on your goals, but all three are very effective. In fact, this model can make an excellent commercial option for businesses or contractors if necessary.

Coway AP-1512HH – $230

This Coway model has a bit of a different design for those who like purifiers with more technology and eco-saving capabilities. It, too, has four stages of filtration, although they are different from the HealthMate stages: There’s a pre-filter, a carbon filter, a true HEPA filter, and then a “vital ION” filter. That ion filter is an interesting addition: It uses an ionized plate to attract particles – much like static – and trap them on the surface, an extra type of filtration that works well for larger, non-organic particles.

There’s also Energy Star features that can help you save money – and the time you may spend fiddling with settings. The auto mode is particularly useful, since it adjusts air flow speed based on how many particles the unit is pulling out of the air. If the unit goes for 30 minutes without detecting many particles, then it will shut off to conserve energy.

Why You Need a Smart Video Doorbell Right Now

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You may think that a smart video doorbell is a little too much, but nah it’s exactly what modern families need right now. With home invasion arising, you can stay safe and avoid one with a smart video doorbell. Here’s how it can help you and your family.

It gives you security and convenience

The primary purpose of video doorbells is to keep you safe by knowing who is at the door. Smart doorbells can do this with matching convenience. You can see and talk to your visitor on your smartphone when you’re too lazy (or scared) to go to the door. You can do the same thing even if you’re in the office or out on a vacation too.

Don’t worry, most smart doorbells only have a one-way camera so you can keep your privacy and you don’t give away your location. Other doorbells like the Ring Pro has motion sensors, which when trigerred can capture video in HD.

It makes a great tandem with other smart home devices

This is probably one of the best things about smart video doorbells. They can communicate to your other smart security devices to reinforce home security. Our classic example is the August Doorlock and Video Doorbell. You can open the door for your visitor right on your smartphone when you need to.

Another combo is the smart video doorbell with the front porch light. You can program your doorbell with motion sensor and your smart light through IFTTT or you can get the Zmodo Torch Pro, which is a smart video doorbell and a porch light in one.

It lessens the chances of package theft

Package theft is becoming a major concern for most homeowners, especially during the Holiday season when the gift delivery volume is quite high. With a smart video doorbell that can work with your doorlock (like August), you can keep your packages secure by asking the delivery guy to leave the package inside your house instead of just leaving it at your door.

Smart video doorbells actually offer more than convenience and sassy technology; it’s actually helpful in a real big way.

[Read the Best Smart WiFi Doorbells for 2017]

Give the New Year an Epic Welcome With These Smart Technology

Give the New Year an Epic Welcome With These Smart Technology

Saying goodbye to a year that was and embracing a new one for all its new potential calls for a grand celebration. It’s a milestone that almost everyone on earth is looking forward to.

When the alcohol starts to flow and with everybody going crazy, it’s highly likely that give in to the moment and end up tending a hangover and finding lost keys on January first.

Smart tech is here to help you prep up so you’ll have a fun New Year’s Eve and an easy, carefree morning after.

Fancy up the mood 

People usually start with low energy during parties, but you can ease everyone in (especially if friends of friends are coming along and not everybody know each other) by setting up the mood first. Dim the lights and let your Philips Hue do its thing: popping colors of fun everywhere! And don’t forget to fill the room with music. There are fancy speakers which can double as conversation starters like the Crazybaby Levitating Speaker and the Yantouch Diamond Speaker and Light.

Break the ice

In breaking the ice, there’s nothing more effective than alcohol. It loosens up even the most uptight person in the room. Nope, you don’t need to hire a bartender this time. He needs to party too. Quickly chill a bottle of wine that you have just bought the last minute with Waring Wine Chiller. Or get the Somabar or the Smart Bartending to mix your favorite cocktails the whole night through.

Keep memories 

There’s nothing more disappointing than realizing you have no memory or battery when taking the most important pictutes. Make sure this doesn’t happen again by having a full-charged power bank with you. And in case your friends forget to charge theirs, be safe and bring the Juno Powerbank with 13,000mAh. It’s powerful enough to charge a couple of smartphones a couple of times.

And for the perfect New Year’s Eve selfie even in low light, get your selfie lights ready! You can go for the Cynux spotlight that’s clippable on your smartphone or the light stick that can cover more area for a groufie.

Keep safe

Don’t drink and drive. A car crash or being temporarily detained isn’t exactly a great start for the year. So, bring a portable breath analyzer with you. Check on yourself and your friends too. Wait until you’re sober before you hit the road.

Have a breezy morning

All the late-night partying might give you temporary memory loss. You might find yourself tensed the moment you wake up because you can’t find your car keys or your wallet or whatever. Attach a Tile on your valuables so you’ll know where they are when you can’t seem to find them.
And, of course, help yourself to a cup of coffee the moment you wakeup. Make your smart coffee maker brew a cup or carafe. Waking up to the smell of coffee will be the perfect way to start the first day of the new year.

Have a blast this New Year’s Eve and an even happier day ahead!

[New Year’s Eve Tech Gadgets To Help You Celebrate]

 

Building a Smart Home? Start With These Easy Gadgets.

So you’re thinking of making your house smart? Great decision! Going smart will give you convenience and peace of mind. It will also give you more time to spend on things that actually matter.

For new smart home converts, we always encourage you to start with light and simple automation. Easy always does it. Get a thorough primer of what it’s like to have a smart home without the hardcore installation first.

In fact, we have compiled a list of easy products which can easily transform your house into a smart one. Here are some.

Light switches

You can still keep your old “dumb” switch. Just place the Switchmate Smart Light Switch on top of it and you can already control it on your smartphone. It uses magnetic forces to attach and is ready to use. You can also replace your “dumb” switch with Wi-Fi switches from WeMo and TP-Link if you like.

Smart sockets

As for making your lights smart, use the smart sockets from Emberlight, iDevices, and LampChamp. Just plug in your “dumb” incandescent, CFL or LED bulbs into these sockets and viola, you got yourself an instant automated lighting system.

Smart plugs 

Smart plugs are smart home staples that turn almost all your electronic devices smart! Just plug in your lamp, TV, hair iron (which you always forget to turn off before you go) or any other devices and schedule their switching times on your smartphone.

Sounds easy, right? Converting your home into a smart one is not that complicated. Don’t be too overwhelmed. Join the smart home revolution easily with our suggested devices above.

Want to know more details about these products?

[Learn More About These Smart Wireless Solutions Products]

Smart Products Are Not Just For Us — They’re For Our Pets Too!

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Come on humans, our fur babies only deserve the best! Let us not deprive them of the cool benefits of using smart products.

When we think about it, they do need these things because: 1.) We leave them at home alone and sad on most days. 2.) They’re the superstars in our lives and we can’t bear to see them sad, don’t we?

Why don’t you get your pets a little smart something this Christmas? Here are some cool pet gift ideas.

Cameras That Dispenses Treats

Aside from keeping you connected with your dog during your lunch breaks at work, pet cameras like the Petzi Treat Cam can dispense treats to your pets when you’re away. Keep them happy and watch them catch the treats. Snap a photo for memories too.

Fitness Trackers

Surprised? See, it’s not only you who need Fitbit. Track your pet’s health and make sure that they get enough exercise by making them wear FitBark. You can easily share the data with your vet so you can keep them at their top shape.

Smart Toys That Keep Them Active

During playtime, I bet it’s you who always run out of breath first. Well, there are smart toys that can let your pets play to their hearts’ content! The Petcube comes with a laser pointer which you can program. Another one is iFetch; it lets your dog play catch the whole day if they want to. These toys are best if you want to keep your dogs active, but you lack the time to regularly walk or play with them.

Give your pets any of these smart products and get a lick!

[Browse smart toys for your pets]

What You’ll Love About the Sense Sleep Tracker 2nd Generation

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Sense is one of the tech Cinderella stories that was brought to life through Kickstarter. It’s this modern-looking ball that you place on your beside table to analyze your sleep.

It’s also one of the popular and well-received creations that it has already launched a newer model this year. Here’s what you’ll love about the Sense 2nd Gen.

Your favorite features, retained

It’s still the sleep-tracking ball the we have come to adore. No trackers to wear, just a tiny button to attach to your pillow. You’ll wake up to insights about your sleep — quality of sleep, disturbances, environment conditions, and the likes.

Now works with voice control

Staring at your smartphone screen before sleeping ain’t healthy. The 2nd geWith voice control, you can deal with bedtime rituals without looking at your smartphone. Just say “Sense, wake me up at 8 am.” or ask “Sense, how is my sleep last night?” and you’re good.

More sensors, more capabilities

The old sense measures light, tempertaure, humidity, noise, and air quality, but the 2nd generation can measure more. It can analyze UV levels, light temperature, barometric pressure, and volatile organic compounds, all of which can affect your sleep too.

Plus, it can now integrate with your other smart home gadgets like the Nest thermostat and Philips Hue Lights. Ask Sense to dim the lights or to start warming the room just before you wake up.

Longer battery life

The battery of the first pill, which is the sensor that you attach to your pillow, lasts for about a year. The new one can last up to over 2 times longer.

These improvements are just going to make us love Sense more, right?

[More about Sense 2nd Gen]

3 Reasons Why the Philips Lightstrip Makes a Better Home Decor

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Philips Hue Lights have been smart home favorites because they’re easy-to-use and they make your home beautiful in a click of a switch (or at the command of your voice)!

The lightstrips are the variety which is the most interesting because you can play with light in ways that you can never do with the good old bulbs. We’ve rounded up a few reasons why you’ll want to have the Philips Lightstrips as your home decor from now on.

They give your home an instant (sometimes, unconventional) makeover.

A little light here and there and your home will look like a set from a sci-fi movie or, if done elegantly, a cozy space from a posh hotel. A neon blue light outline underneath your bed. Color wash on your walls. Lit-up stairs for home parties.

The magnitude of a lightstrip’s effect is huge, yet the effort that it takes in installing one is nothing to worry about.

It also doesn’t matter what your current decor or home style is. The lightstrips is capable of projecting over 16 million colors and a thousand shades of white.

They’re low maintenance.

First, the lights are LEDs. We all know how efficient and long-lasting they are. They consume little power and can last for as long as 50,000 hours or 5.7 years. That is, if you left them on for the whole 24 hours. They can even last longer if you use them for a few hours per day.

When it comes to cleaning, all you need is just a cloth to get the dust off. Compare cleaning the lightstrips to a chandelier or an intricate piece of furniture. You get the picture, right?

Functionality-wise, they deliver.

The Philip Lighstrips ain’t just pretty to look at. They can be smart too. Switch them on remotely before you get home or ask Siri to set them to a party mood. You can even make them pulse with the beat. Or create an IFTTT recipe to flash your football team’s colors everytime they score.

There you have it. For convenience and effortless style, it’s wise go for the Philips Lightstrips. We also got more ideas on how to use it at your own home.

[Browse Ideas on How to Use the Philips Lightstrips]

3 Totally Lit Smart Bulbs That Work With IFTTT

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The easiest way for anybody to get started with building a smart home is through the lights. They’re the easiest to setup and some don’t even need a hub — just the bulbs, a decent Wi-Fi connection, and your smartphone.

To take your lighting a little further, you can turn to IFTTT (If This, Then That) for no-sweat integration. You can set schedules, dim the lights automatically, and switch them on a couple of minutes before you get home. Here are 3 totally lit smart bulbs that have ready-to-use IFTTT recipes for you to use.

Philips Hue

We’re starting with the most popular bulbs, the Hue. The IFTTT recipes for Hue include turning the lights on/off at certain times, during sunsets or when you get home; switching the colors to blue when it rains outside; making the colors loop when you feel like it, and dimming down the lights.

WeMo Lights

You can find practical recipes on IFTTT for WeMo like switching the bulbs on and off when you get home or when it’s raining outside or track the bulb’s energy usage in your Google Drive. But there are fun uses too! You can make the bulb dim a little bit when you get an email from your SO or get notified of your favorite football team’s score with your WeMo bulbs.

LIFX Bulbs

LIFX probably has the most number of available IFTTT recipes online and they range from practical to smart-home interactive to the unnecessary, but charming.

As expected, there are recipes that turn on the lights on/off when you arrive/leave, fade the lights so you wake up gently in the morning, and flash the lights when your doorbell rings. Then, there are fun recipes which make the bulbs blink when you’re mentioned on Twitter or Facebook. Or recipes that make the bulb flash your team’s colors everytime they score!

You can get any of these bulbs, but in case you want the bulbs with the most number of available IFTTT integrations (the LIFX bulbs), you can get one at a $15 discount with the code LIFX15.

[Get $15 Off on LIFX Color Bulb]

How to Spot the Best Robot Vacuum Deals This Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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If you are on the fence about robotic vacuum cleaners, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the push that you need. There are really steep deals on this tech line because they’re well-loved. Who wouldn’t love a little robot doing all the dirty job for you?

Before you go randomly picking which robotic vacuum is the best one for you, here are some tips:

There are budget-friendly ones.

If budget seems a bit tight, you can score decent varieties under $200 which has the basic functions like automated scheduling and cleaning settings. Good canditates for these include the ILIFE V3, Rollibot BL100, and Infinuvo QQ-2.

Know how you’re going to use it.

Like a responsible adult, ask yourself first what’s your purpose of buying a vaccum. Got furry friends who constantly shed? The iRoomba 860 has special extractors which prevent the machine from clogging. Got a pool to clean? The iRobot Mirra will save you costs on professional pool cleanings.

Notice the features and compare the price difference.

Take for instance the iRoomba 980 and the 960. The first one runs up to 120 minutes and has a carpet boost feature. The 960 only runs for 75 minutes and lacks the carpet boost feature. Sounds like the iRoomba 980 is a better buy, right? But if you’re living in a small apartment with absolutely no carpets to clean, go for the iRobot 960 and save yourself the extra $200.

You still have time to do your research and know which robotic vacuum will cater you best.

[Which Robotic Vacuum is Right For You?]