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5 Elements of a Truly Healthy Home Exterior
You can take steps to make the exterior of your home healthier for you and the environment. Image: Digitized House.

5 Elements of a Truly Healthy Home Exterior

While there’s usually a lot of talk regarding the interiors of our homes, not much is being said about their exteriors. However, in as much as a beautiful interior is something all of us strive to achieve, the exterior of our homes is equally important. …

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Preventing Environmental Hazards with Connected Home Tech
Smart home tech, such as the Nest Protect Smoke + CO Alarm shown here, can enable real-time detection and alerts for smoke and carbon monoxide events in the home. Image: Nest.

Preventing Environmental Hazards with Connected Home Tech

Americans spend an average of 90% of their time inside, where pollutants can be up to five times more concentrated than they are outside, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These pollutants, such as mold or carbon monoxide (CO), pose health risks ranging…

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8 Workout Gadgets for Your Smart Home Gym
Looking to smarten your workouts? The Tacx Flow Smart Indoor Bike Trainer connects with smartphone apps while it simulates a cycling experience. Image: Tacx.

8 Workout Gadgets for Your Smart Home Gym

You can buy smart, connected home products to complement the rooms where you entertain guests or engage in much-needed relaxation, so why not invest in them for your workout space, too? These eight products will get you off to a good start in the quest…

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Can Apple and iOS 12 Help Cure Smartphone Addiction?
New in iOS 12, Screen Time is an effort by Apple help alert users to potential smartphone addiction. Image: Angelique Emonet on Unsplash | Apple.

Can Apple and iOS 12 Help Cure Smartphone Addiction?

If you were asked where and how you’re reading this article, what would you say? It’s likely that many of you could have—or did—stumble upon this article while browsing the internet on your smartphone. Like a lot of people, you’ve probably had moments where you…

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10 Smart Tech Tools for Devoted Dog Owners
Smart tech products like the iRobot Roomba vacuum will help keep dogs happy and their owners smiling. Image: iRobot.

10 Smart Tech Tools for Devoted Dog Owners

Tech isn’t just for humans. Dogs can enjoy the benefits of today’s technology too! There are tech gadgets available to help you keep your pups safe and healthy as well as many that will be fun for both the human and his or her best…

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Infographic: Passive Housing | A Smarter Way of Living 

Passive housing is fast becoming one of the most sought-after types of accommodation as homeowners realize the energy-saving (and indeed bill-reducing) and sustainability potential of this fascinating concept. In a passive house, a steady, comfortable temperature is maintained in every room, so you won’t go…

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Smart Solutions to Accelerate Garden Growth
Robotic mowers can be a big time saver in your landscape, giving you more time to tend to the garden. Image: Husqvarna.

Smart Solutions to Accelerate Garden Growth

Having a garden is one of the biggest joys a nature enthusiast can have in their lives. You get to hand pick the little plants you want to raise in your yard and take pride in raising them well into their blooming stages. The trick…

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How Smart Homes Can Help Improve Quality of Life
Connected homes can be much more than technology showcases. When smartly outfitted, they can help improve our quality of life.

How Smart Homes Can Help Improve Quality of Life

Today’s increasingly popular smart home technologies impress the neighbors and make us marvel at how far innovations have come in the last decade or so. However, these gadgets do more than just provide bragging rights and give fascination. They can also offer a much broader…

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Infographic: Energy Efficient Home | The Basics
The infographic Energy Efficient Home: The Basics goes far behind the basics of building an energy efficient dwelling. Scroll into it below. Image: Blinds 2 Go.

Infographic: Energy Efficient Home | The Basics

In a comprehensive infographic on the green or high-performance home, the creative and editorial team behind the Energy Efficient Home: The Basics infographic below have most assuredly gone far beyond the basics. From our colleagues at the UK-based company Blinds 2 Go, the illustration covers…

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4 Indoor Air Quality Monitors for a Healthier Smart Home
As the adage goes, you can't manage what you can't measure. That rings true in your home, where smart devices like the uHoo can help you measure and then improve air quality. Image: uHoo.

4 Indoor Air Quality Monitors for a Healthier Smart Home

Do you often wonder why you sneeze a lot indoors or find your allergies flaring up? It could be because there’s room for improvement regarding your home’s interior air quality. There are smart home accessories for almost everything, including those that monitor air quality. Here are…

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Control bath humidity with a medium-tech digital fan timer
Designed to replace standard toggle or rocker wall switches, the Eaton Aspire Preset Timer Switch works splendidly with bath fans. Image: Digitized House Media.

Control bath humidity with a medium-tech digital fan timer

As homes are designed and built to be more air tight, mechanical ventilation becomes a necessity. Once a bastion of high-performance green homes, mechanical ventilation systems have made their way into the spec sheets for many production builders. But even in homes with whole-house automated…

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10 Smart Works with Nest Gadgets That Go Easy on Your Budget
The Google Home Mini speaker offers broad voice activation compatibility with Nest and Works with Nest products. Image: Digitized House Media.

10 Smart Works with Nest Gadgets That Go Easy on Your Budget

So you’ve invested in some Nest-branded smart home products and want to make your abode even more connected. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to meet your goal. Get started with this helpful list of 10 budget-friendly gadgets from various companies that offer…

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Austin Cool House Tour 2018 a study in smart design
Carter Design Associates and Tensegrity, LLC, exterior shading. Image: Leonid Furmansky.

Austin Cool House Tour 2018 a study in smart design

For residents of Austin, Texas, the 22nd annual Cool House Tour is an opportunity to take in the latest in high-performance residential architecture, encompassing both new construction and remodels across single- and multi-family configurations. These are, well, cool houses that incorporate smart design from the…

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6 Ways to Keep Your Connected Home Safe
Hello, Google. Can you tell me how safe my connected home is? Image: Bence Boros.

6 Ways to Keep Your Connected Home Safe

Not long ago, most people had barely heard of smart home gadgets. Now, they’re in households around the world. However, any high-tech accessory—even an extremely intelligent one—is at risk of infiltration by hackers. You can keep your gadgets and your abode safer with some simple,…

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Video: TreeHouse + Nest Launch Deep Smart Home Installation Services
TreeHouse + Nest smart home builder app. Image: Digitized.House.

Video: TreeHouse + Nest Launch Deep Smart Home Installation Services

https://youtu.be/imi_rGhXjoU Fast-growing green home improvement company TreeHouse has just upped the ante in smart homes, forging an industry-first partnership with connected home juggernaut Nest to offer deep smart home accessory installation services through its Austin and Dallas locations. At the launch of the new services…

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Whirlwind view: AIA Austin Homes Tour 2017
Design: Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture. Image: Leonid Furmansky.

Whirlwind view: AIA Austin Homes Tour 2017

Featuring 13 residential properties in and around metropolitan Austin, Texas, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Austin Home Tour 2017 highlights leading-edge architectural projects that have been ideated, designed, and built specifically for the unique needs of the homeowners occupying them. In this 31st annual edition…

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TreeHouse opens its emerald aisles to Dallas
TreeHouse Dallas opens its doors.

TreeHouse opens its emerald aisles to Dallas

The antithesis of the typical big-box home improvement store, green retailer TreeHouse officially opened its doors in metropolitan Dallas on June 2, in a groundbreaking new building designed out of the gate to produce more energy than it consumes. But achieving the goal of being…

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Austin green gems: 2017 Cool House Tour venue preview
Image courtesy of Leonid Furmansky + Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture.

Austin green gems: 2017 Cool House Tour venue preview

The month of June in the city of Austin, Texas, can be blistering hot, as the sometimes-moderate temperatures of spring yield to an often-oppressive summer climate where the thermometer can climb toward or inch beyond the century mark. And it is no coincidence that the Cool…

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