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Smart gadgets for best home temperature/cost balance

Winter time can become a pricey affair when it comes to keeping the indoors at a comfortable temperature. Making some adjustments to the construction of your home is one way to keep you from overusing electricity due to heating.

Then there are some lifestyle changes that you can make to minimize the heating usage, but if you want to move around comfortably in your home without freezing then heating is crucial in areas with a low climate.

Luckily today, technology has come a long way to ensure that homes are heated efficiently. There are many smart gadgets out there that can help you contain the right temperature inside your home with efficiency being the primary focus.

Smart thermostats

Plenty of Smart thermostats are already available on the market.

One of them is called the Nest Thermostat E. This smart gadget will pick up on your daily routine and will automatically adjust the temperature of your home during the times when you are there. Of course, you have manual control as well which allows you to remotely regulate the temperature of your home from an app on your phone. Adjustments can also be made by your voice when you have Google Home or Amazon Echo. Such a device can set you back $169 while the original Nest costs almost double. The Nest E have the same features as the original Nest. The outer ring of the Nest E is made of plastic that feels like ceramic and therefore it is cheaper, unlike the original Nest which is made of metal.  However, the Nest E is only compatible with about 85% of homes due to its fewer wire connections.

The Nest thermostat also comes with a heat pump balance feature. This can be used in homes with a heat pump and auxiliary heat. This feature allows you to set your comfort and savings preferences by choosing how much auxiliary heat to use.

Smart Vents

Keen Home has Smart vents available that are rigged with sensors. These sensors are for temperature and pressure control. The installation needs to be made in the vents all throughout the house. Once installed you need to make sure to alert it when you are in the room so that the sensors can build a profile of that specific room. The vents will automatically, according to the profile, open and close when needed or you can control and monitor them via an app. Because vents will be closed during certain hours in individual rooms, a lot of energy is being saved. The smart app is easy to function manually because the user can make adjustments by choosing the color temperature they need instead of degrees in numbers. The average home might need 4 to 6 vents that goes for about $80 to 90 dollars per vent.

Weather Sensor

The Eve Degree is a weather sensor that measures humidity, temperature, and atmospheric pressure. It is tiny, water-resistant device, made of an attractive anodize aluminum case. The setup is quite easy as you only need to turn it on and download the Elgato Eve app. Once downloaded, you just point the camera of your iPhone at the code printed on the bottom. It can be used indoors or outdoors. The temperature can be check remotely through the Eve app or the Home app on an Apple device. Or if you prefer to speak to Siri, just ask her what the temperature in the living room is.

Applying smart gadgets to your home to make your home more energy efficient is an excellent choice if you want to cut heating expenses and make life more comfortable for yourself. Smart gadgets are designed with eco-friendliness in mind so at the same time you are keeping things green.

As products evolve and become easier to find on the market, they are getting less expensive, but even if you opt for the more expensive gadget on the market, you can rest assured that in many cases you are paying for quality and you would properly benefits in greater savings over the long run.

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