I am a lifelong inhabitant of Michigan. I decided to do something therapeutic and write a blogging website. www.inyerself.com
I touch on all subjects but my focus will be on Life Experiences, Technology, Home and Self Improvement.
My Journey for the Ultimate "Smart Home" Part 6
In an earlier post, I spoke of a Smart Door Bell. Sometime back, I had decided to extend the Arlo System I had. I was interested in adding cameras to our house as we had some "incidents" around our last house. In other words, we wanted to keep honest people honest. Having our house monitored seemed to be a good idea as we always seemed to have something happen, and somebody in the neighborhood was looking to see if anyone had footage of an unfortunate event.
My Journey for the Ultimate "Smart Home" Part 5
Our new home purchase came with a belt-driven Liftmaster Garage Door opener with the latest MyQ technology. We had switched from a chain-driven unit without smart capabilities over to a Chamberlain Belt Driven unit with our previous home. To say this was an improvement would be an understatement. While chain-driven had proven reliable over the years, the sound alone was reason to change. Don't get me wrong, chain-driven openers work well and are best for heavy wood doors and oversized 2-car and 3-car garage doors, but the sound is the most significant negative. Some will say the chain-driven units are more economical in cost, and with proper maintenance, the chain will last longer than a belt will. These individuals are correct, but there are many positives to a belt-driven model.
My Journey For the Ultimate "Smart Home" Part 4
Adding to the list of intelligent items within the house would be my use of intelligent lighting. There are many options available to us consumers. I currently use several options from Philips, their Hue branded line of smart lights. I had invested in my last home and quickly replaced all of these bulbs before moving with standard LED lighting. There was no way we would make our move to the new house and not bring these Hue lights.
My Journey for the Ultimate "Smart Home" Part 3
As was the case with our previous home, I wanted to have smart locks installed. I had worked with Kwikset, and it proved to work as advertised. When purchased, it was part of the Amazon Key package. This included a locking system installed on the main door, which would control the deadbolt. A keypad faced out and could assign codes to specific people or family members. As an added bonus, the system would work with Alexa (Through Amazon).
My Journey for the Ultimate "Smart Home"! Part 2
When we moved to the new home, I needed to bring over certain functions and features we had become accustomed to at our old house. One such feature was a Smart Sprinkler Controller. This was one of my later purchases for our previous home, but I could get quite a bit of use out of it throughout the late Spring and Summer of 2020. Through my experience, I found a Smart Sprinkler Controller much easier to use than the old analog Rainbird controller previously installed. Working within a phone application was much more straightforward, with many more options for water control.
The Highs & Lows of Crowdfunding Part 1
Crowdfunding was always appealing to me, as it was exciting to see what technological ideas someone could bring to the market based on monies invested by Joe Public. Someone could build a better mousetrap, market the item themselves on sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, and people like myself could buy in. Generally speaking, you could buy in with a "contribution to the project at a discounted amount to receive one of the first units off the production line. There was always the option of just donating to the cause with a few dollars, and you could feel good about being an original backer.
My Journey for the Ultimate "Smart Home" Part 1
I am not here to plug any specific items, and I don't receive kickbacks from what I describe herein. My primary purpose is to tell what I have and what I felt was needed to make my current home "smart." In addition, I am hoping I can provide helpful advice and information. I have accumulated various experiences when making my last house a smart home and then bringing the smartness to our new home.
Dark Hardwood Floors? It Seemed Like a Good Idea
One of the most beautiful features of our new home was the hardwood flooring on the main level. My wife and I were instantly sold based on this feature alone. While carpeting is excellent for sound deadening and warmth insulation, it also brings with it certain disadvantages. Given that each member in the house has some allergy, the carpeting is detrimental because it holds dust, dirt, and mites. I never cease to be amazed by how much our vacuum pulls from the carpeting after a cleaning. Couple that with a good scrub using a water-based carpet scrubber and the dirt continues to flow. I remove the dirty water container, and the muddy water is enough to make us want hardwood floors throughout the house.
The Highs & Lows of Crowdfunding! Part 3
Thinking more significantly, I wanted to contribute once again to a couple of larger ticket items. I had some minor success and now seemed like the right time to branch out once again. Given my recent interest in E-Bikes, an opportunity came upon me which checked several boxes of "wants" by myself.
The Highs & Lows of Crowdfunding! Part 2
My next contribution seemed to be well justified and founded. My wife had bought me a gift for my office, which I loved. The item was an aquarium named Ecoqube C. I loved the idea of having a small, ultra-low maintenance aquarium for my office. It proved to be a friendly habitat for a Betta fish and home for a small basil plant. When the Ecoqube C+ was announced on Indiegogo, I was instantly sold. It promised everything of the previous model, but a larger tank and more plants could be grown.
Vandalism Peppered With a Side of Untimely Car Maintenance!
Last week was quite the experience in our household. The adage, when it rains, it pours is an understatement with regards to the setbacks my wife and I experienced. For the sake of this article, I will keep it focused on the automotive issues we both had in such a short time frame.
It's Time for a Change and a New Home!
I rushed through the closing process, but it is essential to point out the need for documentation and the loan company's amount of back and forth. As was explained to me, the pandemic had made it much harder to get a loan these days. Loan companies were less apt to approve a loan given such rampant unemployment rates caused by the pandemic. Documentation, or lack thereof, made it much harder to get approved. If there are any deficiencies with the paperwork, it will red flag the loan company. It was almost a daily occurrence where our loan officer would look for additional information, documentation, explanations, etc.