I don’t know about you, but it’s getting hot where I live. As I was sitting on the beach with a few friends this past weekend, we were reminiscing about the days when there use to be heaps of snow in the winter and mild summer evenings in July and August.
Now, say what you will about global warming, but 2014 was the warmest year on record worldwide – and 2005–2014 was the warmest decade on record since thermometer-based observations began. It’s clear that our planet is only increasing in temperature (that’s a whole other blog post…) and we need to figure out ways to beat the heat fast.
When it comes to smart products, there are a ton of products that can do the trick to help beat the heat. And when it comes to tips and tricks for selecting these smart products, there are plenty of those, too.
Beating the heat with smart devices can make your life so much easier, so here’s…
Why You Need It
Why should you use smart products to beat the heat, you ask? Easy. Smart products that connect with your smartphone make it so much easier to prepare your home (you know, making it cool) while you’re on your way home from work. Instead of leaving your AC on all day, for example, you can set it to turn off when you leave your home and use an associated app to turn it back on as you’re driving home from the office. And this is just one example. You need smart products to beat the heat because it’ll make your life so much easier.
So when you’re having the same epiphany as I did while I was on the beach with friends this past weekend, remember this blog post – and read on for ways to beat the heat with smart devices.
Install a Wi-Fi air conditioner in your home.
Having a Wi-Fi air conditioner allows you to turn your system on and off, even when you’re away from home.
I use a Wi-Fi air conditioning system in my home because I hate wasting energy (and money). Using a Wi-Fi air conditioner, you can control when you’re using the product and turn it off, even when you’re away from home. It allows you only to control your air conditioning when you need it.
I use my system when I’m on my way home from work. I dislike sleeping with it on, so I typically turn it off at night (unless it’s super hot). Since my apartment faces the sun as it’s setting, it can get super hot in the evening – so when I’m driving home from the office, I turn on the device using my smartphone.
Below are some options you can use at home:
Install a Wi-Fi fan you can control from other rooms.
Fans that can be controlled from other rooms will allow you to turn your fan on/off with ease.
Ceiling fans are for those (like myself, sometimes) who dislike having air conditioning on all the time. There are some people who can have respiratory issues with AC, especially if they’re in or around it frequently. You know those people who always get sick on air planes or in hotels rooms? It’s often because of too much AC.
So, for those of us who want to turn their home into a smart home and beat the heat with smart devices, but don’t want to use AC frequently, smart Wi-Fi fans are for you. Look for a fan that comes with an associated app or a remote control so you can monitor and control your product from other rooms.
Below are some great products on the market:
Schedule cooling when you need it most.
Smart thermostats allow users to control the temperature of their home right from their smartphone.
In my area of the continent, temperature can turn on the fly. I’ve once gone to bed on a gorgeous night, with the sun setting brilliantly, only to wake-up and find that the beautiful night turned to thundershowers and lighting as a I was sleeping.
This same thing can happen while you’re gone during the day, or perhaps when you’re away for days at a time. And when this happens, you want the ability the control the temperature of your home on the fly.
That’s why smart thermostats are so great. They allow you to control the temperatures of your room and home right from an associated smartphone app.
Below are some of my picks:
Turn off your lights while you’re out of the home.
Lighting generates a ton of excess heat, so turning them off while you’re away will normalize the temperature in your home.
Could you imagine having the ability to turn on and off your lighting while you’re away from home? For example, if you’re at work and you think you might have forgotten to turn off your bedroom lighting, wouldn’t it be great if you could check the status from the comfort of your smartphone?
Many of us forget how much heat a light bulb emits. If you’re using a traditional incandescent bulb, it (on average) produces about 2 watts of light and 98 watts of heat for a 100 watt bulb. (That’s pretty bad).
By using a light bulb that can be turned on and off while you’re away, you’ll save energy and overall heat emission.
Below are some of my favorite smart light bulbs:
Control your room blinds without manual effort.
Controlling your blinds through your smartphone (or a remote control) gives you the ability to manage the temperature of various rooms in your home, dependent on the sunlight.
I was always taught to keep my windows and blinds open at night, then close them during the daytime when the sun got too warm. I thought it might have been an old wive’s tale that my Mother tried to pass down until I grew up, got my own place and realized the hard way that she was right.
Now, I can have the option of controlling my blinds through my smartphone or a remote control because of brand new smart products on the market. They’re pretty fantastic as some (like the Somfy above) can control your window coverings, awnings, screens and rolling shutters with a smartphone or tablet.
Below are similar products on the market:
Always have a cold one (wink, wink) nearby.
Measures the intake of liquids.
Dehydration can cause headaches, tiredness and loss of concentration – and it can also normalize your internal body functions. It’s so important to good health, and it’s even more important to maintain overall daily hydration. That’s why having water nearby at all times is necessary. Personally, I keep a water bottle with me all day – from my office to my car, and multiple while I’m at the gym.
Brita has a great new product called the Infinity Smart Filter. When using this product, Amazon will know when you need a new filter and automatically order it online.
Stay connected with your fridge to make ice.
Smart refrigerators and devices give you the ultimate control in smart functionality, letting you manage groceries, family connection and more from your smartphone.
Staying connected with your refrigerator or other ‘cold’ products and devices allow you to keep your items cool in the long summer months – like water, ice, juices, icicles and more.
Smart refrigerators were all the rage at CES 2016, and companies like Samsung are expecting that these will become mainstream in the next few years. While they hold a heavy price tag and are quite limited in quantity at this time, I’m excited to see where this smart home industry goes in the next while.
Below are some of the smart refrigerators on the market:
Now, I don’t mean to scare you – but since 1901, the average surface temperature across the US States has risen at an average rate of 0.13°F per decade. That’s pretty scary, but what it really means is that, not only do we need to pay more attention to warming than ever, we need to consider how to keep ourselves cool in the long, hot summers.
With the number of smart products increasing month over month, we’re certainly paying more attention to energy efficiency and our overall well-being, which means that now is the time to consider trying and testing smart devices to beat the heat before they become more mainstream in nature.
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