Published On: Tue, Jan 20th, 2015

A Look at 2015’s Coolest Smart Home Gadgets

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Looking to make some “smart” home improvements in 2015? If so, then you might be wondering where to begin. At the same time, you want only the best upgrades for your home. Read on to explore four of the coolest smart home gadgets for the coming year.

The Nest Learning Thermostat

Take the programmable thermostat to the next level with a Nest Learning Thermostat. Starting at just under $230, this smart thermostat helps save you money on your monthly heating and cooling costs by automatically learning your schedule and programming itself accordingly. Of course, you can also manually control the thermostat from your smartphone tablet, or other capable device with the free Nest app.

Not to mention, Nest claims that most buyers can install their own Nest thermostat within 30 minutes — no professional installation needed.

The Stack Alba Smart LED Bulb

Cutting back on your electric bill has never been easier with the Stack Alba Smart LED light bulb, which starts at just $149 for a starter kit that has everything the average homeowner needs. These bulbs come with their own motion detectors, so lights turn on when you enter the room and automatically shut off after you leave to conserve energy.

Furthermore, an ambient light feature is found on the inside of each bulb, so the lights can be dimmed or brightened depending on how much natural light is in the room.

The Chamberlain MyQ Garage Opener

Tired of fumbling around to find that garage door opener remote as you approach your home each night? If so, consider investing in the impressive Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener, which uses geo-fencing technology to actually sense when your car is near your garage and opens the doors for you automatically.

Starting at just $99, this smart garage door opener also comes with a physical remote that allows you to open and close your garage door from anywhere by using your home’s WiFi connection. Another great feature of this smart garage door opener is that even if you have an older garage door make and model, it’s likely to be compatible with this system; and installation takes just a few minutes of your time!

The Kwikset Kevo Smart Home Lock

Why not beef up security at your home in 2015? You can easily do this by installing a Kwikset Kevo Smart Home Lock for just $199. This smart lock comes with a variety of features that’ll make your home safer, including the option to assign your own fingerprint the ability to unlock your door.

Homeowners can also easily assign access through the form of “virtual” keys to other users or members of the household. This can be done either one a permanent or temporary basis. At the same time, the lock itself looks the same as any other traditional exterior home lock.

Consider upgrading aspects of your home with these smart home gadgets. By doing so, you’ll improve both the function and overall value of your home.

For more tips and tricks, please go to Modernize.com.

By Tim Smith

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