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What’s New in Smart Home Devices

Smart devices are a great way to reduce energy costs, increase efficiency, and allow you to manage your home even when you are not there. This can come in handy, especially during summer vacations, when you don’t want to worry about if you left the garage door open or if the AC is using up too much electricity.

Here are some smart home devices fresh on the market that can help you with the efficiency and safety of your home:

An Updated Smart Thermostat


All smart thermostats come with functionality to set schedules of when to change the temperature and connect to an app, but newly released options offer a slew of other features as well

  • Glas can monitor indoor air quality
  • Glas and Nest can sense when you are away from home and adjust the temperature accordingly
  • Honeywell Home T9 pairs with sensors to monitor temperatures all around your home and can sense where people are in those
  • Glas and Ecobee Smart Thermostat work with voice commands
  • Nest has the most detailed schedule and sensors to control your home’s temperature
  • The Ecobee Smart Thermostat uses sensors to set temperatures based on where people are in the house and integrates with Alexa

Our technicians have experience with all types of thermostats and will be happy to demonstrate how they work.

Smart Lighting

Smart light bulbs are still an investment, but more affordable starter kits are becoming available. Like other smart home options, smart bulbs can save you money in the long term. Phillips Hue is still the biggest name on the scene, with color changing light bulbs that can be synced to Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit, but some new additions offer the ability to set schedules and remotely control brightness. The Sengled Smart LED offers a starter kit, the TP-Link A19 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb does not require a hub but can be synced for voice commands, and the Sealight WiFi LED Smart Light Bulbs offer the aesthetic of Edison bulbs with the convenience of voice commands.

Smart Plugs

Smart Plugs allow you to essentially turn any household gadget into a smart one. These plugs can be controlled from corresponding apps, and many, including the new iHome iSP6X SmartPlug, can be controlled via Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit.

Smart Garage Door Opener

Wouldn’t it be great to never again wonder “Did I leave the garage open?” That is now a reality with WiFi and Bluetooth enabled garage door openers. These devices will allow you to use your phone as the garage door opener and will send you alerts if you left it open, plus you can manage who is allowed in the garage remotely. The top options in this category are: Chamberlain MYQ Openers, GoControl GD00Z-4, MyQ, and GarageGate.

Smart Appliances

Smart Appliances are changing constantly and offer a myriad of different features from allowing you to turn on the stove from your phone to allowing your fridge to make your grocery list. One common thread among these appliances is their energy efficiency. The “smarter” the appliance, the more it adjust energy use based on demand and run more efficiently. Many allow you to have the settings change as you enter and leave your home, so your house is only using energy while you’re actually there. ENERGYSTAR is still the best indicator of smart appliance efficiency.

Wentzel’s Electricians are available to help with all kinds of smart devices to help make your home more confortable.

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