Smart Home Gifts for Dad

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Smart home gifts to grow dad’s connected castle

Do you know a dad that is interested in starting or growing his connected castle? The connected home category is expanding rapidly which makes it easy to find a thoughtful smart home gift for every type of dad. Explore the variety of home automation products that speak directly to some of the challenging roles and personas that many dads have to assume.

Smart Home Gifts for Every Type of Dad

The Protective Pop

Smart home security cameras with property live feeds, video doorbells and smart locks that send alerts when someone enters and exits make the perfect smart home gift for the watchful dad who wants to keep a close eye on his home and family. Connected carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms can also warn dad to a potential danger at home.

The Frugal Father

The idea of a connected home appeals to many dads but for the frugal father, the reality of the often expensive price of entry does not. Ideal smart home gifts that appeals to this type of dad are ones that A.) didn’t cost you too much to purchase and B.) will actually save him money the more he uses it. Adding a Wi-Fi thermostat to the home is a good first step in maximizing energy savings and increasing HVAC system efficiency. Home energy savings will soon be apparent as he won’t be needlessly cooling or heating the home while on family vacations or away at the endless stream of lessons, practices, games and recitals. The Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat is one of the more affordable Wi-Fi thermostats on the market so frugal fathers won’t freak out.

(Click here to learn about the perks of a modern Wi-Fi thermostat.) 

The Green Guardian

For the “Look at my lawn!” dad, smart home irrigation hubs can help to control water usage by automating watering cycles using weather insight and seasonal trends. Individual plant sensors also make a great connected home gift for the green thumb guardian who needs a little more help with keeping plants alive.

The Dapper Dad

Amazon Echo is the quintessential gift for the dapper dad that likes to show off and look good. When he brags to his friends that he can control his thermostat or home lighting, order online gifts, or even get his daily news with a simple voice command…he just looks cool. As a parent, the opportunity to look cool doesn’t happen often. It’s the smart home gift that will keep on giving.


HVAC Decorating Mistakes

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Don’t make these common holiday HVAC decorating mistakes

The holiday season is here which means many of us will start to unpack the ribbons, wreaths, lights and other decorations to adorn our homes with festive cheer. But before you start decking your halls, be sure that your joyous aesthetics aren’t jeopardizing your home comfort, your HVAC equipment or your energy bill! Read on to make sure you aren’t making these holiday HVAC decorating mistakes.

Don’t cover the thermostat

Pinterest is not your friend. All of those pretty posts with DIY project details on how to cover your thermostat could be jeopardizing your home comfort and your energy bill. Your thermostat is designed to be exposed so it can accurately gauge the temperature of your home.

Don’t heat up the thermostat

Keep those sparkly lights far away from your thermostat. Exposing a thermostat to a heat source can cause false readings. This may prevent your HVAC equipment from running when it should, or may cause it to cool when it should be heating which could lead to equipment or other home damages. For the same reason, you shouldn’t have your thermostat near windows with direct sunlight, lighting and lamps, or other electronic equipment that could generate heat.

Don’t block your air vents

When decorating for the holidays, we often move around furniture to accommodate trees, presents and other adornments. When you block your air vents, your blower could be working harder. Take care to keep any objects in your home clear from your air vents to maintain a comfortable home temperature. Also, if you are a household that puts up live trees, know that they could dry out faster if positioned too closely to vents and could be a potential fire hazard.

Pay attention to these common HVAC decorating gaffes so you can keep your home and family cheerful – and not uncomfortable – this holiday season.