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3 Ways a Smart Home System Can Help Save Money in Winter

3 Ways a Smart Home System Can Help Save Money in Winter

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Cold winter weather brings a lot of changes to your home, including the possibility of raised household costs. As you seek ways to save money in the winter, learn how a smart home system can naturally cut costs and provide you with extra savings. With an initial setup and a little planning, you can save a lot of money and fully enjoy your home in winter.

Check out three ways to save money in winter with a smart home system.

1. Smart Thermostat

Whether you use oil or electric heat in the winter, heating costs can quickly add up. Find more efficient ways to heat your home with a zoned smart home heating system.

4 Upgrades Ideal for a Modern Poker Room

Poker — Des Moines, IA — A TechIf you host a poker game at your house, then you can make the experience enjoyable for everyone who comes over. Home upgrades can increase the comfort level and add a lot to the poker-playing experience. Make poker night go smoothly from the setup process to the cleanup process when the night ends. Turn a poker spot into a location you use and enjoy for years to come.

1. Lighting Upgrades

Visuals are important in a game of poker. You want to read other players’ faces, read your cards, and have a clear view of the bets on the table. Proper lighting in a poker room will make the game go smoothly and help prevent any mistakes. With your poker room design, consider various lighting options.

4 Tips to Turn Your Home Into a Haven

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Your home should be a haven, but many people don’t feel that way, especially with diseases like COVID-19 keeping people trapped in their homes. Luckily, there are many things you can do to turn your house into an ideal home. If you would like to know more, check out these four tips that can take your home to the next level and keep you entertained and safe during a pandemic. 

1. Install a Security System and Cameras

Home Organization Options Ideal for Beach Lovers

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If you love going to the beach, you know how much time goes into the prep and aftermath of a beach trip. Ideally, you want to make the process as easy as possible. Proper home organization will help you in multiple ways and take a lot of the stress away from planning a trip to the beach.

Follow our guide to learn about your home organization options and how to eliminate a lot of the stress from beach trips.

Home Theater Options Ideal for 4K Movies

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Movie quality continues to improve with each new generation. Long gone are the days of the fuzzy VHS tape and the small television screen. Today, the norm is 4K movies, displayed on 4K televisions with crystal clear quality. If you want to have the best quality options for your home theater, then consider specific products catered to 4K movies.

Learn some of the best ways to watch 4K movies with the help of multiple resources. As you plan out home theater upgrades, each option can make a big difference on your movie-viewing experience.

4K UHD Television

4 Ways to Convert a Home Office for Other Uses

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During the age of desktop computers and bulky extras like fax machines, many people relied on a home office. As devices got smaller and work transitioned to laptops and tablets, a dedicated home office space was not always needed. If you have a home office you rarely use, then consider a room conversion. Completely transform a home office into a new space.

Consider four different room options and see how each one functions in your daily life.

1. Walk-In Closet

Walk-InCloset Upgrades Idealfor Recording Podcasts

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In the world of podcasts, audio quality is everything. No matter what kind of microphone and recording equipment you have, podcast quality often comes down to the room you record in. Many people have discovered the benefits of a walk-in closet. A quiet closet space is an ideal podcast recording location and comes with many benefits.

As you transform your closet into a podcast recording space, learn about some upgrades you can implement into the area. The upgrades will improve podcast conditions and give you a lot of options while you record episodes.

Sound-Dampening Wall Panels

Clothing and carpeted floors absorb sound and prevent echoes when you record. Take your soundproofing a step further with the use of sound-dampening wall panels. Typically used in home theaters, you will find versatile ways to use the panels in your walk-in closet.

5 Ways to Use Smart Home Universal Remotes

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The remote control is often associated with a television, but advancements in remote technology have turned the handheld device into a lot more. As you look into upgrades for your home theater and house in general, invest a little of the budget into a smart home universal remote.

The advanced remotes have precise TV controls, but they also can control a lot of different elements within the home. Learn about five ways to use a smart remote, and turn the advanced device into one of the most used pieces of technology in your house.

3 Modern Upgrades Ideal for a Walk-In Closet

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A walk-in closet is used every day as we pick out clothes, but you can get more use out of your walk-in closet with some modern upgrades. An upgrade to your closet can bring more practical use and enjoyment out of the space.

Learn about three modern upgrades you can add to a walk-in closet and how to implement the upgrades in a current closet or through a whole new renovation.

1. Touchscreen LCD Display

6 Benefits of Smart Home Solutions

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Technology has made work easier for homeowners, and it is expected to advance further as the years go by. With modern technology, you can control your house via a smart device such as a mobile phone, laptop, or tablet.

Smart homes have proved to offer many benefits, and thus you should consider automating your house. The following are six benefits of smart home solutions.

1. Manage Various Devices

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