Gianna Strickland Smart Home, 2018-09-03 20:46:29. Automating your lights can slash a huge portion of your electricity bill. Pair them with sensors, dimmers and wireless control and you'll be able to save even more. You can set your lights to turn on and off, depending on your personal schedule or, add motion sensors, so you won't waste energy. You can even use your smartphone to control the brightness, color as well as the ambiance of your home. If your smart phone isn't enough, you can install a smart device that can notify you when you have left your lights on. Apart from the alerts, this device can also give you an estimate of how much energy your home has already consumed.
Salma Miranda Smart Home, 2018-09-02 23:36:46. While technology is becoming more and more "distributed", a central server is the standard and perfectly future-proof solution for your home. By "server" we mean a system comprising a processor, file storage and networking. The range in servers is huge - you could have a single USB drive connected to the network and call it a server, or a powerful computer with massive storage. For most people, a system with at least one hard drive and a processor less than five years old is adequate. Of course, the server should be wired directly into your network at the fastest possible connection speed. You can purchase a "DLNA" server, "NAS" server (for several hundred US dollars) or high-end system to control your entire house (several thousand or more US dollars). But in fact any personal computer, laptop or even a capable Internet router will suffice. Some internet routers have a USB port that you can connect a USB hard drive to, and the router's processor can handle the media streaming, provided the router has appropriate software installed, such as a DLNA server. You can install free DLNA or other server software on a Windows or Mac PC in minutes. Basically you can re-use an old computer to act as a home server, or buymake a new computer specially. Many networking devices run on Linux, so if you see something like a NAS or DLNA server for sale, just remember you can install Linux on an old computer and easily replicate or surpass the supposedly high performance dedicated servers for sale today. When choosing your server, make sure a) It's networking speed is at least 100Mbits b) It has plentiful storage space c) The processor is at least less than five years old. Normally, providing the network speed is very fast and the processor quite recent, spend as much money as possible on the storage, such as multiple, high-capacity hard disks.
Kaia Rutledge Smart Home, 2018-09-04 07:31:15. There are some disadvantages of a smart home also. It is quite expensive technology and is out of reach of an average home-owner. It’s also a quite complicated technology. Traditional people feel uncomfortable in using home automation technology. Technology also brings risk of hacking. Once the central controlling system of your home is hacked, the intruder can easily control your house. It is very difficult to identify that your automation system has been hacked.
Lylah Atkinson Door Handles, 2018-10-02 01:02:49. If you are refurbishing your home or simply replacing your door hardware, make sure you choose a door handle that would work best for your house, from design to functionality. For your Art Deco home, a chrome door handle would be perfect to complete the look. If you have an elderly or kids living with you, perhaps a lever, instead of a knob, would be easier to use for everyone. There are definitely many things you should consider when shopping for a door handle. Here are some suggestions you should keep in mind.
Rosie Leon Door Handles, 2018-10-01 18:27:44. Speaking in the broader sense, generally there are two types of handles: externaloutdoor and indoorinterior. The exterior are utilized on all main entrances to the home such as front, back, side or service door. On the other hand, interior handles are used on the doors inside the houseoffice like kitchen, cabinet and toilet doors. Lever-type handles and external latches have become the most popular types of external handles. Following are some of the most popular designs and types.
Estrella Hayden Door Handles, 2018-10-01 21:28:16. In terms of materials used, these are the types of handles commonly found in use. Cast Brass - can be copper finished; nickel or chrome plated; bright satin finished; antique finished. Cast or sheet aluminium alloy - usually anodized; with matt, dyed, satin bright or natural finishes. Metal sheet - can be copper oxidized or stove enameled finish, both black. Wooden handle - made of solid wood with some intricate and ornate carvings in base plate (in lever latch types). Others are plain solid wood for a minimalist design.
Lylah Atkinson Door Handles, 2018-10-01 15:14:15. Choosing new door handles for your doors may sound like an easy task but when you come to realise the extent of handle options you may start to think differently, for there are dozens upon dozens of choices. Here is a look at some of the most frequently asked questions and answers regarding handles. Depending on the website or the shop you are browsing through you may find the categories differ slightly but generally speaking with door handles you have a choice from Designer Door Levers on Round Rose, Designer Door Levers on Square Rose, Designer Handles on Backplate, Classic Handles, Stainless Steel Handles, Handles for Doors with Espagnolette Multipoint Locking Systems, Porcelain Door Levers on Rose, Porcelain Handles on Backplate, Black Antique Handles, and Aluminium Handles. Within each of these categories you will an array of individual door handles to choose from.
Novalee Nash Door Handles, 2018-10-01 13:40:16. Used by every member of the family, door handles are an important part in planning the interior of the house. Choosing the right type gives a complete look to a new or a refinished door. This is the part of the interior design that most people usually ignore. Those with good aesthetic sense, however, are very choosy about the look and feel of the door with respect to the handles attached. It does ruin the affect of the décor style, if it is not matched in accordance with the door look. It can add elegance to a room since, the door is the first thing people encounter when they enter a room. So they are important accessories in terms of interior decoration.
Daniella Mccray Door Handles, 2018-10-01 16:50:36. And, as if all of those choices are not enough, both bronze handles and stainless steel door handles are available in a number of finishes for you to choose from. Both varieties are available in matte or gloss finishes. Stainless steel can be finished in a range of colors - white, black, gunmetal gray, and more. Bronze can be finished with varying levels of the golden coppery shade that bronze is known for. Both can be tooled so that they have wonderful texturing. Again, the choice is yours and, you might be pleasantly surprised at the variety of designer handles you have to choose from when you look. Aesthetics aside, bronze door handles and stainless steel pull handles are remarkably strong and easy to care for. Because bronze and stainless steel are both alloys, they are incredibly strong - that means that they are hard to dent, ding, or scratch, no matter what you do to them. It also means that a soft dry cloth is the only equipment required to keep your designer handles nicely polished and glistening.
Kaia Rutledge Door Handles, 2018-10-01 20:58:17.
Finley Talley Door Handles, 2018-10-02 01:02:37. You should also check immediately if your door hinges are squeaking. Sometimes it might need just a little cleaning. You should also be aware of what kind of material your door hardware is made of, so you won't be applying any harmful chemical that might make it rust easily. For instance, brass door accessories need only soapy water or beeswax for cleaning, while chrome door handles are usually maintenance-free and require only non-abrasive wax, if you want a thorough maintenance. It would, indeed, be a pity if you go through all this trouble of finding the perfect door hardware, just to be left with one that does not work properly in just a year or so. Be sure to keep in mind these tips so you will have door hardware that suits your requirements, design- and function-wise.
Brenna Potter Door Handles, 2018-10-01 13:06:10. If you want to maintain the polish of these handles, then the best possible and safest method is to use the natural and harmless products available in your kitchen. One possible method is to combine flour, vinegar and salt to make a paste then apply it on your handles. Similarly, you can also use pure lemon juice as a substitute of vinegar. If you are using ammonia, then slightly dip a piece of clean cloth in it and rub it on your handles. If you are using supermarket polish, then use the same procedure as with ammonia to rub it. This polish has the ability of removing grease, grime and dirt.
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