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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Smart Home Devices That Lead the Pack

January 23, 2015 12:48 am

Recent research from Experian Marketing Services found that nearly a third of all Americans use at least one type of smart or connected device. According to the research, 14 percent of homes are smart homes, featuring devices such as connected lights, locks, thermostats or electrical outlets. Since the beginning of November 2014, interest in leading smart home devices has increased 54 percent.

“As everyday things get smarter, consumers will grow more reliant on those things to process information and designated tasks autonomously. [Connected devices] will also allow consumers to ‘unglue’ their attention from computer, tablet and smartphone screens,” says John Fetto, Experian Marketing Services.

Since the beginning of November 2014, interest in leading smart home devices has increased 54 percent. Consumers helping to push these devices into the mainstream are highly connected both technologically and socially, and they are more than twice as likely as the average U.S. consumer to access social media from different devices.

“The rapidly growing trend of the Internet of Things manifested itself during the 2013 holiday season through the popularity of connected fitness trackers, but [in 2014], it was all about the emergence of smart home devices,” says Fetto.

According to Experian’s research, the hottest smart home device products based on share of top-branded search terms are:

• Nest Thermostat (21 percent)
• Dropcam (12 percent)
• ADT Pulse (5 percent)
• Phillips Hue (5 percent)
• Nest Dropcam (4 percent)
• Dropcam Pro (2 percent)
• Wemo (2 percent)
• Nest Protect (2 percent)
• Hue Lights (2 percent)

Source: Experian

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Watch for Ice Buildup at Home

January 22, 2015 12:48 am

Ice buildup is common following cold weather. Often, DIY experts suggest using a rake with wheels or panty hose filled with calcium chloride to clear ice, but the real solution is much simpler.

Ice buildup occurs when the roof (minus the eaves) is warmed by the house below it. Snow melts on the roof and drains down to the eaves, where it refreezes. Because heat flows by conduction, convection and radiation, the main culprit is not the home’s insulation – it’s air leakage.

Since warm air rises, the air in your home in winter ends up in your attic and roof cavity. Instead of adding more insulation, cooling the roof or warming the eaves, have your home air sealed.

To do that, have your home tested with a blower door for air leakage and for the attic's connection with the house – this will serve as the ‘before’ picture. Enlist the help of a BPI-certified air sealing company to seal the floor of the attic, underneath the insulation, with spray foam or another high-performance sealant. After the seal, test your home again to gauge your ‘after’ picture.

Source: IAER

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