Author: SmartyHome

Automating a whole house humidifier with Ecobee

I recently installed a whole-house humidifier and wrote about the experience on The AprilAire 600M was purchased and wired with the intent of allowing the Ecobee 3 smart thermostat to fully control it....

Amazon’s Alexa blitz

Amazon surprised everyone last week when they held a private event and announced 13 — thirteen — new products in the Alexa ecosystem, plus some new service features like Alexa Guard (which we’ll cover...

A smart home from scratch: If I had to do it all over again

I’ve been tinkering with smart home tech for over six years, so my house as undergone some…evolutions. Lately I’ve been helping some friends get their smart homes started from scratch, and that — plus a question a reader sent in — has gotten me thinking about what I would do if I were to do it all over again.