There’s really nothing that technology can’t do. We’re living in the time period where robots are cleaning up the airport and possibly starting to carry out COVID-19 testing soon. You can get answers — not at the tap of a button — but at a single voice command with smart home devices that can somehow hear you from a few metres away. There are many products with different functionalities, and we’ve gathered some ways you can use Google products to make your house a helpful home.
In the kitchen
Baking is absolutely an all-hands-on-deck situation and a hands-free solution is what you need. Perhaps it’s your first time attempting a pandan cake, and you need help looking for a recipe.
Good thing you’ve got your trusty assistant, the Google Nest Hub (SG$129). You can simply say, “Hey Google, find me a pandan cake recipe” and you can get a whole tutorial on the process too. Choose from a variety of different recipes and your handy smart display will load up a step-by-step guide. All that’s left to do is to get your hands dirty. There’s time to kill while waiting for the cake to bake so what do you do? Might as well catch up on your favorite Netflix series on the Nest Hub, and you can also see how you’ve fared against the home bakers on Nailed It.
In the living room
Picture this. You’re about to enjoy the pandan cake you’ve labored over all afternoon by finally plopping your bum onto the couch, only to realize that you’ve left the lights on in the kitchen. You can feel the groan of frustration coming on just thinking about getting up again, or you could get your Google Nest Mini (SG$79) to turn it off for you. That’s right, outfitting your home with compatible smart lights means you can control the lights by saying “Hey Google, turn off the kitchen lights”. Living in the age of technology sure is great.
With all of this time we’ve been spending indoors, winding down from those WFH days is equally important as the work you do. Google Chromecast (SG$65) streams your favorite entertainment directly from your smartphone, whether it’s an iPhone or an Android phone. You’ll also get to mirror your laptop screen to your TV for those exciting family get-togethers to relive your last skydiving trip. This also means you’ll be able to use your phone or tablet as a remote control so you can lower the volume of the TV whenever you’ve summoned the energy to get up for more snacks.
In the study room
You know how the saying goes — work smart, not hard — and a smart home can help you do exactly that. Having an efficient setup at home means being able to focus on work, and having time to relax too. Now, a common gripe of traditional Wifi routers in the market is the limited coverage it offers, which only worsens the further away you are from the router.
This situation unfortunately isn’t helped along by extenders that add more range but reduce performance — but the Google Nest Wifi changes that. It’s a scalable system that provides fast, reliable Wif-Fi coverage throughout the whole home, and it starts with a Google Nest Wifi Router (SG$229). It offers coverage of up to 120 square metres, and you’ll be able to customize your setup with an additional Google Nest Wifi Point (SG$199) for coverage up to 210 square metres, or two Nest Wifi Points for 300-square-metre spaces.
Getting that smart home you’ve always wanted is easy and you can even save big with the limited-time sale on Google Nest products exclusively at Courts. From now until 19 October you’ll be able to get up to 20% off when you purchase the Google Chromecast with Google Nest products. What’s more, you can also save big when you purchase two or more Google Nest Mini or Google Nest Hub products at Courts stores islandwide and online too.
Ready for the smart home life? You’ll wanna take advantage of these stackable discounts and save big with these Chromecast bundles:
Get the Nest Wifi + Chromecast Bundle (SG$419, U.P. SG$493) here, which includes the Nest Wifi Router, Nest Wifi Point and Chromecast
This article, Make your smart home a helpful home with these Google Nest products, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.
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Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?
Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.
Today, we’re running through 7 of the best smart heating thermostats and systems, comparing features, benefits and what type of home they’re most suitable for.
– 7 day, & 5/2 day scheduling with a pre-configured schedule included
– Choice of up to 4 time periods a day
– Minimum On-Time & Cycle Rate settings ensuring compatibility with many boilers
– Table stand for ease of positioning
– Alert messages to assist fault-finding with a fail-safe mode
– Wireless technology makes upgrading easier and the installation time shorter with less wiring involved
– Homes that require high levels of automatic control that provide significant energy efficiency for a wide range of boilers and systems.
– Single Heating Zone Control
– 7 Day, 5/2 Day, or 24 Hour Control
– Programmable Room Thermostat
– Easily Programmed With The Associated App
– Homes that are just starting to take the first steps into using smart home heating
– Homes that need a single heating zone control
– Homes that have either combination or standard boiler systems
– Touch-screen interface simplifies scheduling, changing and overriding temperature
– Location-based programming (geo-fencing) adds an automated layer of control, adjusting the customer’s home heating based on their location
– Scheduling features include 7 and 5/2 day bespoke scheduling with up to 6 time periods a day
– Simple flip-up wiring bar for easy access and an easy-to-install boiler or zone valve interface
– Direct wall mounting or wall-box mounting
– Optimisation features include optimum start and stop & delayed start boiler control. Allows the thermostat and boiler to work more efficiently together
– Homes with any boiler and almost every heating system
– Homes with 230V on/off OpenTherm appliances (gas boilers, combi boilers and heat pumps)
– Ability to control water temperature and heating
– Self-learning functions to make every experience a unique one, helping it to understand your home’s needs
– Using a smart weather compensation feature and weather data, the vSMART can tell your boiler how hard it has to work to get your home to your required temperature
– You can connect multiple vSMART controllers to one app
– Homes with Valliant ecoTEC system/open vented boilers
– Households that want to be able to control water temperature from anywhere too
– A 7-day full programmer that gives great flexibility offering up to three on/off switchings per day
– LoT display, providing text feedback that gives help and programming hints
– Automatic Summer/Winter 1 hour time change
– Choice of 3 different built-in programmes
– ‘Holiday’ button
– Homes with heating and stored hot water in complete systems
– Homes with older gravity circulation stored hot water systems, where there’s no interlocking control valve
– Households with different heating needs from day-to-day
– One channel thermostat system with two radiator thermostats to start zoning your system
– Smart heating & hot water control
– Quick & simple to install using an industry-standard backplate
– Easy Zoning with the addition of extra Wiser Radiator Thermostats
– Homes with combination boilers
– Households that want to start a zoned system to control individual zones within the home
– Automatic time and temperature control of domestic heating premises
– Optimum Start, Optimum Stop and Delayed Start
– No installer links or switches on the back of the unit means no adjustment is required for combi boilers and most central heating systems
– Scheduled maintenance alert
– Automatic Summer/Winter time change
– Up to four independent time & temperature settings
– Auto, manual, holiday, override and off (frost) modes
– Domestic premises
– Most central heating systems and combi boilers
For more smart home heating controls, check out our full range today at MonsterPlumb. If you’re not interested in smart technology when it comes to controlling the heating and water temperature in your home, take a look at our selection of heating controls and valves.
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