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New home technology is being developed every day. Some of these new technologies included below are great space and time savers. Technology can turn your home into a more exciting place to be, can save you time and can make life a little bit easier.
Robot vacuums use cameras to map out your home, from the couch to the front door, so it knows what it's already cleaned and what it still needs to clean. The vacuum has different modes for different situations such as a zigzag for large areas with few obstacles to smart turbo, which automatically adjusts to floor and carpet surfaces. This is the perfect technology to have in your home because who doesn't want a vacuum that cleans your home when you are gone? The robot vacuum is much more efficient and saves enRead More
No matter where life takes you, your home’s comfort, security and efficiency are handled. Now Trane, Schlage, and Nexia Home Intelligence make everything in your home speak one simple language by combining wireless technology with simple web access. You can adjust your home’s heating and cooling, unlock the front door, turn on the lights, manage home security, even monitor and control energy use, remotely from most web-enabled mobile devices.
Come home to your ideal environment by adjusting the temperature before you arrive. Reduce energy use and costs with energy savings mode when you’re away. Text and email alerts will remind you it’s time to change the filter to keep your Trane system running at peak efficiency. Also, create comfort zones throughout the entirRead More
Expensive home technologies are a thing of the past. Newer, less expensive technologies can potentially save you money on utilities and they do not require any major renovations. Depending on the system, you may be able to pay for the updates in just a few years with the savings you will earn.
Your heating and cooling system takes up a large portion of your home’s energy bill. Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature in your home remotely from your smartphone. You won’t have to heat or cool your home while you are away; by using your smartphone to control your thermostat, you can adjust the temperature just before you head home so you can arrive to a comfortable temperature. By taking advantage of this technologRead More
~~Risk Management for the Home
A recent shopping experience caused me to reflect on how risk management crosses many safety concerns in our daily lives. Each day tens of thousands of our community residents drive vehicles to and from work, shuttle kids to and from school and travel streets and highways at various speeds. While driving may capture our attention as one of the most dangerous daily activities, everyone should think about risk management in broader terms and consider ways to minimize daily risks. In the same way we think of prudent risk management steps to maintain our cars in a safe working order, we can also use similar approaches to keep our homes in safe working order and remain prepared for weather emergencies.
We’re reminded of the dangers oRead More
Matt Braden is quick to admit that he loves trying out new technology. The Sioux Falls thirty-something uses his smartphone to coordinate much of his life, from running his own business to staying in touch with family and friends.
And now that extends to his home. Matt and his wife Katie started using home automation and monitoring technology in the last year, and have found it’s changing the way they live.
“We can really measure the pulse of what’s happening in our home, and conveniently control and monitor everything whether we’re hanging out in the living room or we’re on vacation,” says Braden.
When the couple heard about Midco SmartHOME™ from a relative using it, they were intrigued. They started asking questions and choseRead More
~~Home Definition Featured Business Article
Twenty years ago, a porch light timer might have been considered smart home technology. But today a "smart home" is equipped with network-connected devices for controlling, automating and optimizing functions. Temperature, lighting, security, safety and entertainment can be controlled remotely by a phone, tablet, or computer. Home owners in the Sioux Empire can look to Home Definition, Inc., a locally owned company, to provide home theater, structured wiring, home audio, computer networking and home automation solutions that are reliable and easy to use.
HOME THEATER. SIMPLIFIED.
A Control4 one-room entertainment solution from Home Definition offers a simplified one-room entertainment experience that consolidates all audioRead More
There’s been a lot of buzz about smart homes and home automation in newspapers, magazines, and television advertisements recently. But what exactly is a smart home? Smart homes use technology to make your life simpler. Smart homes reduce your energy bills. Smart homes protect your family and can even qualify you for an insurance discount.
A “smart home” is a home with electronics that work together and that can be controlled, or automated, from one central location. A smart home allows you to control your thermostats, lighting, door locks, security cameras, and more from a remote control you may already own, your smartphone.
But what is the best development in smart home technology? Smart homes are now so simple, anyone can use one. Simply touching a lamp icon on your sRead More
Home buyers, Ryan and Melanie, were amazed that they recently bought a house while riding in the back seat of a family member’s car while on vacation. Home seller, Donna, says what stands out most in her real estate experience was that her REALTOR® was “very personable, caring, always available to talk with.” These testimonials highlight both the differences in what is important to home buyers and sellers and the importance that a real estate agent be flexible and innovative. Teresa Schurz from Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls has embraced this challenge by focusing both on the technology that helps her provide more efficient service to her clients and on the personal “touches” that show her clients that they are important to her and that she wants to beRead More
I'm literally writing this article as I sit in a 12 passenger van going on a week-long family vacation through Yellowstone. A good old fashioned road trip with 4 adults and 6 kids is great for bonding, seeing the sights and at times testing your patience a little. It's also a great time to ponder life and reflect a little. So how does this even remotely apply to technology and specifically home technology?
I'm reflecting on how amazing it is that I'm in the middle the mountains and at any time I can make a phone call, send a text message, or jump on the internet to check any number of cool little facts or to answer the all important 'how long until we get there' question. Technology allows me to write this article on my iPad and email it in while we're buzzingRead More
Tired of that ugly, noisy, drippy, view-destroying window air-conditioner? Tired of freezing in front of it, yet wondering if it is just making noise when you are across the room? Not keen on a major, expensive home remodel to add central air ducts to your ductless home? Mitsubishi Electric has come out with a system that can change all of that. Their Mr. Slim split-ductless systems are the smart solution for almost any cooling or heating situation.
For more than 30 years, Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Advanced Products Division, headquartered in Suwanee, Ga., has been a leading marketer of intelligent air-conditioning and heating technology. For many years, ductless air-conditioning systems have been the quiet solution for cooling and heating problems around the world. Mitsubishi’s pRead More
Focusing on a service-first approach to business, owners Bob Haub and Mike Bruns entered the Sioux Empire new construction market in 1994, providing quality windows and millwork with an unmatched level of customer service. Bob had experience managing a lumber yard and a local glass company. Mike holds an Associate's Degree in Building Construction Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology. Bob and Mike actually worked together at a millwork company before venturing off on their own with Builder's Millwork & Windows.
The industry and the business has seen many changes in 20 years! Builder's Millwork & Windows now has over 30 employees, including knowledgeable inside and outside sales people that are here to giveRead More
Do you ever dream about creating or buying that new home of your dreams? This month, you can make that dream a reality.
Throughout the month of April, the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire (HBASE) will be drawing attention to the economic, financial and personal benefits of owning a new home.
As a vital part of our nation’s economy, home construction provides millions with jobs and generates billions of dollars in wages each year. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) statistics, the construction of 1,000 single-family homes generates 2,448 jobs in construction and construction-related industries, approximately $79.4 million in wages, and more than $42.5 million in federal, state and local tax revenues and fees.
But homeownership iRead More