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Smart Phone Apps – Talk to Your House

Apps have become an everyday necessity for smartphone owners.  You can now sync your smart phone to anything from a thermostat to a coffee maker.  Here are a few of the most innovative and popular apps that homeowners are now using.

The Smart Thermostats

The market for apps and systems that sync devices to thermostats is growing.  Sandra Malm’s, editor of picked the Comfort Sync, so we’ll highlight this one.  The Comfort Sync is Wi-Fi-enabled.  According to Allied Air, it is a programmable thermostat that has the fastest installation time in the whole industry.  You can monitor and adjust your system from any wireless device.  In addition, this thermostat offers live weather information, a mode for saving energy, and customizable skins.  You can customize the skin of the thermostat with your own creations whether it be photos or designs.

Keyless Entry

With products like the Keyless Deadboalt by Schlage, you won’t ever be locked out of your home again.  You can also let someone in to your home if you’re not there.  The Touchscreen Deadbolt, has given you more than just the need to eliminate your keys, it has advanced features which include:

  • Screen indicators that alert you when the batteries are getting low and when access is granted or denied;
  • A motorized bolt that locks and unlocks when you enter the correct code;
  • It beeps when the deadbolt isn’t fully locked;
  • It has an anti-pick shield;
  • An auto-lock feature that locks the door any time it’s left unlocked;
  • It sounds an alarm any time it senses the slightest movement or vibration of the door;
  • It has an ANSI Grade 1 certification and is considered the highest level of security for residential door locks.

Garage & Lighting

MyQ Technology by LiftMaster allows you to activate your garage doors, access gates, and interior lighting via your smartphone or online.  You can check the status of your devices from anywhere in the world and allow anyone to enter remotely.  EnlargeClose

Wireless Speakers

The Sonos wireless system allows you to access your music through your iPhone, Android, iPad, Mac, or PC.  You can select from three different styles of all-in-one speakers, Play:3, Play:5, or Soundbar. The Play:3 is described as “the smaller, sexier, tuck in the corner and blow out the roof, all-in-one player.  The Play:5 is described as “the original, bigger room, bigger sound, all-in-one wireless music system.  The Soundbar is described as “a compliment to an HD TV that can wirelessly stream all the music on Earth.”


The Vivint Home Security system allows you to monitor your home and security system remotely.  The security package comes with a touchscreen panel, three door and window sensors, one motion detector, one key fob, a yard sign, and severe weather alerts.

Coffee Maker

With Scanomat you can now make your coffee from your iPhone while you’re still in bed.  The company makes numerous coffee makers that will pair with your iPhone.  We’ll discuss the TopBrewer since it won the iF product design award for 2013.  This coffee maker is hidden underneath a counter to leave a sleek and clean design on the top.  It has an elegant swan neck styled faucet above which is where the brewed coffee comes out.  This system can be installed on any counter top surface.  You can also operate it from an iPad.


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