Hardware Retailing

JUN 2018

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HARDWARE RETAILING | June 2018 62 Leaks, Laundry and Beyond A sprinkler system that knows what to do, rain or shine. Just as the inside of the home is becoming smarter every year, so is the outside. Smart sprinkler systems connected to Wi-Fi are more common than ever. What is unique about smart sprinkler systems is that it is able to act as a personal watering assistant, helping users create a watering schedule. The system also uses local weather updates to adjust accordingly. These features save or reduce outdoor water use while keeping plants healthy. To set up or start watering the yard, a user can access their smartphone app or use voice-control technology to complete commands. A smarter way to heat the water. Another household must-have is now available with smart technology is the water heater. Several manufacturers have been working on bringing smart water heaters to the residential market, providing the smartest, quietest and most efficient water heaters that can also help save money in the long run. With Wi-Fi connectivity, this kind of water heater can send alerts for anything out of the ordinary, like spills or leaks or reminders on service notifications directly to a mobile phone. This technology is also popular among consumers looking to save on water heating costs and ultimately save energy. 62 HARDWARE RETAILING | June 2018 S mart technology in the bathroom and kitchen have kept people buzzing about smart home improvements, yet there are many other rooms in the house where technology is enhancing and helping the homeowner. For example, major appliance brands have begun creating smart home ecosystems, with several products that can communicate with each other and the user all from one smartphone app. Manufacturers are thinking of innovative ideas that a consumer would want and need, whether a product is designed to save time or protect your home, like a leak or frozen-pipe detection system. A smart home hub is a hardware device that connects with all smart home devices, making it easy to control everything from within one app, according to the Internet of Things (IoT) technology website, IoTAgenda. The smart home hub user controls operations of devices through a smart home app, allowing them to monitor the environment, automate, schedule and control tasks. Popular examples include Samsung SmartThings, HomeSeer, Nest and Vivint. What is a smart home hub? Photo courtesy of Rheem Photo courtesy of Rachio

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