Tech Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Winter means warm fuzzy sweaters, getting cozy by the fire … and heating bills. But the chilly season does not have to break the bank. Check out these gadgets, apps and tips to help winterize your home this coming season.

Get smart, stat! Thermostats have come a long way, baby. Smart thermostats offer more than just programmable climate control and work by analyzing your home’s actual electricity usage in relation to the time and local weather. The Honeywell Lyric Round Thermostat uses your smartphone’s location to optimize savings and convenience. You can control it from anywhere or let the intuitive system manage your comfort and savings automatically. The thermostat is easy to install, and the Lyric Mobile App lets you control it from your smartphone or tablet.

Go, go garage gadget. A garage door opener probably isn’t the first gadget thing you think of when it comes to energy efficiency, but if your garage is attached to your house, the wall separating the interior of your home from the garage conducts heat both ways. The garage door is your first line of defense. With a smart garage door opener you don’t have to worry about accidentally leaving the door open and letting heat, and your money escape out the door. The Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener lets you monitor, open and close your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet. You can set up alerts/notifications to let you know when your garage door opens and closes. It’s easy to use, installs in minutes and works with your home’s Wi-Fi, via the free Chamberlain MyQ Garage App.

Don’t Forget Fido! Those pet doors with flaps might seem like a good idea and save you from having to get off the couch to let Fido in, but they also let the heat out. The Plexidor Electronic pet door provides increased efficiency and security for your home. Pets wear a “collar key” to trigger the door which has a panel that slides up just long enough to let your furry friend in or out.

Gut those Gutters. Another area often overlooked when winterizing the home is the gutters. Ice dams and clogged water spouts can be dangerous. But don’t worry you don’t have to climb up on the roof to dig out all the gunk, the Looj robot will do all the work for you. It plows through the debris sending it up and over the sides for you to rake up.

Thanks to modern technology and some handy gadgets you’ll be nice and warm this winter and your wallet will thank you.