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Three years ago, I got to experience one of the coolest moments in my adult life. Not only did I become a first time homeowner, but I also saw my home fully built, right before my eyes. Because of the whole process, this home is very special to me.
Picking the lot, seeing them break ground and assemble my home piece by piece was neat. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget. Let’s be real though, I’m not exactly handy. If something broke in my home, I wouldn’t know how to fix it. I’m just not wired that way, but as a female and a homeowner, I think it’s time to learn and become proactive.
I recently found out about Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector by Honeywell and The Lyric™ Round Wi-Fi Thermostat. These two smart devices will make your life so much easier.
Let’s start with the Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector by Honeywell. When I rented condos for a decade, I had multiple water leaks via water heater and a/c unit. They were not fun and I can’t imagine how much it cost to fix the damages.
What if you could install a user-friendly way to monitor water-related systems and components to reduce the risks of leaks and frozen pipes? I’m all about it!
LED Indicator, cable sensor and a screw for the mounting keyhole. EASY.
When the blue light comes on, it’s time to configure the device to your smart phone.
You guys, it was so simple. The last step was screwing the screw to the wall so I could mount the detector in my dark A/C closet.
The whole process took five minutes. Does it stop damage from happening? No. But it alerts you when there’s a leak or potential leak. That could have helped me in the condos that I lived in. I seriously came home a lake in my bedroom a few times too many.
Ways you can prevent water damage in your home:
Keep gutters clean. When they’re stuffed, it creates overflow and can damage your foundation.
Inspect cabinets under your sinks every 6 months. Look for drips and large leaks. Be sure to check your dishwasher and fridge as well.
It’s important to change washing machine hoses every five years. This happens to be one of the most common insurance claim. It’s super expensive, too.
Invest in a soft water filter. Hard water is full of mineral, creates buildup and damages pipes.
Reduce water pressure. Having high water pressure makes your pipes work harder, which will stress them.
The Lyric™ Thermostat
My friends have been controlling their a/c via phone for years and I felt left out! I was very excited to get my hands on this. I’m not going to lie, the setup intimidated me.
BEFORE YOU START, YOU SWITCH OFF THE A/C POWER FROM THE MAIN BREAKER BOX.
OH MY GOSH, THINGS GOT REAL.
But seriously, the instructions are so user friendly.
Wait for it…
Again, configuring was cake. And look, the app is so convenient. I have both smart devices on there!
We’re in business! My house was a little warm because it’s hotter than Hades in FL and my A/C was off for about 30 minutes. Installation took a bit longer than it should because I quadruple checked every single step.
Yeah, yeah, it’s cool to change the settings of your a/c when you’re lounging but the feature that sold me was Geofencing, which uses your smartphone location to automatically save energy when you’re away and ensure comfort when you return home. You will also receive alerts on your phone when it’s time to change the a/c filter or if extreme temperature changes happen.
This is also compatible with Apple® HomeKit™ and Samsung® SmartThings™ aka the apps that gives you control over connected features like lights and garage doors. Um, I’m jumping on those now. You can say I’m addicted.
Like I said, I’m not handy and I installed these devices myself. I want to fully convert my place into a smart house! Baby steps though, baby steps.
You can purchase both devices at Home Depot.
Do you use smart phone technology with your appliances?