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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 8/21/2019

Technology appears to be advancing faster than we can keep up with it. From turning on lights and regulating the temperature just before you arrive home to having your own personal smartphone butler, thereís a large number of gadgets and devices churned out each day that make life easier and more comfortable. If you consider yourself tech savvy enough, you should consider adding any of these smart home gadgets to your home.

  1. Smart Purifiers: Smart air purifiers have only one job Ė make sure you only breathe the cleanest air possible. They donít just remove dust and allergens from the air; they also get rid of odors and unpleasant smells too so your lungs never have reason to complain.
  2. Smart Mirrors: Like a character from a Disney fairytale cartoon, smart mirrors can display notifications about the weather, traffic, tasks and events in your calendar, and emails while you get ready for the day.
  3. Smart Espresso Machines: So you like your coffee black on long days and milky on weekends? Smart espresso machines will save you the stress of reminding your wife why todayís coffee should be black. You can program your order for any day of the week into it, and it will remotely make your coffee for you as soon as you hit your smart alarm snooze button. Whatís more, they can keep track of coffee beans and let you know when itís time to restock.
  4. Wi-Fi enabled crock pot: You probably know the struggles of dashing to the kitchen at ten-minute intervals to check if your pasta needs draining. With this pot, you can control the temperature and cook time of whatever gourmet dish you are making from an app on your phone.
  5. Smart Blender: Smart blenders connect to an app on your phone via Bluetooth or wireless and allow you to track down nutritional information and calories about your favorite fruits and vegetables as you mix up your smoothies.
  6. Robotic lawn mower: Admit it, mowing isnít your favorite chore. No worries about that, you can get a robotic lawnmower that takes care of overgrown grass for you. Worried about theft? It has an inbuilt anti-theft lock.
  7. Smart video doorbell: A smart video doorbell allows you to see visitors at your front door from the comfort of your mobile phone wherever you are. Its motion sensors also send you notifications when it senses movements outside your door. Need any other tech gadget not included here, ask your local tech store to see what options they have. 

Want to know if the latest and greatest tech is right for your home? Ask your real estate agent about the best options.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/25/2017

Kitchen appliances are a big investment and youíll want to make sure you get your moneyís worth. Most of us start off with good intentions, cleaning our appliances regularly. However, over time itís easy to slack off and neglect basic maintenance and cleaning that will help keep your expensive appliances in good working condition.

 In this article, weíre going to give you some advice on maintaining your kitchen appliances to increase their lifespan and keep them looking great years after purchase. Read on for our kitchen appliance maintenance tips.

 Maintaining your refrigerator

Most refrigerators cost upward of a thousand dollars these days. They also come with more features than ever, making them particularly vulnerable to malfunction if neglected.

The best way to maintain your refrigerator, and many of the appliances on our list, is to add recurring maintenance and cleaning tasks to your calendar so that you know when itís time to address them.

When maintaining your refrigerator youíll want to clean the condenser coils and fan thoroughly. Youíll likely have to pull the refrigerator away from the wall to do this, so be sure it is unplugged.

Next, check the door seals on your refrigerator to ensure that they are not cracked or dried out. Damaged door seals let cool air out of your refrigerator, causing it to run harder and increasing the chance of malfunction.

Cleaning the dishwasher

To make sure your dishwasher keeps cleaning your dishes, youíll want to inspect the spinning arm to see if it spins easily. Next, check the small holes on the spinning arm where the water sprays out. If these are dirty or clogged, clean them out with a sharp point.

To avoid leaks, check the gasket, or rubber-like liner around the dishwasher door. If it is cracked or dirty, it will need to be replaced.

Next, clean the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher and clear it of debris. If youíve noticed any bad smells from your dishwasher, place a small cup of vinegar in the top rack and run the dishwasher on a hot water cycle.

Microwave maintenance

Microwaves are often treated as being relatively dispensable because you can buy them cheap enough. However, there are a few things you can do to keep your microwave running longer and avoid waste.

First, keep the microwave interior clean. Splatter that is left in a microwave too long will get repeatedly burned and become more and more difficult to remove. So, to loosen them up, you can place a glass of water in the microwave for a few minutes and then leave it inside. The steam from the water will help free up the splatter and make them easier to scrub away.

Another common issue with microwaves is a damaged power cord. Since most of us try to stuff them out of the way behind the unit, it can easily damage the wires inside the cord. Situate your microwave in a way that the cord isnít pressed up against anything.

 

Finally, remember that many parts on your refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave are easily replaced by calling the manufacturer or a repair technician. Opt to repair your appliances before just  throwing them away.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 3/20/2013

Energy costs can really take a toll on our monthly bills. But you can take control of these costs with a few simple steps. And to help out, programs like Mass Save (Masssave.com) and www.energystar.gov will help homeowners save even more. Did you know that even when you turn off appliances, such as your TV, they still use energy? With all the electronics in your house, the energy use can really add up in a year. A quick easy way to control these costs is to get an advanced power strip, where there are multiple plugs for electronics that need to always be on (i.e. your cable box) and those that don't (i.e. you TV). The power strip will automatically turn off those electronics that are in the "don't keep on" sockets when the electronic in the "master" socket is turned off. Mass Save estimates that you can save $30 annually by using one of these on your entertainment system. Mass Save and Energy Star has a variety of other ways to save on energy from product savings (on things like light bulbs and power strips) to rebates for buying energy savings appliances. You can also get a free home energy assessment to help you get started on improving your home's energy savings. And if you are low income, there are programs to help you save on costs even more. Each state has it's own energy savings programs, so even if you aren't from Massachusetts, there are resources available to you. Be sure you contact your state's energy department to find out more about ways to save.