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Breathe Easier & Save On Heating Bills With Automatic Whole-House Humidifiers

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Thermomist Humidifier
Dry air can be uncomfortable to breathe and dry out wooden furniture excessively. It also causes an increase in static levels which is especially bad if you like tinkering with electronic devices. Dry air can also cost you more in heating bills because it feels colder than humid air at the same temperature. When you add humidity to your home you can actually feel warmer at 68 degrees than you do at 75 degrees, saving as much as 15% in heating costs.

The ThermoMist is a low maintenance automatic whole-house humidifier suitable for traditional oil or gas fired forced air heating systems. It automatically detects when the heater is blowing and sprays a fine mist into the airflow, and it stops automatically when the airflow stops.

The ThermoMist Automatic Humidifier is easy to install: Simply mount the control box and nozzle to your ductwork and attach it to the water supply with the included saddle valve. Plug the AC adapter into a 110V outlet.

Replacement nozzles and filters are sold separately. Optional humidistat control can be added to shut off the humidifier when desired humidity is reached. You can also plug it into an INSTEON ApplianceLinc (sold separately) for integration into your home automation system.

This product is not recommended in areas where the water has a high mineral content. (Use FreshMist or Turbo Mist systems instead.) Read more

Customer Reviews

4 Stars

4 Stars MIKEAL — MEDINA, NY    Date: 1/30/2011
Review: Works well. I would make 2 suggestions. Do not mount the misting head above your furnace. It will drip a bit so to avoid
5 Stars GEORGE — NEW ROCHELE, NY    Date: 1/22/2011
Review: Great product,easy to install.
4 Stars WILLIAM — RUMSON, NJ    Date: 1/10/2011
Review: Quick delivery, easy install, works as expected.
5 Stars CALEB — MARTINEZ, GA    Date: 6/12/2010
Review: Very pleased with entire kit. I installed it myself. I’ll prove it for good this coming winter. It should be ideal. Thanks.
5 Stars Dave — New Jersey    Date: 6/2/2010
Review: I purchased this unit 3 years ago and it has been the best investment for my new townhouse. I followed the maintenance instruction to the T and never have I had a problem. I even went and installed a water filter to be on the safe side. My house is always comfortable.

Control up to 8 Units of IR-controlled A/V Devices Behind Doors or Walls!

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment

How it Works!
The system uses an IR receiver to take in the IR signals from an existing remote control and distribute those signals via IR emitters to A/V components. Point the remote at the IR receiver to send the appropriate commands to your hidden A/V components. The receiver was specifically designed to reduce interference from Plasma, LCD and LED TV screens that cause other IR receiver systems to fail.
Smarthome LCD Compatible IR Receiver Kit with Flush Mount Sensor

Interference from your wall mounted TV can limit the effectiveness of your IR control system. The Smarthome LCD Compatible IR Receiver Kit has been designed to suppress various types of interference, including Plasma, LCD and LED TVs, indirect sunlight and energy-saving light bulbs.

The kit allows you to use an existing infrared (IR) remote control to operate up to eight audio/video (A/V) components located behind closed doors or walls in an entertainment cabinet or equipment closet. The built-in IR distribution technology gives you the ability to conceal, yet still control, bulky electronic equipment such as a cable or satellite TV receiver, stereo receiver or amplifier, CD player, DVD player, Blu-ray player, or virtually any component controlled by an IR signal. The compact brass IR sensor will fit into a pre-drilled 16mm hole for a flush mount, peep-hole style installation, and even features interchangeable colored bezels (white, black and brass) to blend in with your home décor. The IR receiver kit also features a sense input which can let you know if an external A/V device is on or off.

This kit comes with everything needed for a complete IR repeater system. No more leaving cabinet doors open or struggling to remotely access your hidden equipment, you’ll be able to control up to eight hidden A/V components with extreme reliability. Read more

Customer Reviews

4 Stars

5 Stars Steven — Toms River, NJ    Date: 8/15/2011
Review: Easy to set up. Works well. No delay between using the remote and having the corresponding component work. No signs of components causing interference.
5 Stars Sasha — Madison, WI    Date: 8/15/2011
Review: Simple set up, easy to use. Works with Scientific Atlanta 8300HDC dvr and Samsung LNT5265F 52 LCD TV.
5 Stars Scott — Los Angeles, CA    Date: 8/12/2011
Review: Worked very well for my application and customer service was excellent.

Bose AE2i Headphones Review

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Bose AE2i audio headphones

Item# 972484

 PCWorld Review

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Well built
  • Good bass and detailed soundstage

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Build quality not as good as pricier Bose models


Bottom Line:

Bose’s AE2i headphones, which now have an in-line volume control for iPod and iPhone support, are reasonably well constructed and comfortable. They also sound good, but they’re expensive and lack Bose’s signature noise cancelling — which appears on the company’s more expensive (and better built) headphones.

The Bose AE2i headphones are an update designed to appeal to the Apple crowd, with an in-line volume control and multifunction button that works with iPhones, iPods and MacBooks alike. They’re well put together, comfortable and sound good. However, the Bose AE2i headphones also quite expensive given their lack of active noise cancelling technology, and other Bose models are built more solidly.

Bose AE2i: Design, construction and comfort

Bose’s AE2i headphones sit over the wearer’s ears, but only just — they are compact for full-size headphones and can be easily stowed away in a briefcase or handbag (they come with a soft carry case). The headband telescopes in two places to accomodate heads large and small, and the AE2i’s metre-long headphone cord detaches from the headset if pulled — a safety net to avoid any damage.

The Bose AE2i headphones are well built. The plastics are tough and high-quality, but compared to the QuietComfort 15 they feel slightly hollow. The AE2i headphones are light enough to wear for a long time without fatigue, which is an advantage over Bose’s more expensive noise cancelling models which include comparatively heavy batteries and circuitry. The ear-cups of the Bose AE2i headphones are finished in a soft-touch leatherette with cushioned padding, which means they are comfortable without being itchy.

The Bose AE2i headphones don’t have any integrated active noise cancellation, but they do a good job (for small headphones) of blocking out ambient noise.

Bose AE2i: Sound quality

The Bose AE2i headphones are reasonably accurate in their representation of music, but do have a slight emphasis of low mid-range and bass, as well as a slight sharpness to treble notes. We listened to music in a range of styles and found that the most telling was classical orchestra — the thrums of double basses and the beat of bass drums reverberate and are slow to decay, and cymbals and high piano notes have an almost electronic ring to them. The AE2i headphones are nonetheless detailed and we enjoyed listening to them.

The soundstage of the Bose AE2i — the headphones’ ability to separate left and right audio channels, and to play back positional audio — is also excellent. Even when you’re not listening to music, the AE2i headphones’ good passive noise cancellation blocks out a lot of high-frequency background noise, such as people typing. They aren’t sealed enough to hide the low-frequency hum of an air conditioner, though.

We were able to turn the volume all the way up on our test iPhone 4 and MacBook Pro without the sound of the Bose AE2i becoming too harsh or fatiguing. The headphones aren’t painfully loud either though — when walking through a busy shopping centre we had them almost at maximum volume. This might make it hard to drown out very loud outside noise, but will protect your hearing in the long run. If you are in an environment with loud ambient noise, we’d recommend some high quality active noise cancelling headphones anyway.

Bose AE2i: Conclusion

Bose’s AE2i headphones are expensive given that they don’t have any integrated active noise cancelling. However, they are light and comfortable and possess good sound quality — three important traits for a pair of portable headphones.

Read More: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/headphones/bose/ae2i/395566

Be Notified When a Visitor Steps on Your Doormat!

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Swann SW351-WMA Wireless Doormat Chime

The Swann SW351-WMA Wireless Doormat Chime uses a pressure mat that goes under your doormat to signal an indoor chime. Customize your unit with unique chimes and adjustable volume settings.

  • Position under a mat or carpet to know when someone’s there
  • Conveniently position the chime unit up to 100ft / 30m away from the mat
  • Customize your unit with 3 unique chimes and adjustable volume settings
  • Pack includes doormat, chime unit and additional doorbell unit
  • Chime unit is both mountable and self-standing

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Customer Reviews

4 Stars

5 Stars ZANNA — PHILADELPHIA, PA    Date: 3/13/2011
Review: The product was exactly as ordered and shipped promptly. I decided it was not going to suit my needs and the return process was very smooth and quick. Thank you once again for a great buying experience.
5 Stars KAMI — CHARLESTON, WV    Date: 2/17/2011
Review: This product works just as described. Now we do not have to guess when our Beagle is at the front door wanting out. We just laid a rug over it and it works like a charm. The only thing I don’t like is trying to hide the chime pack that is attached to the mat.

INSTEON-Compatible Lawn Irrigation System Controls up to 8 Sprinkler Valves

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

EZFlora INSTEON/X10 Sprinkler Controller
Make sure your lawn and garden plants are watered with a programmable timed sprinkler system that can be set up on your PC and controlled with any INSTEON or X10 controller. The INSTEON/X10 8-Zone Sprinkler Controller is an 8-zone irrigation unit capable of controlling up to eight sprinkler valves either individually or in program sequences in response to single INSTEON or X10 command from your PC or a standalone home automation controller. This irrigation controller will work with any standard 24V AC sprinkler system (sold separately), and a free software download is available for easy programming. The Controller requires a 24V AC transformer (sold separately) to power the sprinkler solenoid valves.
EZFlora INSTEON/X10 Sprinkler Controller

While basic functions can be programmed manually, advanced functionality can be programmed with the EZSrve, central automation controller. If you already have a central automation controller or a software package for your INSTEON network that doesn’t have the correct parameters to program the advanced functionality of this device, you can download the free Simplehomenet Utility Suite which works in conjunction with an INSTEON Powerlinc Modem (2412U, 2413U or 2413S). If you need PC-free operation for simple timers, the SHN Utility Suite also interfaces with the INSTEON Powerlinc Controller. Read more

Customer Reviews

4 Stars

5 Stars Doug — Frisco, Texas    Date: 6/3/2011
Review: Works great. My sprinkler controller went out and it was a simple task to connect my existing sprinkler valves to this. I wanted something with more flexibility which I got when I combined this with my Home Control Assistant also sold by SmartHome.

4 Stars MATTHEW — SEGUIN, TX    Date: 5/26/2011
Review: Easy control with Indigo.

5 Stars BENJAMIN — DANE, WI    Date: 3/31/2011
Review: Seemed to link up just fine with my ISY99 controller. I did have to download the SimpleHomeNet utility, and connect a serial cable to my PowerLinc modem so that I could update the configuration to convert zone 8 to a pump. (So, now zone 8 comes on when ANY zone comes on, to drive my pump) This was for well water, I might add.

Do you live in an area where water conservation through high-efficiency showerheads has been considered impossible due to low- or variable-pressure water?

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment
 The Oxygenics X-Stream Showerhead’s patented fluidic pressure technology increases the velocity of the water, so you can enjoy an exceptional shower, even at extremely low pressures. This low-flow showerhead operates effectively from 2 to 80 psi, automatically adapting to low and variable pressure.
Oxygenics X-Stream SkinCare Fixed Showerhead, Chrome
The Oxygenics Spa Series Chrome Showerhead uses 2.5 gallons per minute at 60 psi without “low-flow” restrictors, so you can conserve water without sacrificing a great shower. All Oxygenics showerheads are designed to save 30 to 70 percent of the water used by traditional shower fixtures. Other low-flow showerheads simply restrict water flow. The Oxygenics X-Stream Showerhead has 16 air intake ports through which air enters, is mixed with water and accelerated out. The result: an enriched shower with up to 10 times more beneficial air/oxygen that improves circulation, stimulates cell activity and promotes healthier, more youthful-looking skin. The shower head’s comfort control lever lets you adjust the spray from “soft” to “stimulating” for a custom shower experience. Oxygenics showerheads fit all standard showers; no plumber is required for installation, which is made easy and leak-proof with the included Teflon tape. With a core made of Dupont Delrin®, the Oxygenics Showerhead is extraordinarily durable and resistant to most typical showerhead problems. It will never scale, clog or fail, whether it’s your first shower, or your 100,000th. It even comes with a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty.Read more

 

Customer Reviews

4 Stars 

5 Stars MARLON — LANSFORD, PA    Date: 3/1/2010
Review: Great product works for me.A little noisy but does a great job.Settings are easy to get doesn’t jam no complaints.

4 Stars BRIAN — HUBERTUS, WI    Date: 2/10/2010
Review: The spray pattern is a bit sporadic but the watter pressure is superb.

3 Stars NEIL — FLORISSANT, MO    Date: 8/18/2008
Review: As delivered, the shower head restricted flow drastically. After popping out the center cone and spring and screwing out the center ring, it became a great shower head at the low pressure my rural well pump delivers.

5 Stars PATRICIA — DEATSVILLE, AL    Date: 2/1/2008
Review: Although we live in a log home, our water pressure is miserable. So, when we saw the “XStream Showerhead” in an ad, the idea was to try it out. This thing WORKS! We love it and have told friends about it. I’d recommend it to anybody in a heartbeat. It’s easy to install, it works from the start. Thank you, Smarthome!!

 

This Charming, Sophisticated Little Hanger can Lug all of your Stuff…on its Back!

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Maxsa Innovations, LLC 20059 5 Hook Multi Hanger

  • 5 sturdy multi-purpose hooks
  • Attaches to almost any vehicle headrest
  • Holds up to 25 pounds
If you like to be organized and need an extra spot to store or hang things in your vehicle, this twin hanger is just the solution. It attaches to any twin post headrest with post diameters of 1/2 inch or less. Five hooks are perfect for hanging up to 25 pounds of shopping bags, coats, handbags, trash bags, umbrellas, and more.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 Stars

5 Stars YVETTE — ANDERSON, SC    Date: 2/21/2011
Review: Very handy and doesn’t get in the way – love it!
4 Stars MICHAEL — BOWIE, MD    Date: 1/8/2011
Review: A basically great item: Weight of objects is evenly distributed between two many headrest hooks. Disappointing features: Rattle: Small hooks rattle (which I solved by removing, heating, crimping, re-installing); Color: I wish the entire unit had been flat-black as illustrated on the web page. I may at least paint the hooks.
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