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Our Connected Home with Mario Armstrong

Our lives are becoming more connected than ever before with cool devices that are changing the way people experience information, safety, entertainment and more. We can now gain even more control of our home with new technology that will help simplify everyday tasks.

Award-winning Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong partnered with brands to take a look at some of the smart technology making its way into our homes in 2015!

People love to listen to music in their bathroom but speakers can get in the way and take up counter space and outlets.  This modern bath fan solves that problem while also creating great lighting.

Home Netwerks bluetooth fan

Home NetWerks™ Bluetooth® Bath Fan & Speaker In One with LED Light

Homewerks Worldwide LLC® has announced an exciting new addition to the first-of-its-kind Bluetooth®-enabled ventilation bath fan. Originally launched in 2013, the enhanced version of the patented bath fan, available at The Home Depot, comes equipped with Bluetooth® connectivity and an array of innovative features. The fan features 2 stereo speakers for rich quality sound, a bright LED light, a soothing blue night light, a wall switch and a waterproof remote control. After initial set-up the fan automatically pairs with the user’s smart device when in 30 feet of the speaker. The newest model, launching this fall, will feature a customize-able touch pad wall switch.

Priced at $159.00.

Available for purchase at The Home Depot or www.homedepot.com.

For more information, visit homewerksww.com/bluetooth-bath-fans/7130-02-bt.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HomewerksWorldwide

It can be a pain when your hands are dirty and you have to touch the faucet to turn it on.  This new technology from Moen eliminates that…making your life easier!

Moen Sto MotionSense

STō® with MotionSense™

Building on the success of MotionSense™, homeowners looking for a hands-free faucet with great style now have more options with the addition of STō® to the MotionSense collection. The new STō pulldown kitchen faucet with MotionSense offers a distinctly contemporary style with a tubular design and cube-shaped base. It’s available in Chrome and Moen’s exclusive Spot Resist™ Stainless, which helps resist fingerprints and water spots, maintaining the brilliance of the finish for the lifetime of the faucet.

STō with MotionSense priced at $825-$910 (depending on finish).

Go to www.moen.com and click on “Where to Buy” to find a showroom location near you.

For more information, visit www.moen.com.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/moen
Twitter: www.twitter.com/moen
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/moen
Instagram: www.instagram.com/moeninc

Smoke and CO alarms help save lives – but what happens if they sound when you aren’t home? Now, there’s an easy solution to give you peace of mind when you’re away.

remotelync

RemoteLync Monitor

Kidde’s RemoteLync Monitor offers peace of mind to homeowners when they are away. The Wi-Fi enabled notification device plugs into a single outlet and listens for a home’s existing smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, using a patented technology to distinguish between alarm beeps and background noise. When triggered by an alarm, the device alerts the homeowner and other designated contacts through a free app on iOS and Android devices, email and text message. There is an option to call 911 directly.

Priced at $99.00.

Available for purchase exclusively at The Home Depot in stores and online.

For more information, visit remotelync.kidde.com.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kidde
Twitter: @kiddesafety
Instagram: www.instagram.com/kiddefiresafety

Looking for a smart security system that won’t break the bank?  Guardzilla gives you a new level of comfort and security…keeping you connected to your home wherever you are.

Guardzilla Guardzilla

Guardzilla is an innovative, easy-to-use home security system revolutionizing the home security marketplace and redefining the meaning of a safe, smart home. With its smartphone connecting capability, siren alarm, real time video streaming, push notifications and discrete design, Guardzilla has quickly traveled to the forefront of affordable home security systems. Guardzilla’s intuitive, customizable system requires no installation making it simple for users to set up and stay connected to their homes. Experience a new level of home security with Guardzilla, now available at Best Buy and Target, coming soon to Walmart.

Priced at $99.00.

Available for purchase at Best Buy, Walmart and Target stores.

For more information, visit www.guardzilla.com.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/myguardzilla
Twitter: www.twitter.com/my_guardzilla #Guardzilla

Did you know you can use your smartphone to control your water heater with the tap of a button? GE Appliance’s new technology gives you the hot water you want, plus the cost savings you need.

 

GeoSpring

80-Gallon GeoSpring™ Hybrid Electric Water Heater

The 80-Gallon GeoSpring™ Hybrid Electric Water Heater exceeds the changes to the U.S. Department of Energy standards for water heaters, which took effect this April. The new unit is easy to install and saves the average household $376* every year compared to a standard electric water heater. It is the most efficient way to heat water and can be used with the ConnectPlus module, allowing users to control and monitor the water heater using the GeoSpring app on a smartphone.

Priced at $1,899**.

*Based on DOE test procedure and comparison of a 50-gallon standard electric tank water heater using 4646 kWh per year vs. the GE GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Water Heater using 1514 kWh per year.
**Resellers set their own retail prices.

Available for purchase online and through retail stores nationwide. For local utility incentives and zip code-enabled Rebate Finder, visit www.GeoSpring.com.

For more information on the connectivity feature, visit www.geappliances.com/ge/connected-appliances/geospring.htm?icid=GeoSpring_WiFihome.

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Twitter: @GE_Appliances
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/geappliances
Instagram: @geappliances

* Content Provided and Sponsored by Home Netwerks, Moen, Kidde, Guardzilla and GE

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