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How to Make Your Home “Smart” in a Few Simple Steps

Not too long ago, smart homes seemed like an idea restricted to movies and television. However, smart home technology has made a major impact on the market and has become much more commonplace than we ever may have thought.

Homeowners are increasingly willing to introduce this new technology into their homes, because smart home devices allow you to keep your house safe while you live a bit more comfortably.

For many smart devices, controls are at your fingertips through smartphone apps or virtual assistance programs—even if you are miles away.

There are a huge variety of smart home technology devices available, each with their own unique purpose. If you are thinking of bringing new technology into your space, here are some tips and ideas for making your home a bit smarter.

Start by Choosing Your Assistant and Hardware

Some smart device brands are only compatible with certain assistant programs, so you should start by picking out your assistant program and accompanying hardware first. This will influence what smart technology devices you buy, as you’ll need to make sure everything in your home is compatible with your system. Programs like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri each have a variety of hardware options you can choose from.

Put Safety First

A lot of homeowners choose to start with safety when they are transforming their house into a smart home. By installing smart safety technology, you’ll strengthen the protection of your family members and belongings.

For monitoring your property, you can turn to security cameras. There are an abundance of choices on the market, so you can find one that works with your assistant program and fits your needs. Nest offers both outdoor and indoor cameras, with capabilities that allow you to watch everything that is happening in and around your house from your phone. The same company also offers a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, which sends alerts to your smartphone when there is any sign of danger.

Sleep Well with a Smart Bed

Smart beds will take your wellness to the next level. These innovative pieces implement technology that can help you get a better night’s sleep and improve sleep quality over time. Many have sensors that can track REM sleep, movement, breathing and snoring patterns, and more, and make suggestions based on that data. Some smart beds even adjust settings as you move throughout the night.

Get the Temperature Just Right and Save Energy

A smart thermostat is great not only for keeping the temperature just right—it can also help you save energy. It can detect when to shut off the heat or A/C when you aren’t home, so you won’t have to worry about leaving it running. Smart thermostats allow you to use a smartphone or a virtual assistant, so you can adjust your settings from anywhere in the house (or when you’re out and about).

Make Cleaning a bit Easier

Most people don’t enjoy cleaning but installing some smart tools into your home can make the process a bit less painful. The Bruno Smartcan has a suction device at the base, so you can simply sweep any crumbs or dust right to the pan, without needing a dust pan. It’ll also send reminders to your smartphone to take out the trash and buy more trash bags.

These are some of the top tips and ways to make a house a smart home, but there are tons of unique and helpful options available on the market. Think of ways you’d like to enhance your space and bring in smart technology to make those ideas a reality.

Blog contribution Courtesy of Elise Morgan 

 

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    The Joys of Summer in Our Area

    Summer in the White Mountains is jam-packed with adventure and activities including; hiking, swimming, bicycling, fishing, and so much more. Lincoln-Woodstock Chamber of Commerce has the lowdown on a variety of summertime fun. Of course, Clark's Trained Bear Show is a must see for kids of all ages, and nearby Whale's Tale provides a splash of refreshment on a hot summer day. While Broadway musicals entertain throughout the summer at Jean's PlayhouseWhite Mountain Boogie N' Blues is a rockin' weekend in August.

    Visit Loon Mountain, which offers a variety of summer adventures as well.  Check out the Loon mountain summer activities here.

    Maybe you are looking for yoga and fitness classes. Live a Little Yoga and Fitness offers a variety of amazing classes both indoors and out.  Check out their summer schedule.

    The Lincoln-Woodstock area also provides several great dining options. Get a glimpse of what is offered by viewing some of the local restaurants and menus.  Some offer outdoor seating, such as Gypsy Café, Pemi Public House and One Love Brewery.  So, if you take your dog along with you, they are also welcome to join you as you dine as well.

    Our office is staffed by area ‘locals’ and we would be more than happy to recommend an area activity, restaurant, or even share some of the “hidden gems” that only us ‘locals’ know about!  So, stop by the office and learn all there is to know about this amazing area from people who truly love and live in the area. We are excited to assist you in becoming a ‘local’ as well!

    Article courtesy of Maria D'Alessandro 

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      It's February Vacation!!

      Its February vacation and with nonstop snow fall, great bases on all the ski mountains, it's sure to be one of the best in years! Loon Mountain is boasting a 30 inch base right now with 60 of 61 trails open. And it's just not all about the skiing is also great snow tubing and snowshoe tours as well. #loonmountain #skinh     Conveniently located just a couple of miles off Exit 32 in Lincoln New Hampshire 

      For you snowmobilers we're also seeing some of the best conditions in years, for the latest trail reports  check out:  https://www.nhstateparks.org/activities/snowmobiling/trail-conditions 

      For you Cannon Mountain skiers there's a whopping 60 inch base at the summit with 91 trails open. Don't forget about the annual Bode Fest coming up on March 17. To register go to:   https://www.cannonmt.com/events/2019/03/17/bodefest

       

      While you're in the area be sure to visit the now famous Ice Castles in their new location in North Woodstock. Highly recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid the line in standby. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday go to: icecastles.com/newhampshire  For ticket information #icecastlesnh #woodstocknh #lincolnnh 

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        Loon Mountain News

        Winter is here and Loon Mountain is open in full swing. Upper Flume is open, giving them the most open terrain in NH !!  Triple Trouble opened, the first time in 35 years that it has opened in the month of November so Loon is of to a great start! Their snow makers are on the job on the main mountain plus South Peak. 

        Before you hit the slopes,  If you haven't heard yet... Texas Toast and Mary's crew have joined 'La Vista' at RiverWalk Resort Hotel!!!! Starting this Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 'The Toast at La Vista' will begin serving Breakfast!!! Open 8-11:30 midweek and 7-11:30 Sat/Sun so stop on in and enjoy the same great breakfast in a new location. Happy Holidays!!!

        Woodstock Winter Festival- 10th Annual!

        December 12, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

         Hosted by Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce

        The Town of Woodstock invites you to celebrate Winter! 
        Enjoy tasty treats and receive local discounts as you stroll along Main Street. Get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride, cookie decorating, and caroling. 

        More information will be posted on the event as we get closer!
        Questions on the event? 
        Contact the Town of Woodstock 603-745-8752

         

         

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          Fall has arrived in The White Mountains!

           The temperatures are dropping and the leaves are just start to show signs of color here in the Loon Mountain region of the White Mountains.  The New Hampshire Highland Games held at Loon Mountain over the weekend was another huge success with beautiful weather for all the to enjoy.

           Reports say last evening with all the precipitation and cooler weather the tops of Cannon and Lafayette Mountains both saw their first snowflakes which means ski season is right around the corner.  Local ski shops such as The Great American Ski Renting Company and Rodgers Ski & Sport Shop are having some great early season sales so make sure you take advantage of all the great deals and get your gear before the big rush.

           Take a little break from your shopping and be sure to stop by local favorites like The Woodstock Inn in North Woodstock, NH as well as Gordi’s Fish & Steakhouse or The Pigs Ear BBQ in Lincoln, NH for a bite to eat.

          Yes, the 2018-2019 ski season is upon us here in Lincoln NH and it’s going to be a great one!!

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            Welcome to our new blog!

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