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SmartDry laundry sensor review: This quick fix can make your old, dumb clothes dryer smart(er)

This inexpensive wireless sensor can reduce the amount of energy your home consumes drying your laundry.

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SmartAC.com says its sensors and service can predict HVAC maintenance needs and prevent costly breakdowns

With hot summer months approaching rapidly, SmartAC.com says its system and services can keep your central air conditioning operating at peak efficiency.

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Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector review: This early-warning device can protect your home from water damage

Water damage is the most common--and most costly--risks your home will ever face. This sensor will raise the alarm almost immediately, so you can take corrective action.

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

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Airthings Hub review: Now you can get your Wave air quality readings on demand

The Hub adds your Wave air quality monitors to your home network, so you can get the most up-to-date readings from anywhere.

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The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

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Konnected Alarm Panel Starter Kit review: Ditch your outdated alarm panel, but re-use all its sensors

With this tiny circuit board, you can incorporate your old-school wired sensors into most any modern smart home system.

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D-Link to yank IFTTT support for older smart home devices by the end of the year

Some of D-Link’s older and discontinued smart plugs, cameras, and sensors will lose IFTTT integration in December.

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How to make your Google/Nest smart speakers, displays, and cameras listen for suspicious sounds

Thanks to Google’s new Nest Aware plans, Google Home and Nest devices can now keep an ear out for the sounds of smoke alarms and breaking glass.

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Ring Smart Lighting Solar Pathlight review: Everything we loved about the original model, and less (batteries, that is)

You'll get the most value from this great path light if you've also invested in—or plan to—other home security devices in the ever-widening Ring ecosystem.

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Pricey smart water valves are worth the investment, LexisNexis survey says

Not only should homeowners consider investing in smart water shut-off valves, insurers should offer incentives for installing them, according to the report.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

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iSmartgate Pro review: This smart garage door opener fails to deliver on its big promises

This garage door controller is difficult to install, and suffers significant problems, including frequent disconnects.

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Awair Element indoor air-quality monitor review: New look, lower price tag, same accurate readings

Awair's latest indoor air-quality monitor has an updated design, but still makes it easy to track indoor pollutants.

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The Kangaroo Privacy Camera has a lens that turns opaque when you’re home

When its lens turns solid gray, you’ll know that Kangaroo’s Privacy Camera isn’t watching you and that its microphone is switched off.

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iClever Indoor Air Quality Monitor review: App issues spoil this indoor air quality monitor

While the monitor itself works well, its companion app provided inconsistent readings.

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First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It's an inspired, if expensive, idea

Here's a clever way to get a smart speaker into every room without cluttering up every room with a smart speaker.

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First Alert’s Alexa-enabled Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector is getting AirPlay 2 support

Yes, you can now stream music to your Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector via your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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