NuBryte Touchpoint Review: Smart Lighting, Not Smart Security

Imagine a burglar attempts a break-in and he trips up the motion sensors in the home. Immediately your lights begin to flash on and off to startle the intruder and alert both you and all of your neighbors that an...

What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do You Need?

Fire extinguishers can seem like simple things, but homeowners trying to buy one can find themselves plunged into a dizzying set of choices between water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical extinguishers. “The whole field of fire extinguishers is a...

Power Strip and Surge Protector Safety

Using power strips and surge protectors safely means understanding the difference between the two. “Very often power strips and surge (protectors) are mistaken for each other,” says Underwriter Laboratories’ consumer safety director John Drengenberg, an electrical engineer with decades of...

Where Should You Live During Home Renovation?

Whether you are remodeling the home, reconstructing an entire portion of a house, or have a few minor maintenance jobs to do, choosing whether or not to live in a home during the process is an important decision. There are...

What Drake Should Have Done to Stop His Home From Being Broken Into

Fortunately, Drake's break-in didn’t escalate from 0-to-100 real quick.  An intruder was found entering Drake’s Southern California house, but the woman didn’t do any damage, she simply indulged on water and sodas. There was no evidence anything else was taken...

What To Do If Your Home Has Been Burglarized

Burglaries are events that leave victims feeling a number of emotions: anger, fear, violation, confusion, anxiousness, and many others. These emotions arise in the immediate aftermath of a break-in, but in these moments it’s important to respond effectively and immediately...

House Hacks That Make Your Life Easier

Life is hectic and fast-paced. Our day-to-day lives are filled with responsibilities to take care of, and we all want ways to make chores simpler, easier to manage, and we want approaches to chores that will actually save us time...

Where was the First Smart House?

In our previous blog post, we explored the beginning of home automation and when it was invented by humans. As we learned, the first instance wasn’t in a physical space, but a creative capacity when Ray Bradbury wrote the short...

Who Invented the Smart House?

Humans doing all they can to make life simpler and more efficient has been a common thread throughout human history. All civilizations have found ways to eliminate or automate some of the difficult and tedious aspects of life. This has been...

Where’s the Best Location to Place a Home Security Camera?

Burglars are savvy criminals that often target homes or businesses that they’ve scouted for some time. Though many burglaries are crimes of opportunity—a door or window was left open—many are methodical. Understanding how to protect homes is important to protect...

An Inside Look at Security Systems of the Past

As long as there have been human beings who own property and have family to protect, there's been a need for security. Primitive humans of the past might have been left with only the resources of sticks, stones, and bow...