The growing world of home sensors…

Air quality is an interesting problem. Many home weather stations now also measure indoor and outdoor air quality. If you suffer from allergies that is a good thing, you know the bad pollen and mold days before you go out. For me, this fall has been the worse in the past few years, because of all the water. Water over time creates mold/ Of all the things in the air that get to me; mold is the number one thing. Noise but that tends to come from humans also bugs me. People that don’t bathe regularly bugs my nose as well, but mold makes me sneeze. Knowing before I got out is critical for me personally. The same is true for the temperature, that can vary from the NWS feed (downtown Germantown) versus the burbs (where we live).

The concept of sensors is interesting. There are many more sensors you can have in your home now than in the past — not a great plant caretaker (like me!) you can buy a soil sensor for your plants. It tells you the optimal soil moistness for the plant you are caretaking, it also reminds you and send notifications to your phone, so you can’t forget. There are many other home sensors you can add. There are the traditional sensor arrays leveraged for home security. Glass Break, motion and door sensors that notify you of activity in your home. You can also get Hue lights that have a connected (IoT) aspect where the lights can be controlled by an application on your phone.

Or, a sleep sensor. Sleep sensors can be fitbits you are wearing, or they can be mattress covers. I like the product from Eight. It was previously called Luna. Eight is a device that covers your bed. Finally, there is the growing world of smart thermostats and smart smoke detectors (from your furnace company or Google). These allow you to connect your furnace to your cellular device. Or your smoke detector. They, the smoke detector also handle CO detection. CO being odorless, it is a good thing to have someone in your house that measure the impact of the deadly gas. That way if you drive away for vacation, you can still set your thermostat down in the winter (and up in the summer) while you aren’t home. Then, connect on your way home and set your house to a comfortable return temperature!

  • Does your furnace have a smart themostat?

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  • Do you have any of the Nest products from google?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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  1. I do not deny the utility of some sensors, like CO2, doors and windows, furnace but some other sensors I can do without like the soil sensor (as I do not have one little bit of a green thumb), temperature and such. I personally find that technology is going overboard especially in the house setting. I think it does make people more forgetful and lazy. I do not want to insult you Doc and other Virilyans but work has never killed anybody unless you overdo it and work in a dangerous environment which I am sure is better dealt with because of the presence of sensors.

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