Having smart devices in your home

Over the last few years more and more smart devices are becoming available on the market. There are a number of different types of devices you can control through your smart phone or tablet such as lights, plugs, cameras and heating. Often you connect all of these smart devices to one main app or device such as an Alexa. This will then allow you to turn them on and off and create schedules for them. This can be really useful when you are away from home as you can make it appear as though people are in the house because the lights and TV etc can come on and off.

Some devices such as the Amazon Echo Show, allow you to video call your friends and family and also drop in on your device when you are away. Lots of people use these to drop in on their new puppy or to keep an eye on their home when on holiday. You do need to ensure that you have the devices set up correctly and that you set a password to make sure that they cannot be accessed without your permission as unfortunately the...
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Are cordless vacuum cleaners worth the extra money?

Many people are opting for cordless appliances these days as they can look a lot tidier (without all the cables) and are often more practical as you can use them around the home with ease.

When it comes to cleaning, a vacuum is essential and can make a huge difference to a room. Vacuuming is often required at least a few times a week in most homes if not every day in busy homes. There is such a massive array of vacuum cleaners on the market and the prices range drastically from around 50 for an upright corded vacuum upwards of a few hundred pounds. 7When making your decision you may not know which one to go for and it is easy to become overwhelmed with the choices available to you. You need to think carefully about which vacuum cleaner will best suit your needs. If you struggle to carry around a heavy one and just need to give the floors a quick once over then you may want to invest in a cordless vacuum. But id you have a large home or often vacuum for more than an 30 mins at a ...
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Finding an electrician to carry out electrical work in your home

If you need any electrical work carrying out in your home then you need to be sure that you use the right person or company for the job. Although there is no legal requirement to become an electrician, certain jobs do require the person to have an accreditation. You may want to check that the person has valid insurance that would cover them in case anything they did went wrong. You should also try and find out about the experience they have and how long they have been doing the job as often this is very important.

Every so often there is a new edition released which has the latest information on regulations regarding electrical wiring. Even if the electrician hasn’t yet completed their course, they should still be aware of the changes that have been introduced and ensure that any work they carry out adheres to it.

If you have a trades person working in your house then try not to go out of the property and leave them on their own. If you do have to do this then try and only ...
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Installing electric gates at your property

If you are considering having gates installed to the front of your property, then you may want to have electric ones. They offer several advantages over manual ones and can also add value to your home. You may even find that they help to bring your house insurance down and can act as a deterrent for burglars.

There are several different types of electric gates and you need to think carefully about how you will be using them in order to decide which ones will be best for you. If you often have visitors then you may want to install an intercom system on the gates too and a button to allow you to open them from inside your home. Although this may be more costly than a remote control set of gates, it can increase your security and make life a lot easier.

It is also a good idea to have pedestrian access so that you do not have to open the gates completely.  

The cost of electric gates can vary massively from around a couple of thousand pounds upwards of twenty thousand pounds. ...
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Choosing the right pc monitor for gaming

Pc gamers are now few and far between as games consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation are often the more popular choice. There are some games, especially old games that are only available on the PC but most other games are available on these other platforms now.

Gaming monitors are not only used for PC’s though, but many gamers are also now adding them to their consoles for an enhanced experience.

PC monitors often have a better specification as they usually have a higher refresh rate and a quicker response time than TV’s.

Using a gaming monitor for your games console also means that you can free up the TV for others to watch. This may be useful if you have family members that want to watch the telly.

Small gaming monitors from 22 inch to 27 inch range from about £100-£300 pounds but the larger gaming monitors can cost upwards of £600. You need to check the compatibility of the console to the monitor and decide if you want to use a HDMI lead or a VGA lead. If ...
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