Smart home products with all the bells and whistles usually get a lot of attention, while the ones that simply function and make life easier only get some brief hype. While everyone else is focusing on the 'oohs' and 'aahs' of the latest tech, Timothy Dahl rounded up a few gadgets that shouldn't be overlooked.
The Nest Learning Thermostat and the Philips Hue White Dimming Bulb topped Dahl's list as affordable smart home features that do their job and don't empty the wallet.
The two items to really pay attention to are the Haiku residential ceiling fans from Big Ass Fans and the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. The Haiku fan is sleek in design and packs a punch with its technology. It connects to both Echo and Nest and works to optimize when you need a fan versus air conditioning. It also beat Energy Star standars by 1,200%.
The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller saves homeowners 50% on their watering bills via a Wi-Fi enabled sprinkler system. It also receives local weather updates and adjusts the watering schedule to rain forecasts.