Technology is always full of surprises. Who knew something as common to a household as draperies could make such a huge improvement in your comfort, convenience, and energy bill. Of course, I’m not talking about ordinary window drapes and shades. The types I’m referring to are able to be attached to motorized tracks and rods and then be automated to open and close at certain times of the day, when someone walks into or out of a room, or based on the amount of sunlight available. You’ll see in this issue’s exclusive coverage of motorized window treatments how form and function come together to effortlessly manage every aspect of your home environment.
No home is complete without entertainment, and it’s the TV that seems to be leading the charge in this arena, as manufacturers continue to pack an array of exciting and engaging new features into them. On the surface, the new generation of TV sets doesn’t look much different than the flat-panel display you’ve had hanging over the fireplace for a few years, but these TVs are massively smarter, friendlier, and more fun than any set you’ve ever owned. Explore what’s new in our comprehensive Smart TV Buying Guide. You’ll learn the features to look for, what differentiates one smart TV from another, and innovative ways they’re able to expand your entertainment horizons.
As the technology inside our homes becomes more sophisticated, so are the standard electrical outlets into which everything is plugged. Well, maybe not the electrical outlets themselves, but the special components that piggyback onto them to ensure that the power that flows through them and into TVs, motorized drapery systems, and more, is clean and efficient. In other words, they eradicate the potential for spikes, dips, and other electrical anomalies, effectively protecting our electronic products and systems from damage. The “power protection” boxes that make this happen are about as nondescript as a cable box—very ordinary looking, in fact—but are becoming an increasingly important part of a smart electronic home. Make sure to heed Jason Griffing’s advice on how to protect all the common—and not so common—electronic devices in your home. You’ll save yourself the heartache and money of costly repairs and replacements, and that’s something every household can appreciate.