home life

  • Considering a Move? Here's Why Condos Might be Better Than a House

    For many people, the idea of owning a house is the epitome of the American dream. However, as someone who has owned both a home and a condo and currently lives in a loft rented from a landlord, the reality is more complicated than one being simply better than the other. Here's some advantages of owning a condo that might just make it more appealing than home ownership.

  • Introducing the AirFree Iris 3000 Air Purifier

    With winter over and spring descending on the country, it's time to clean the home as well suffer from allergies, dust, and other pollutants from outside. Luckily, the folks at AirFree sent us their new Iris 3000 Air Purifier to help sanitize the air and destroy some of those particles that make you sick like pollens and dust mites. They sent it to us a few weeks ago and we've been testing it out since then, here's what we learned during our review.

  • How To Clear Your Garage and Turn it Into a Mancave Party Pad

    It's spring and that means that it's time for "Spring Cleaning"... that's never fun for anyone, but now's a great time to clean up your garage. While you might have shoved stuff in your garage over the winter, chances are you could use some extra space this summer for everything from a mancave, party pad, workshop - or even parking a car. We like the idea of turning it into a mancave most though!

  • Tips to Keep Your AC Running Smoothly

    Air Conditioning is an essential part of life nowadays, and anything of real value needs utmost care and attention. Are there hot and cold spots in your air-conditioned room? Do you have pressure imbalance - strange whistling noises, doors closing by themselves, drafty areas - anywhere? Are you getting little to no air coming from your AC? Is your AC blowing warm air? Now that spring is here, it is the perfect time to take a look at your air conditioner and plan for any updates that might be needed - before the summer rush!

  • Cox Smart Home Enables Freedom, Mobility, and Higher Quality Life As We Get Older

    When I told friends and family that I was invited to go see a smart house configured by Cox Communications with all their awesome Cox Homelife goodies and those other smart home companies, they all asked me if it was going to be like The Jetsons’ home. I had to laugh because many of us still have the Jetsons’ in our heads when we think about smart homes when in reality it is not that extreme and much more interesting. While there were gee-whiz experiences such as the ability to travel the world through VR and personal helper robots, it's exciting to realize that these things are all here today and able to help make our lives better as we age.

  • How to Build a Great Home Gym

    With the weather turning cold, I know that many of you are looking at your basement or garage and thinking how nice it would be to build a home gym - rather than trudge through the cold for your daily fitness routine. Let's take a look at how you can do things right!

  • Why Ethanol is Bad For Your Lawn Mower and Other Power Tools

    I've been a fan of TruFuel for a while now - frankly speaking, it's convenient and less messy than having to mix petrol and oil to make it the right formula for my 2-stroke engine power tools. That was enough for me, I'm generally pretty happy just that something saves me time and energy. What about that third selling point though, the fact that it contains no ethanol. Why is ethanol bad though and how does it actually hurt your engine? Let's take a look...

  • How to Pick the Right Table Saw For DIY Home Improvement Projects

    With the hot days of summer rapidly coming to an end, it's time to start thinking about how you will be spending those cold winter days. For many of you that means spending time in the garage or shop getting home improvement projects done. Even if it's more of an excuse to spend some man time alone, rather than actually getting a DIY project done the simple fact remains - this is a great time to start thinking about what tools you might want to add to your collection this year!

  • MYCHANIC Sidekick Stool and Blade Light Make Great Gifts for Guys

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    When it comes to products designed to help around the home, there are a lot of options out there that range from cool looking gadgets that don't really work to practical ones that are rather mundane. That's a challenge for anyone looking to buy something as a gift for those special men in their lives. On one hand, you can pick something that just looks cool - or you can get him something that he will actually be able to use and appreciate. Luckily, the Sidekick Stool and Blade Light that we received has the best of both categories.

  • Zmodo and the Future of the Smart Home

    A few weeks ago, I was invited to speak at Zmodo's CES booth about smart home technology and how it's changing lives. This is a topic that I am particularly passionate about since it has the potential to turn the boxes we call homes and truely turn them into something special. Over the past several decades we've been chasing this ideal with rudimentary switches to turn things on and off, but few companies are actually approaching the point where they are able to bring everything together and that's one of the reasons I love the folks at Zmodo.

  • Saves Money & Looks Great: WiserAir Smart Thermostat Review

    While most "smart home" gadgets are designed simply to make your life easier or just more fun, some can actually justify the expense by saving you money. That's the case with the smart thermostat category, so I was thrilled to spend some time reviewing the WiserAir smart thermostat from Schneider Electric.

  • Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener Review

    Smart homes are the future, but most technology that you see today is related to inside the home or connected to security. One area that you don't hear much about is smart garages so when I got the opportunity to have one of my writers share his experience checking out the new Chamberlain Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener we jumped at the opportunity.

  • Technology to Keep Your Home Safe and Secure While Traveling

    Are you planning a summer vacation this year? If you are, I'm sure one of the things you are worried about is keeping your house safe and secure. As you know, I'm a huge fan of smart home technology and so when I got the chance to check out some of the latest products from August Home it reminded me that while technology is important there are other things that are important things to remember too.

  • Gladiator GearBox Review - Like a Safe For Your Tools!

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gladiator GarageWorks. All opinions are 100% mine.

    I have been a fan of the Gladiator brand for many years. Sometimes though, it's hard to believe that the same company (Whirlpool) that makes machines designed for the kitchen and laundry room can make some of the toughest, most manly organization products on the market today. Well, actually that's not so surprising when you think about the durability and design that everyone loves from their products in the Kitchenaid, Whirlpool, and Maytag brands. But when it comes to the garage, Gladiator is one of my favorite brands and once you experience it yourself, you'll see why.

  • Tips To Make Sure Your Garage Is Ready for Fall

    Winter is coming and that means that you are about to put away your leaf blowers and string trimmers but also prepare your winter gear like snowblowers, chainsaws, and generators. When I was younger I thought it was simply enough to empty the gas from these machines and store them away where it was dry. While that's is still important, over the years I've learned that the harsh winter conditions need more preparation than this to ensure that my machines are ready to fire up again in the spring.

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