October 27, 2017
10 Safety Tips To Follow During Halloween

The apples have been bobbed, the pumpkins are carved, the cobwebs are hung, and the spooky movie marathon has been viewed, leading up to one of the most anticipated nights of the year for both kids and adults: Halloween.   But some Halloween statistics can be pretty frightening. According...
READ MORE
August 9, 2017
Do’s and Don’ts to Safeguarding Your Home While on Vacation

“We live on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen.” - Buzz McCallister, Home Alone   Over the course of this summer, half of the American population are setting their emails to “out-of-office,” packi...
READ MORE
July 31, 2017
Sit Back and Unwind This Summer with American Modern’s Pool Safety Guide

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s likely you and your family are spending a lot of time cooling off by the pool. American Modern® knows it’s important to create poolside memories with your family and friends, and that’s why we’ve created this essential summer guide to keeping your bac...
READ MORE
June 28, 2017
Tiny Homes Thrive with Innovative Smarts

When American Modern finished our very own LivingWise smart home, we set out to discover if and how smart technologies could fit into an even smaller footprint, say between 100-400 square feet. The tiny home movement is now more mainstream than Elvis, who coincidentally was born in a tiny two-roo...
READ MORE
April 20, 2017
The Secret to Safeguarding Your Gadgets? Be Your Own Hero.

We are increasingly living in the age of gadgets-as-gifts, where sentiment and technology go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate. Let’s face it: most of us are either too giddy or paralyzed in food comas during the holidays to stop and think about safeguarding all of our new tech gifts...
READ MORE
March 9, 2017
How I Keep My Teenagers Safe by Minimally Annoying Them within our Smart Home

  Having two teenage daughters is simultaneously a father’s proudest achievement and worst nightmare. A double-edged sword that is a blessing and a curse all packed into one shining symbol of authority and protection. On one end, a hope to shape young women to be kind, smart, and independe...
READ MORE
November 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
5 smart devices to protect your home during the holidays

If you're like me, my studies, you're gearing up for the holiday shuffle, hopping from one home to the next and soaking up as much holiday cheer as possible. Since so many of us travel during the holidays and because home thefts tend to increase this time of year, now is a great time to think about ...
READ MORE
September 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
Valuable Lessons in Preventing Water Damage

After two-and-a-half hours, 416 gallons of water, and several million paper towels, we finally wrapped our flood test. So, slip on your galoshes my studies, and let's take a closer look. Check out this video to see how we flooded the house and the kind of damage it caused. I'll give you a hint; i...
READ MORE
September 13, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
Opening the flood gates

I crave peace and tranquility, my studies, so when I heard the news that we were planning an experiment to see how the house's building materials and sensors reacted to water, it nearly knocked me off my bare feet. They weren't referring to the serene trickling fountain in my meditation garden ei...
READ MORE
June 29, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
Chance to win a $500 gift card.

Share FORTIFIED Home™ On the Go for a chance to win a $500 Home Depot Gift Card. We are very excited to tell you that Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (“Munich Re, US”), has just launched a new iPad app—FORTIFIED Home™ On the Go. It’s free from the iTunes Store for homeowners, contrac...
READ MORE
June 28, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
What Is a FORTIFIED Home™? And why would want one?

Fortified comes from the Latin word for “strong” and that’s just what homeowners get with a FORTIFIED designation—assurance their home will be better able to withstand extreme weather events. In essence, FORTIFIED is a set of superior construction standards developed by the Insurance Inst...
READ MORE
March 24, 2016
Shannon Lewandowski |
The Big Reveal: Our Finished LivingWise Home

It's been many months, my studies. We've learned much together: how to engage with our surroundings in smart, sustainable ways, how to build structures that reduce our environmental footprints, and how  to look at the world around us with fresh eyes. Today, we're happy to show you the LivingWise...
READ MORE
March 10, 2016
Shannon Lewandowski |
Tips for Making Site Clean-Up Simple

Good day, my studies. Ready for today's learning? Come in. Sit down. When we began our LivingWise journey together all those months ago, we set out to build a home for the 21st Century — one built with an eye toward environmental responsibility — using sustainable materials, smart technology ...
READ MORE
February 25, 2016
Shannon Lewandowski |
Smart Thermostat: A Wise Option For Your Home

Hello, my studies. Spring is just around the corner and, in many areas of the country, the temperature this time of year can vary widely one day to the next. That can make indoor temperature control difficult for homeowners, who have to turn down the heat today, only to turn it up again tomorrow. ...
READ MORE
January 14, 2016
LivingWise Guru |
When spring storms arrive, a FORTIFIED® Home can withstand more.

Now that winter has arrived, you're all thinking about ice, snow and staying warm, aren't you, my studies? But one of the tenets of LivingWise is thinking ahead. And before you know it, spring — with its winds and sometimes severe storms — will be here. It's good that we look ahead now, so th...
READ MORE
December 11, 2015
LivingWise Guru |
Your Chance To Win $100! Help LivingWise Build A Wiser Wonderland This Holiday.

Happy holidays, my studies! I love this time of year: the cheeriness, the increased awareness of how our actions affect others, the clean scent of pine and fresh-fallen snow. But every year, I find myself wondering more and more how we can reduce our holiday footprint. Did you know that, accor...
READ MORE
December 3, 2015
LivingWise Guru |
The Wisdom of Paying Attention to Your Pipes This Winter

Hello, studies. How were your Thanksgiving celebrations? Now that all our bellies are full, let's look ahead to something many of us forget to properly prepare our homes for: winter. It is, after all, just around the corner. In some parts of the country, temperatures are already dipping below the...
READ MORE
December 2, 2015
LivingWise Guru |
7 Smart Ways to Prevent Holiday Theft

Good day, my studies. Are you ready for the winter holidays? Today I want to speak to you about something important: protecting yourself from holiday-related thefts. It's matter of course that, around the holidays, thefts occur more frequently. With many people shopping for gifts online these day...
READ MORE
November 23, 2015
Shannon Lewandowski |
Ducts or No Ducts? That is the Question.

Updating an older home and don’t want to open up the walls to run new ducts? Want to heat or cool one room, but not the whole house? A ductless HVAC system like ours may be something to consider. In this segment of American Modern’s LivingWise, we’ll share some of the reasons we choose this in...
READ MORE
November 17, 2015
LivingWise Guru |
Decorate Safely and Wisely for the Holidays

Are you getting excited about the winter holidays, studies? Many of you are probably thinking about putting up outdoor lights or Christmas trees soon. Some of you may be planning Chanukah or Kwanzaa celebrations and setting out menorahs or kinaras. And some of you may be looking forward to long w...
READ MORE