CATEGORIES / Innovative
August 9, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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,” packing their bags, and embarking on well-thought-out vacations. While you’re jotting down a list to remember everything from sunscreen to passports, American Modern® has prepared a floor-to-ceiling list that will prep your home for security while you are sipping out of coconuts or slipping into water...
July 31, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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 backyard pool oasis secure and safe.   With drowning being the leading cause of accidental death in young children between the ages of 1-4, there are easy steps you can take to keep your children and others safe while enjoying summer’s favorite pastime. The following tips will make all the...
Protecting your home and family with smart technology
June 28, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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-room shotgun house no more than 15 feet wide. In America, tiny homes have a rich, but uncelebrated history (unless the home happens to be the birthplace of Elvis Aaron Presley). But we know Elvis left his humble shotgun childhood home and grew into a superstar, moving into the super-sized lavish Gr...
April 20, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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. But it’s finally time to ask, “Have you taken the best measures to protect your shiny new gizmos?” American Modern, ever the technology enthusiasts, brings you simple, yet hardcore advice so that you can be your own hero when it comes to keeping your gadgets secure. Insuring your gadgets ...
Protecting your family with smart technology
March 9, 2017
LivingWise Guru
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 independent; on the other end, a silent wish to put them under house arrest so they can never be harmed or much worse, speak to boys. You could say I’m a proud Dad who is still learning the art of trusting my teenagers with the help of smart technology in our home. Devices and apps make it a little easi...
SmartThermostat
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. Reactive temperature control can be costly. You know that cars burn more gasoline at engine start-up or when accelerating than they do when maintaining cruise speed — the same principle applies for home heating. More electricity or natural gas is used to catch back up on cooler days if the temper...
Installing a smart water sensor
October 7, 2015
Shannon Lewandowski
Preventing damage with water sensors

Water from leaking or frozen pipes can cause a lot of damage. Experts from Hartford Steam Boiler explain how water sensors equipped with smart technology can help eliminate many of the risks associated with water damage in your home....
September 17, 2015
Shannon Lewandowski
What’s New in Smart Security?

In this episode of American Modern’s LivingWise, we take security to the next level and explore some really smart options. You’ll hear about the security measures our expert partners at Hartford Steam Boiler have installed and how they’ll make our home even safer....
Explore all the possibilities for a connected home
September 10, 2015
LivingWise Guru
Explore all the possibilities for a connected home

Author: Hartford Steam Boiler LivingWise is all about knowing your options and making smart, informed decisions for your home. Have a look at some of the innovative new ways you can get connected for more comfort, security, convenience and energy savings. ...
smart home with HSB
August 26, 2015
Shannon Lewandowski
Getting to Know the Connected Home

It’s time to start networking our home to be both smart and connected. So we called in our expert partners from Hartford Steam Boiler. They handled the installation of some really innovative home technologies. In this video segment of American Modern’s LivingWise, they answer some commonly asked questions about building a smart, connected home. Have a look!...