Smart Home Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring smart home ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.


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5 Savvy Uses for Smart Lighting

Sure, you’ll never have to come home to a dark house again. But this technology is also helpful when it comes to home security, monitoring energy usage, and more

All About Smart Thermostats

Home technology expert Ross Trethewey explains everything there is to know about modern smart thermostats.

Future House | Understanding Heat Pumps

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Tretheway explains everything you need to know about heat pumps.

Smart Home: A Brainier Backyard

As smart tech aimed at outdoor living evolves, the range of tasks it can handle—from lighting the patio to freeing you from the grill to robo-mowing the grass—is more impressive than ever.

Smart Tips to Keep Cool Indoors This Summer

With these rebates and energy-saving programs, prepping your home to be cooler this summer is no sweat. Read on to learn more.

Stay Safe, Comfortable, and Connected During Summer and Fall 

Easy ways to live a greener lifestyle by conserving energy while staying—and playing—at home

How Do Smart Thermostats Work?

Learn about features, installation, and the difference between traditional and smart thermostats.

Streaming Services | Play it Again, Alexa

Streaming services have taken the music industry by storm. If you’re just wading in, here’s how to choose the perfect setup for your home

Best TVs for Super Bowl LIII

January 25, 2019 Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, explore top-rated TVs from Amazon. Special Game Day Deals inside

Better Home Theater

It might be time to up your living room’s game, now that prices have dropped dramatically.

Best Tech Gifts | Gift Guide 2018

The latest smart-home gadgets and the best tech accessories for home and office DROP A HINT! See something you want? Use the social media buttons below to share on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest and drop a not-so-subtle hint

Best Smart Home Products

The pros at share their top product picks, including "smart" bulbs, locks, smoke detectors, and more

Future House | Energy Monitor Update

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey update host Kevin O’Connor on a Future House technology

Future House | Touring a Napa Valley Smart House

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey travels to Napa to tour a house that’s testing out a variety of interconnected smart home devices

Keep Track of Home Maintenance with the Centriq Home App

As seen on the season 16 premiere of Ask This Old House

How to Use a Home Organization App

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey and Centriq co-founder and co-CEO James Sheppard walk through the features of the Centriq app, which is designed to be a central hub for home organization, repair, and maintenance.

Future House | Road Testing Smart Home Devices

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey visits a hotel room that’s powered by voice activation and tablet apps

Future House | Voice Activated Home Speakers

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey shows Kevin two models of voice-activated smart devices.

Future House | Smarter Home Electrical Metering

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey learns about a new device which tracks home energy usage

Really Smart Homes

There are a lot of choices these days in the way of connected devices for a safer, more secure, and more convenient home. Maybe too many. To help you figure it out, here are 5 starter kits tailored to 5 very different types of homes and homeowners

On Smart Homes: Fact Is, We're All Getting Smarter

Editor Scott Omelianuk on smart home technology

How One Family Did a Smart-Home Upgrade

The Johnsons upgraded their home with app-controlled gadgets to make life easier, safer, and cost-effective