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How Do Smart Thermostats Work?

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


How to Install a Smart Thermostat

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows a homeowner how to install and operate an energy-saving smart thermostat


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

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.

How to Stop Smart Home Devices from Spying on You

Smart home devices are great for making life more convenient. But who else might be listening when we tell our lights to turn on?


How to Install an Electronic Dead Bolt

Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shows a homeowner how to install a Bluetooth-enabled smart-lock dead bolt for his front door

5 Best Smart Thermostats (2022 Review)

Upgrade your home with one of these best smart thermostats that come with remote controlling, temperature scheduling, and usage reporting, among other features.

Smart light switch

Building Breakthroughs: Smart Light Switches

TOH smart home tech expert Ross Trethewey teaches a new trade apprentice how retrofitting new smart lighting systems into old houses provides more user control, energy savings, and peace of mind.


Building Breakthroughs: Innovative Geothermal

There is a growing demand for renewable energy. TOH smart home tech expert Ross Trethewey explores recent innovations in geothermal drilling that will save time on the job site—and save money for homeowners.

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

Ross Trethewey installs a smart thermostat

How to Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat with Four Wires | This Old House: Live

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey demonstrates how to install a new smart thermostat without an existing common wire. This video is part of This Old House: Live—an initiative providing daily programming and opportunities to connect with our experts during these challenging times.


This Home Organization App Helps You Tackle Home Repairs

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey gives an update on an app that helps you tackle home maintenance and home repair issues.

All About Smart Homes

Learn about what makes up a smart home.

Sun Tracking Solar Panels

Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular in residential areas, but the reality is that not every house is fit for this technology. Richard dives into the smart technology that has increased the efficiency of solar panels, by taking them off the roof

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


Future House | Smart Water Valve

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey travels to Los Angeles to learn about innovations being made to automatic water shutoff valves

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

Keep Track of Home Maintenance with the Centriq Home App

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


How to Install Smart Smoke and CO Detectors

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron installs smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in this edition of DIY Smarts.


Idea House 2017 | Smart Home Solutions

Simple to use, easy to install, and value enhancing—check out the innovative smart systems at the TOH Beach 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


Future House | How to Install a Robotic Wall

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey helps install a robotic wall to maximize space for a small, urban apartment in Future House.

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

Smart Ideas for Built-in Efficiency Around the Home

TOH’s 2016 Idea House uses a variety of built-in storage options