Typically smart home tech focuses on convenience features like voice controlled lights and thermostats, but there’s much more to upgrading your home. That’s where Flo fits in.
With Flo, you can prevent wasting water, find leaks you didn’t even know you had and automatically shut off your water from your phone.
While it’s still new this smart home tool already saved homeowners over 1 million gallons of water and 60% of homeowners discovered a previously unknown leak after installing it.
The average home wastes 17 gallons of water every day, that’s over 6,000 gallons of water a year. That’s almost enough to fill a round above ground pool halfway.
To combat water waste and the expensive repairs needed to fix damage from water leaks, you can use Flo to get alerts on your home’s water system. The average water damage claim on home insurance is $8,000, with lengthy repair times and cleanup.
The video above walks through the Flo features including the ability to run a Health Test of your home’s water system. The tool tests your water system every day to make sure things are working right. This will help you discover leaks and other issues in your plumbing before they are a major problem.
Unlike a water sensor that alerts you when it’s already too late. And that requires you to get home and manually turn off the water. Flo will automatically shut the water off if it detects a massive leak. It will also alert you in the app. You can connect with a support team to help you find the right course of action to fix problems.
With the optional Flo Protect system the company covers the cost of your insurance deductible if you suffer water damage. This also includes proactive monitoring from the Flo support team. Best of all, you get enhanced water usage data that breaks down the usage by fixture or appliance.
With Flo installed you may get a homeowner’s insurance discount. Use the Flo discount checker to find out how much you may save in water and insurance by installing Flo.
There is a Flo compatibility checker that you can fill out to see if Flo works with your home. If you run into issues, you can contact the company to find out if it will work for you.
Flo is $499 as a standalone device. You can add FloProtect for $5 a month for the added monitoring and protection.
Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant
The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant is an awesome new way to use the Google Assistant in your home -- and with a screen.
Essentially the Lenovo Smart Display is a vastly better version of Amazon Echo that looks like it should be in your home and with loads of features that Alexa doesn't deliver.
The Smart Display is a Google Home with a screen, that comes in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes. In addition to standard Google Assistant controls, you can also interact with touch, and you can see your results on the screen. This works great with YouTube and other video results, recipes, directions and other activities.
The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant built in is $199 for the 8-inch model and $249 for the 10-inch model with Bamboo back. The Smart Display arrives in early Summer 2018.
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