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What is next for homes of the future

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Smart home technology is becoming increasingly important to both developers – through their apartment plans – and the Australian consumer – as a way to save on energy bills.

But for LG, the next step in smart homes is all about artificial intelligence (or AI), with its idea first outlined at the technology fair CES 2018 in Las Vegas, and with more details coming at the IFA Global Innovations Show.

Does this mean after years of being yelled at, your television will finally start yelling back? Well, not really – although if you ask your smart speaker nicely, it will sing for you.

The proposed idea is that while refrigerators, televisions, dishwashers, washing machines and lights could respond to voice commands, they might also learn from your daily habits to the extent that they’ll already know what to do before you tell them.

It won’t involve needing to learn a whole new operating system, either. Senior director of LG Global Communications, Ken Hong, said that the key to success was complementing existing technology, and embracing tech that buyers were already familiar with.

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3 energy savings ways to keep your house cooler this summer

A portable air conditioner or window unit can keep your place nice and chill even during the hottest summer months. But if you’re looking for a way to stay cool without blowing up your energy bills, consider these ways to air out your home without cranking the A/C.

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Best for: A single floor

If there’s a breeze, open a window on the side of the house receiving the breeze, and another on the opposite side. Using a smaller opening on the breeze (intake) side and a larger opening on the exhaust side will increase the airspeed through the house. Strategically open and close doors to force air through the rooms you want to cool. If there isn’t a breeze, you can use fans to create one. The intake window should be on the home’s coolest external wall; put a fan in the window facing into the room to suck in cool air. A fan facing out an open window on another external wall exhausts warm air.

read more at: https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/a21272176/energy-saving-house-cool/

The secret to keeping your bedroom cool on hot summer nights

It’s official – the chill of winter is just a memory and we can emerge from our warm, stuffy burrows to sniff the air and greet the sun. Although summer brings an invigorating feeling of freedom from bundling up in woolly layers and hogging the heater, clammy summer nights frequently impair effective sleep. Here’s how to keep cool in the bedroom and increase all-important rest time.

Love your linen
Bedlinen has a significant effect on sleep quality. In hot weather, the prime factors are breathability, and moisture-wicking, the ability of fabric to draw moisture from skin to outer layers of clothing or release it into the air. Natural fabrics are more effective at this than blends containing polyester or other synthetics. Cotton and linen are superb for breathability, and bamboo has superior moisture-wicking abilities.

Open wide
It’s been proven that a cool bedroom, around 18 to 20°C, promotes restful sleep, even in winter. A well-ventilated room is essential to prevent a stuffy atmosphere that gets warmer during the night. Without resorting to power-hungry air-con, try opening windows to take advantage of lower night temperatures and fresh air.

Tip: If bedroom windows are exposed to full sun during the day, keep them closed and curtains and blinds drawn to stop heat build-up. Open them when the sun goes down and temperatures drop.

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