Spring cleaning is fun now. There’s a lot that maybe hasn’t gone right in the world, or the tech industry, or whatever else, but that’s one thing we can all come together on. Thanks to Silicon Valley’s laser focus on chore avoidance as business model, we now have endless ways to keep things mom-certified spotless. But, nothing goes quite right unless you can get into your groove — and we’ve got just the things.
tado Smart AC Control
Until Rosie from The Jetsons is real, we’ll still have to do some of the cleaning. And, with the better weather ahead, that means the return of sweat is imminent. So, we’ll get started with a way to keep tabs on the air conditioner. tado’s Smart AC Control can be controlled using a smartphone, but once you’ve settled on a temperature, that’s all you have to do. The unit will turn the AC on when it detects that someone is home, and will shut it off when it detects that everyone has left. At the very least, you won’t have to sweat the energy bill (as much).
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tado – $180
Samsung SmartThings Hub
Spring cleaning might be a good time to finally dive into home automation. Fortunately, now’s a good time — there are a lot of hub products out now that get all those disparate smart home gadgets working together. The Samsung SmartThings Hub is one of the best options — it brings control of tons of smart home devices under one app, and you can even add voice control by using it with an Alexa speaker.
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Samsung – $100
Wynd Air Purifier
As you clean room by room, things are going to get messy. You’re going to realize you’d forgotten how light-colored the carpet is actually supposed to be, and it’s not going to be a good time for your nose. Here’s a cool solution — Wynd is a portable, water bottle-sized air purifier. You can move it around with you, creating a safe bubble of clean air to protect you against all the dust you’re kicking up. You’ll even get smartphone alerts about air quality around you!
Wynd – $154 (preorder, ships in April)
Aera Home Scenter
Depending on where you live, you might not have opened the windows in a while. The house might be getting that bad house smell — houseitosis, as my mom calls it. This year, take a hard pass on the potpourri and look into Aera. Aera is an automated home scenter — the team behind it has created scent cartridges that the device can use to steadily emit good smells throughout the home.
Aera – $190