After transferring to a brand new rental, I miss my blinds and locks

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The final 18 months have been very eventful within the El Khoury casa. Not solely did I alter jobs — hello there, Android Authority readers! — however I additionally moved from Lebanon to France. That meant leaving my very own lofty residence close to Beirut to search for a small rental on the outskirts of Paris and letting go of a variety of the creature comforts that I’d gotten used to in my earlier life, together with two very superior good residence gadgets: Somfy good blinds and the Nuki good lock and intercom system.

Just a few good residence upgrades to get began

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Change will be good, and this transfer allowed me to whittle all the way down to the necessities and enhance a lot of my earlier tech setups, from my residence workplace to the lounge and kitchen. Upgrades to my gear have been straightforward as a result of entry to trendy tech (and free returns) in France is, admittedly, rather a lot less complicated than in Lebanon.

And since good residence tech has been a part of my life for years now, I rapidly made the important enhancements to my new rental. I introduced alongside my good audio system and Philips Hue lights from Lebanon; I even put in a brand new Hue Aurelle ceiling panel as a substitute of the three measly lights that have been left there by the homeowners. I invested in a Tado good thermostat system, and I received a Roborock S7 MaxV Extremely for evaluate that’s nonetheless kicking sturdy. A safety cam and a wise fan full my present setup.

Transferring let me whittle all the way down to the necessities: lights, thermostats, and a robotic vacuum.

I needed to restrict a few of my upgrades, although, due to my renter standing. A whole lot of the good residence gadgets I wished to put in both aren’t suitable with this residence’s structure or exist already in a dumbed-down model that isn’t straightforward to exchange.

Sensible blinds: Comfort and vitality effectivity

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You don’t recognize the comfort of good blinds till it’s important to dwell with out them. In Lebanon, my complete residence was decked with linked Somfy Tahoma blinds (€419.99 on Amazon for the field alone). They have been costly to purchase and set up, however they have been value each penny.

The one within the bed room went down within the night then rose up within the morning to let some mild in. For somebody like me who wakes as much as pure mild, this was important to my every day rhythm. I wakened daily to the sunshine streaming in from the window as a substitute of a loud and disturbing alarm. Think about how stress-free that’s.

Sensible blinds add an additional layer of management over the sunshine and temperature of my residence with out affecting my vitality payments.

The blinds in the lounge and kitchen have been programmed in a different way for every season. Throughout winter, they opened up throughout the day to let in as a lot mild and heat as potential, then went down after sundown so as to add a small layer of insulation from the chilly glass behind them. Throughout summer season, they remained closed throughout the day to keep away from the extreme coastal Lebanese warmth, then went up within the night after we opened up the home windows to aerate the home.

Sensible blinds added an additional layer of management over the present mild and temperature standing in my residence, one that may assist my present good lights and linked air conditioner with out affecting my vitality and electrical energy invoice. Plus, with a easy vocal command to Google Assistant, I might change the standing of any blind(s) at any time, even when I used to be away from residence.

Sensible lock and intercom: Safety and management

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Lots of people equate good locks with a lack of safety, or a minimum of with including a layer of vulnerability to your house. My expertise with good locks, and particularly the Nuki lock (€249 for the most recent Professional model), has been the exact opposite.

I had chosen Nuki for my residence in Lebanon as a result of it was the one choice suitable with the European double cylinder, however after putting in it in 2017, it gained me over and I by no means had any points with it till I moved in 2021. Trusting my own residence’s entrance to a linked object wasn’t straightforward, however that tells you the way good Nuki is.

For one, the lock installs on the within of the door, so no stranger knew it was there and I might nonetheless open and shut my door with my common key if I wished. Dozens of security measures and granular controls additionally meant I might tailor the lock to my very own utilization. I disabled geolocalized auto-unlock, for instance, and solely stored the notification to unlock manually. On prime of that, Nuki at all times notified me if I’d forgotten to lock my door earlier than driving away, made certain the door was locked at evening, stored a log of each door open and shut, and allowed me to retailer my keys safely in my purse to keep away from dropping them. Issuing momentary keys to family and friends was a breeze too. Irrespective of how I have a look at it, Nuki was a greater, safer choice than a dumb lock for me.

Irrespective of how I have a look at it, Nuki was a greater, safer choice than a dumb lock for me.

On prime of that, I additionally had the Nuki Opener (€149.85), a wise intercom addition that would open the constructing’s gate for me. I couldn’t inform you how handy it was to get residence, see two notifications on my telephone, faucet to unlock the gate, get in, faucet to unlock the door, and get in, all with out having to fuss with keys. As soon as, in a bind, I remotely let a number of restore folks within the constructing and saved all my neighbors from showering with chilly water for the following few days. To not point out the quite a few instances I needed to let my mother and father in so that they didn’t have to attend within the automotive for me to get residence.

All of those (and extra) are explanation why I miss having the Nuki system in my present rental. The door right here requires a shove to shut and a pull to open, so I’m not satisfied a wise lock will have the ability to deal with it, however I’m going to take a raffle quickly and take a look at putting in Nuki. If it really works, I’ll have all of those advantages once more; if it doesn’t, then I do know I must soldier on with a dumb lock for some time.

The good residence merchandise I don’t miss

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Other than these, my residence had a number of different good residence gadgets that, in hindsight, weren’t all that nice. There was a Canary safety digital camera that was rendered ineffective by all of the downgrades to the free plan; a Logitech Concord hub that labored wonders for my advanced leisure setup however isn’t wanted for my TV-only system on this rental (to not point out that Logitech has deserted the Concord hub); and a Moodo good perfume distributor that made my residence odor good but in addition triggered me to cough fairly incessantly.

The one gadgets that have been match for function are the Cielo air conditioner controllers ($99 however typically on sale). They have been a wonderful approach of retrofitting good controls to our present A/C system and so they did their job splendidly. Alas, our residence right here doesn’t have any air con, so I didn’t deliver them alongside.

Do you may have any regrets concerning the good residence merchandise you invested in?

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Transferring international locations, even continents, has actually given me a unique perspective on good residence gear, and I think about I’ll carry many of those classes with me in my subsequent transfer. Checking the curtain rods and door closure mechanism will in all probability be excessive on my record when visiting a spot as a result of I understand how a lot of a distinction good blinds and locks could make to a so-called “good” residence.


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