A Taste of Redwood Valley

Ripe grapes in early September in the Redwood ...

Saturday November 22nd at 11:00 am

This is a rare opportunity to taste the wines and catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of small producers. Many of the wineries will have artisan foods and works of art for sale. BARRA of Mendocino/Girasole Vineyards will present a “Medieval Holiday Faire” with local artists and their creations from jewelry to jellies! There’s something for everyone. Please bring your own glass.

Smart Temperature Control

English: Thermostat for controlling the temper...

Smart green features are high in demand. At the top of a smart-home buyer’s list is a smart thermostat. The most popular is the Nest Thermostat, which programs itself based on the user’s temperature preferences, adjusting itself once a home owner has left to avoid unnecessary heating or cooling of an empty house. The Nest can also be controlled from a smartphone and shows your home’s energy usage through the app or website.

Remote Access to Security Cameras

We all have clients who travel a lot. For that reason, they want to be able to monitor their homes from long distances, even internationally.

Owners would be able to search the Internet on big-screen TVs as well as close and lock doors with the touch of a button. But the biggest point is the controlled security access from anywhere in the world. The home’s security cameras could be viewed via a mobile device. The house is essentially accessible any day, any time.

Consumer Reports’ List of Recommended Smoke Alarms

Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top ...
Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top caption reads “PLACE ONE SMOKE ALARM ON EVERY FLOOR AND SLEEPING ROOM”. The top diagram is labeled “MULTI-STORY” with an attic, basement, two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. The bottom diagram is labeled “SINGLE LEVEL” and has similar rooms. Suggestions for smoke alarms are diagramed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stating that, “Nest Protect alarm lacks dual smoke sensors Consumer Reports’ tests find that the Nest is not your safest option.  “An exercise in frustration.” That’s how one of their engineers described the process of setting up the networking functions of the Wi-Fi-enabled Nest Protect. (The alarm functions worked right out of the box.) It was reminiscent of some of the challenges they noted during testing of the Nest Learning Thermostat, the company’s flagship product, which went on sale in 2011. But the cons outweigh the pros, and so they did not add the Nest Protect to their recommended list of smoke alarms, although they recommend it as a carbon monoxide alarm. Their top-rated smoke alarm is the Kidde Pl9000, $23, a dual-sensor alarm that was excellent at detecting flaming and smoldering fires.

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