Daniel founded Smart Home Perfected in 2019 as a personal passion project. With a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Computing and IT from The Open University, his 15 years experience as a software engineer is what initially inspired him to play around with home automation platforms.

A shed full of power tools and an eagerness to take on any DIY task have helped get his smart home to its current level. He has tested over 100 smart home devices over the last 4 years. As a smart home is never "finished", he's continuing to find more ways to automate and improve his home, as new devices are released and technology evolves.

Latest Posts

How to Reduce Battery Drain on a Schlage Smart Lock?

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A Schlage lock is typically designed to work for a whole year on a single charge. Furthermore, there are specific strategies that can be employed to minimize the Schlage lock’s power consumption. With the exception of rapid battery drain, which can be due to a malfunction or a loose connection, you can enable/disable certain features to minimize power consumption.  So in this…

How to Change the Batteries on a Kwikset Smart Lock

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Altering the batteries of your Kwikset Smart Lock constitutes a crucial and uncomplicated process that ensures the prevention of lock-outs and fortifies your home’s security. Different models may require slightly different steps, but, overall, the process is generally straightforward and hassle-free.  This article provides a comprehensive guide to changing the batteries in various Kwikset Smart Lock models, whilst highlighting some tips for…

How to Change the Batteries in a Yale Smart Lock

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For avoiding potential technical issues or lockouts, regularly changing the batteries in your Yale smart lock is essential. When the battery levels are down to 20%, the mobile app or touchpad itself will let you know that the batteries need changing.  In this guide, I provide detailed instructions on how to do so for your exact model. Let’s go!  Replacing the Batteries…

Blink vs Reolink: The Ultimate Faceoff!

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Amazon’s Blink cameras are garnering interest thanks to their straightforward design and uncomplicated setup procedure. Their standout feature is their robust battery life that demands less regular recharging, signifying remarkable dependability. On the other hand, Reolink has earned considerable acclaim in the security camera field for offering an array of devices customized to meet diverse needs. In this article, I explore and…

How to Connect a Schlage Smart Lock to Google Home?

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You may sometimes experience challenges when attempting to link a Schlage Smart lock with Google Home. More often than not, these problems arise from an incompatibility with older versions. In the more recent models, you can use Google Home and Google Assistant to engage the lock or check the status of all your Schlage locks. You can also combine these two functions…

How to Open a Yale Smart Lock With a Dead Battery?

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What steps should I take if the battery in my “smart lock” runs out, potentially leading to subsequent glitches in the corresponding app and keypad? This is my main concern. Depending on the model, you can unlock the door using a physical backup key or provide emergency power just enough to type in your code.  So in this article, I’ll provide model-by-model…

How to Program, Change & Reset the Code of a Kwikset Smart Lock

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You can rest easy if you’re struggling to find your Kwikset lock manual, which contains the master codes and instructions for setting up user access. In fact, there’s absolutely no need for concern! In this article, I walk through programming, changing, and resetting the codes for various Kwikset smart locks, including Obsidian, Premis, Powerbolt 2, Kevo, SmartCode 914, 275 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt,…

Smart Home Wi-Fi Guide: Optimizing Your Wireless Network in 2023

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Understanding Wi-Fi and Smart Homes: A Detailed Guide: The critical role of Wi-Fi in forming modern homes cannot be overlooked. The unparalleled dominance of Wi-Fi in the realm of wireless technology, particularly its capability to provide dependable connections for devices requiring significant bandwidth, is noteworthy. This includes applications across smart TVs and a variety of appliances such as media streaming instruments, home…

10 Smart Power Solutions for the Modern Home

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The advancements in smart technology have significantly improved the monitoring, management, and production of electricity in our homes. Tracking day-to-day energy consumption used to be a guessing game, with the true extent of usage only revealed once the dreaded electric bill arrived. Nowadays we can get an “X-ray view” of our home’s energy use thanks to whole home energy monitors, allowing us…

A Definitive Guide to Honeywell Thermostat ISU Setup Codes

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Considering altering the installer settings on your Honeywell thermostat and uncertain about how to maneuver through its menus or select the correct adjustment codes? Don’t worry, you’ve found the right place. In this detailed guide, I’ve listed all the ISU setup codes and how to access the menu for each model.  So without further ado, let’s get into the guide. Before we…

Kwikset Smart Lock Beeps and Lights Explained

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Features like audio notifications, LED signal lights, and visual prompts on the touchscreen can be highly beneficial in overseeing the operation and spotting any possible problems with Kwikset smart locks. However, it’s important to note that these functionalities might not be present in all models. Common signals across different models such as Obsidian, Premis, Halo Touch, Powerbolt 2, and more include ……