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

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 ……

How to Fix the Orange Light in a Schlage Smart Lock?

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If an orange light is shining from a Schlage lock, it may not be working correctly. This could cause issues like slowed access or complete lockouts. Although it’s primarily used to indicate programming mode, the orange light can start blinking continuously if there’s an underlying battery issue or programming error. So read on to find out how to fix it. 1. Programming…

14 Fixes when your Google Home App can’t find Chromecast

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In my experience, Chromecast has proven to be a significantly noteworthy device. I’ve helped a number of friends and family set up their own devices. Even though the initial setup is quite simple, I often encounter issues when trying to establish a stable connection. This might occur when the Google Home app on my phone or tablet can’t find the Chromecast device…

A Guide to Thread Networks

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If you’re intrigued by high-tech home innovations, you might be familiar with the Matter standard. The main objective of this standard is to enhance the efficiency of smart home systems. This is accomplished by creating a multi-purpose application layer that can support a broad range of devices. Matter-over-Thread is a key element of this, designed for connecting low-power, low-data-rate applications together in…

Blinking Orange Light on a Nest Thermostat or Nest Heat Link

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The occasional flickering of an orange light on either the Nest Thermostat or its European variant, the Nest Heat Link, is an uncommon problem. Therefore, finding a solution for this infrequent issue might be challenging. Nest Thermostats differ significantly between the US and Europe as the HVAC systems are completely different. In the US the blinking orange light indicates low battery levels…

Fixed: Kwikset Smart Lock Beeping or Not Working After Battery Change

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Generally, changing the batteries in a Kwikset smart lock is a straightforward process. However, it’s important to understand that certain models have special features that could potentially cause unexpected problems with the lock. As a result, you might receive a low battery alert shortly after installing new batteries. In this article, I’ll walk through 10 troubleshooting steps to follow, if your Kwikset…

Zigbee vs Thread: Which is Better?

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Embarking on a journey into the world of smart homes and unsure which technology to choose? You’re in the right spot! This piece offers a comprehensive comparison between Thread and Zigbee, both key players in the realm of smart home communication protocols. I discuss their key features, differences, and how they fit into the new, interoperable Matter standard.  By the end of…

Best Multipoint Smart Locks (USA, UK & Europe)

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By leveraging the varied locking systems of multi-point locks, you can significantly enhance your security measures, when matched against the conventional deadbolts that employ a singular methodology. Multiple locking points substantially enhance the strength and security of your doorway. This makes them much harder to break into than traditional locks, which can often be picked or bypassed.  However, multi-point door locks are…