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 Ways to Fix a Flashing Keypad on a Yale Smart Lock

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The illuminated keypad on your specific model of Yale lock may display multiple signals. These signs could potentially indicate that your lock is in lockout status, menu setup status, or that the lock’s battery might be approaching its lifespan limit. These are just a few of the reasons why, so in this guide, I’ll show you how to fix a flashing or…

Heavy-Duty 220v/240v Smart Switches & Plugs

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Despite the ubiquitous nature of smart plugs currently available in the market, it can still be challenging to comprehend the complexities of intelligent control systems designed explicitly for devices that consume high amounts of energy. These energy-hungry appliances usually encompass devices like dryers, water heaters, central air conditioning systems, pool pumps, and electric stoves and heaters. In this article, I dive into…

3 Ways to Add your Samsung TV to your Google Home account

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Keep in mind, if you’re thinking about using Google Assistant voice commands for your Samsung TV connected to Google Home, the function largely relies on the manufacturing date of your television. Keep reading to learn how to connect your Samsung TV, no matter the year of manufacture. Option 1: Samsung Smart TVs 2021 Onwards It’s a relatively simple process to configure Google…

How to Reduce Battery Drain on a Schlage Smart Lock?

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Typically, a Schlage lock is designed to operate for an entire year on one charge. Additionally, there are particular methods that can be used to reduce the power usage of the Schlage lock. 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…

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

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If you’re having trouble locating your Kwikset lock manual, which includes master codes and guidelines for establishing user access, there’s no need to worry at all! You can be at ease. 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, SmartCode 888,…

Best Multipoint Smart Locks (USA, UK & Europe)

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Utilizing the diverse locking mechanisms of multi-point locks can greatly boost your security precautions, compared to traditional deadbolts that rely on a single locking process. Having several locking points greatly improves the sturdiness and safety of your entrance. This makes them much harder to break into than traditional locks, which can often be picked or bypassed.  However, multi-point door locks are not…

How to Change the Batteries on a Kwikset Smart Lock

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Changing the batteries in your Kwikset Smart Lock is a vital and straightforward procedure that helps to avoid being locked out and enhances the safety of your home. 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…

5 Ways to Fix the Constant “In 2 Hours” Message on a Nest Thermostat

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The “Time-To” feature on the Nest thermostat is remarkably useful when determining the necessary time to achieve your desired temperature. However, if it displays “In 2+ Hours” indefinitely, without the HVAC equipment kicking in, there might be an underlying issue.  So if this has happened to your device, don’t worry. Below I’ll show you how to fix it. What is the “In…

How to Fix the Blinking Red Light on a Schlage Smart Lock?

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Sometimes, a constant red blinking light on a Schlage lock could cause problems. These problems may manifest as disruptions or annoying beeping sounds, potentially disrupting the lock’s normal operation. That said, a blinking red light is most often due to battery issues or a programming error. So in this article, I’ll provide model-specific instructions on how to fix a Schlage lock with…

Top 10 Smart Mortise Locks: A 2024 Review of The Best Options

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In the United States, consumers generally prefer deadbolt or cylindrical locks over mortise locks mainly because they are more affordable and easier to install, which greatly influence the buying decisions. Consequently, smart mortise locks are commonly perceived as less common alternatives in the market, suggesting that they aren’t as broadly adopted. Mortise locks tend to be more common in commercial settings, such…