Thursday, June 12, 2014

Consumer Reports June 2014: Can you really run your home from your phone?

According to a recent Consumer Reports poll, almost 20% of their subscribers already use their tablets or smart phones to control parts of their homes remotely.  This month's cover article discusses what can now be controlled remotely--electronic door locks, burglar alarms, lighting.  Check out the list of products tested by Consumer Reports, including lighting systems, thermostats, and more.  Also included are ratings for the best electronic door locks.

Now that summer is here, you may be spending more time in your backyard.  If you're a fan of grilling, check out the ratings for gas grills.  If you're looking to repaint your home or deck, you may be interested in the ratings for exterior paints and house and deck stains.  The article "Bug-proof your summer" lists the types of insects you may find in your yard, what to wear while outside, and what to do if you're bitten.

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for ice cream--vanilla is still the most popular flavor in the U.S.!
  • Ratings for dehumidifiers
  • Ratings for computer security software
  • Article on "How to live well into your 80's and beyond: Five keys to a long, healthful life" 
Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

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