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Episode 1222

Smart Home Tech! How to get your best internet connection and new smart home tech for 2021

With plenty of us working from home still in fall of 2021 and more and more streaming options hitting us, we need to have that internet that we pay good money for working at its best. We want to get what we pay for right? Many times we assume its too many people using it or its the weather when its a problem inside or outside of our homes. Lets talk about how to get your internet working at its best and then dive into some of the best new smart home devices for 2021.

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[00:00:12] Caroline Blazovsky: Hello, Eric, how are you?

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[00:00:23] Caroline Blazovsky: Yeah, like so much is going on because people are wanting to mold test their homes. You know, this is the time of year when all that stuff comes pouring out because we've got condensation happening from cold ground and cold, concrete, and hot days and cool nights. And, you know, mold loves to form in that.

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[00:00:42] Eric Goranson: Ah, man. Yeah, that's welcome from the dry season to the mold season and you guys got hit so hard out there. Anyway. It's crazy.

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[00:00:51] Eric Goranson: first. Yeah, you're just, it went from summertime to everybody's now getting back inside their home and boom, here we go. Here we go. [00:01:00] Well, I wanted to talk today and you and I were chatting about this a little bit about smart homes and kind of the, the latest and greatest for smart home stuff for 2021 into 2022 in the spring, you know, the kind of that January, the consumer electronics show comes out with all the latest new stuff. With smart home stuff and more people working from home and even kids doing a little bit more from home. Uh, you know, it's, it's interesting because that technology is so much more important than it was two or three years ago.

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[00:01:49] Caroline Blazovsky: Believe it or not, where we can get our service from. So we get a very much a slower internet speed, but at some places you can get like lightning fast. So how do we get it? Where do we go?

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[00:02:19] Caroline Blazovsky: Yeah. And it's not like we're in the middle. Yeah. And it's not like we're in the middle of the boondocks either. I mean, we're in New Jersey, but some of that where you have the older residences, right. Cause this is like an older building. They just haven't updated it. So now you get, you know, slower speeds for sure, but where what's the fastest, I want the fastest, fastest, fast.

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[00:02:59] Eric Goranson: And I have [00:03:00] a 1.2 gigahertz type system it's cranking. You know, I can, I can run anything I want. And it's well, faster than anything I'm doing now, the limitation to that though, and this is where fiber optic wins is that I've got this super fast download speed, but I've only got about a 40 megabits per second upload. So if I'm uploading video or audio or something like that, it's much slower than if it was, you know, the, the, the, the fiber optic stuff, the fiber optic stuff gives you that equal download speed and upload speed. So what could take me 20 minutes to upload will take 15 seconds for somebody with fiber optic.

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[00:03:53] Eric Goranson: Thank you. And now there are some new stuff that's coming out. You know, you've got, um, you know, uh, Elon Musk and [00:04:00] his new satellite system out there, which is in testing phase now. And they're trying to see how fast that they can do wireless. From satellite. And I think that's going to be really cool because it's going to help people like you.

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[00:04:28] Caroline Blazovsky: So what, how does that work? Does anyone even know how it works? I mean, is it just a wifi and it just beams up to a satellite? Or how does that actually work? There's no wires involved, obviously. No optic. I mean, how does it

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[00:04:48] Caroline Blazovsky: course we have satellite, um, DirecTV, right.

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[00:05:01] Caroline Blazovsky: That's kind of awesome. I got admit, I mean, I know.

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[00:05:04] Caroline Blazovsky: I mean, it's amazing because you know, we complain about it, but in reality it sounds pretty good to me. I mean, I love DirecTV. Like I'm just, I've always had it for, I mean, before most people had it, so I like satellite TV. The only thing is you have to worry about the weather knocking out the satellite or being able to kind of influence what's going on.

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[00:05:26] Eric Goranson: Yeah. So I had a guy that came over here and I was testing out a smart home device that we're not going to talk about today because quite frankly, it worked absolutely horrible. And I haven't even talked about it on the radio cause it just didn't pass. Uh, my, my, you know, they came out and worked on it three times.

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[00:06:02] Caroline Blazovsky: Yeah.

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[00:06:28] Eric Goranson: Now, so many people, here's my first little tidbit for everybody out there. That is just that tip. Don't assume that your system is slow. Because, well, there's too many people using it or whatever. Take a look and see what you're paying for. And then go search a speed task and log on your computer or your phone and do a speed test and see how fast things are going

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[00:06:53] Eric Goranson: sure that you're getting, I did that.

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[00:07:10] Caroline Blazovsky: And so it just, you know, when it took rain, it would go slow and everybody would just think, oh, there's too many people like on the, on the system. But in reality it was this flukey thing happening. And that, that happened too. Like we have at my home home, um, we have Comcast and we've got high-speed, but we had the same issue.

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[00:07:34] Eric Goranson: Yeah, mine was on the pool. So just call customer service and have them come on, take a look at it and say, Hey, I'm not getting my speeds now, before we got to break, I've got one more tip every month or so you should be restarting that router to make sure it's doing the updates to make sure it's working correctly.

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[00:08:11] Eric Goranson: Now, when he come back here after break, I want to talk about how to get internet service that's equal around your entire house. And we'll do that just as soon as around the house returns.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: Before we jumped on today, I had the breaking news across my social media that I'm pretty stoked about. They are going to be building an in and out up the street from my house. So I get some in and out burger, which for us up here in Oregon is a big deal because we only have a couple in the south side of.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: You know, and I like five guys, you know, and insert my Jeffrey Dahmer joke there, but I do like five guys. It's good, but it's, it's a little more greasy. compared to,

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: not fast food, you know what I mean? Well, I mean, five guys is [00:01:00] greasy, you know, it is,

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: Yeah. oh,

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: And I like in and out and some of it is disguised. I always get it in California when I'm down there. The thing that's good and bad about in and out is their fries are good for about three to four minutes. 'cause they take potatoes, they cut them, they drop them right into the fryer and they come out when they're hot and crispy.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: oh,

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: You just throw the fries away, just throw the fries away. You'll be better off.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: where you take the ball of meat and smash it out.

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[0013:30] Caroline Blazovsky: Right. And then, uh, it just, I just can't so I don't know we had it for dinner and it just, you know, it didn't cut it. I need to have a

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[00:13:38] Eric Goranson: They feed them grain so that meat doesn't have that gamey taste. And then it gets made into steaks and burgers and everything else. So it's kind of like free.

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[00:13:53] Caroline Blazovsky: Well, I can tell you that my cow and we kill the cow, we've done it every year now. So we actually have a cow that's raised and we watch it go out. And it's kind of a bad experience because you get friendly with the cow. It's a bad, it's a bad deal. You don't want to become friendly with your food. It's sort of, you know, but we do raise.

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[00:14:00] Caroline Blazovsky: So we have a, we have a farm, um, nearby and you get to see your cattle and cow. And then, you know, unfortunately I think it's steer, isn't it, I'm thinking I'm using the wrong term, but they raise it to be killed. And, and for me, so we get a whole refrigerator full. So I don't want to get letters. Now someone's going to send me, oh my God, don't be killing cows.

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[00:14:36] Eric Goranson: Um, sorry, wrong audience for us.

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[00:14:40] Eric Goranson: not going to be your, um, to me and I, now this is where I get controversial. Pita means people eating tasty animals.

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[00:14:50] Eric Goranson: my, that's my thing. I'm a, Beefeater sorry, folks.

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[00:15:15] Eric Goranson: Yeah, that's [00:05:00] good. And I'll be honest. If I had to pick a, this is where I'm going to make the Californians mad and the Texans happy. If I had a water burger and a in and out burger, I'm going to go with.

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[00:15:21] Eric Goranson: I like Whataburger and what not my favorite? it's out of those two.

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[00:15:30] Eric Goranson: Cause he's the barbecue king. Talking wifi, you know, and in my house is a great example. Um, I have, my office is out in the shop here where we do the radio show and podcast from on my side of the country. And I had a wall. That was an exterior wall that was giving me problems on my internet [00:06:00] connection with wifi, because what would happen is, is that my router was inside in the living room and it would hit the exterior wall.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: So that way I've always got a hardwired connection and I'll be honest still to this day, I advise builders and remodelers out there when you're building that home office. If you can get that hardwired connection through the remodeling process. It's going to be better and more reliable because it's plugged in and it's hard and there's never anything that's getting in the way from it.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: They'd like it to, you know, when you run over a wifi, you, um, set up

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: And that makes a difference. If you've got that big fireplace. Or anything like that. Cause it'll get in the way. Hey, we're in a time here, Caroline, let's go out to break here. Cause I want to talk to you about some smart home stuff that works well. Even in the healthy home space with all this stuff, that's really big.

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[00:19:40] Eric Goranson: So make sure you catch the podcast on any one of the podcast players and subscribe, and then do Caroline and I have favor and share it with your friends. are tackling DIY projects, especially those that you shake your head and go, ah, man, you know, my friend Mike, he has good intentions, but dude, can't DIY.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: Yup. Experts,

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: and this, and this thing is not [00:01:00] scripted. As you can tell so many other shows out there that are on the national basis, they have scripts. They read them, everything's sled up. Everything's just set up perfectly. That's not how we do it. We're not going to be that a scripted sitcom of a show that, uh, things are created.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: Yeah, we don't have. Yeah, but we don't have to be that's. What's cool. Like you can, I mean, I would love for our audience to come on and just throw questions at us because we can handle almost anything. So like we challenged.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: challenge. If we try to stump us, send us questions at around the house, online.com and try to stump us.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: And this is where some builders really fall on their face with some of this stuff is that they'll throw the products in the house, but they have no idea how to implement it. And to get it passed over to the homeowner. Great example. So she just moved in here a couple of weeks ago. We can a half ago and call to get the internet turned on and there's one internet provider.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: Second of all, they came out and said, okay, we're going to get on this. And they there's now internet cables running around, across the [00:03:00] sidewalks, duct tape to the cross, the sidewalks laying across the yard. So they have to move the cables or someone Mo's kind of stuff. And they've got to go on. But great example.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: They hadn't even installed the smart door lock yet. That's why it wouldn't pair up. So. You know, it's our building community. There's some builders out there that are doing a great job. This is one of the native nation's largest builders. And it seems like in this development, they kind of fell flat on their face.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: Yeah. There's a lot to learn, right? Without hiccups. I mean, there's a lot of hiccups now.

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[00:0000] Caroline Blazovsky: I love that. Um, I like that smart, that [00:00:00] smart door nom though. That's that door lock. It's very cool. I've seen them and I, and I kind of envy that. So maybe we should have them on who may, who does that? Are there a couple of companies

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: Oh, my God. That's so true. and like just dirt,

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: There'll be lit up on the display. You hit those first and then your code. So it's always messing up the front of the, of the, of the screen. So it doesn't happen. But what I really like about it is I never go to bed with the door locks, the doors not locked because when I go to bed at night, I hit on smart things.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: killer. I like let's talk about the shades, cause we're going to talk about shades and we, I, I love like an automated roller shade and I like having them all connected and I like having my little remote control. So when I sit and I'm watching TV, I'm like, Ooh. And they all come down or go up.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: Um, are all of them, are you able to do that with like a shade store or do you have to have particular [00:06:00] ones that operate with that?

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: And, you know, it's like the full moon. We talked about this, you know, where I'm howling at the moon. It's one of those things that, uh, you know, I can, I can have that set as a schedule. So, you know, when I'm going to sleep and we go to bed a little bit early, cause Julie works early in the morning, but that's how that works.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: The secret's out. Everyone knows you're aware [00:00:00] Wolf now and just

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: I mean, have you looked at him, you ever looked at Eric Werewolf sorry, folks, but he does have a lot, the moon.

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[00:00:0] Eric Goranson: So there's things that you can do with that, where you can set it up. So it automatically knows when this happened. Then it'll automatically react to that blind. So that's, what's really cool with,

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: Yup.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: They're just super clean. I mean, after myth, they don't, you know, I'm not into all the fabrics and the tapestries. So a lot of people are, and that's fine, but it's more intricacies to clean and make sure that you're actually keeping her particulate And dander. And Desolo so I like these because they're just super clean and easily.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: And I was like, I want the light all the time, you know? And so, uh, it works really good. And the, with the, with the trees and stuff, that's how it works. When we come back, I want to talk about one thing that makes for a healthy home. That's smart, which I really like, uh, is the, the Velux skylights that are now automated, that are monitoring the.

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[00:29:59] Eric Goranson: That I like. One of them is called ting, T I N G from ting labs. And it monitors your house for. Um, electrical shorts. And so it will actually prevent and predict when you're going to have an electrical fire. Now, if you have lightning strike your house, it's not going to do that. If somebody drives a drill through an electrical line, it's not going to do that, but those loose connections in bad outlets and stuff, it's going to tell you when those things happen.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: Yeah. Oh, let's talk, let's talk carbon monoxide [00:030:01] detectors for a second. Cause I just had this conversation with one of my clients. So what level of carbon monoxide?

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[00:00:0] Caroline Blazovsky: That's correct. It's me, but what happens? And so a lot of people get a carbon monoxide detector and they think that that's strictly is going to protect them from a carbon monoxide leak. But when you have like a kitty system or, and I don't even know what the Google system, they are set for very high levels to go off.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: So I always have a carbon monoxide detector. Isn't that crazy. It's always in my bag because when I go to a house or I'm somewhere, you know, you can easily check it, run it by the furnace and you should be at zero parts per million. You [00:02:00] don't want to see anything. It should come up zero. But if you start to see a slow leak that can be indicative of, you know, sometimes you don't have it vented properly.

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[00:31:41] Eric Goranson: Yeah. So I have the nest protect is what they call. What I like about that is when it senses something, it tells you.

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[00:00:0] Eric Goranson: doesn't say it doesn't say quickly on the specs right here, but for instance, it'll sit there and tell you, Hey, we're detecting carbon monoxide, check it, or it'll say we've started to detect light smoke.

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[00:32:28] Caroline Blazovsky: That's interesting. I would like to know what part, I wonder if that's as good as having a handheld sensor, like, you know, we use an indoor air quality.

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[00:32:45] Eric Goranson: They don't have a phone either. So it's one of those things that. That you might email them and you'll find it. You'll forget why you emailed them. And six months later, they come back and go, oh yeah, that question he asked six months ago. And you're like, what question was that?

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[00:33:23] Caroline Blazovsky: And so they became really popular during COVID, but they're for all types of reasons, right? You want to sanitize your phone. If you have E Cole lie on your phone, maybe you, you know, you were in the bathroom and you're using your phone in there and you shouldn't, but phones get contaminated with flu and virus and all kinds of things.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: So I just want to give kudos and shout out. Cause you know, they was passed a warranty. So it was past a year. I think it was almost going on two years that I had it and they were willing to refurbish it, fix it and send it back to us. So phone

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[00:00:00 Caroline Blazovsky: Do you have a phone? So I need to get you one. If

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: one, see,

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: he talks like

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: now he talks all techie. Like, you know, that's technology folks. That's why you just come home from you, put it right by your front door. You throw your keys in there. You throw your phone in there. It just sanitizes cleaned your phone and you're done and that's that's imperative.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: I like it. I like it. That's a good one. That's a good

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: Yeah, let's do it. That's a good one to have on the show because it's, um, you know, it's stuff that that's probably one of the dirtiest things that you're walking around with. I

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: you know, that's brutal. Well, the other thing I wanted to talk about today too, is, um, well, there's a couple of things I wanted to talk about.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: You're creating a shadow on the backside of that. So make sure that you're putting it in the area that you want to use versus just what's convenient. Now earlier, we'd been talking about trying to, I, you know, I teased in the last second. I love how that, that this is starting to creep into the smart home technology is creeping into the healthy home space.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: I'm going to automatically pop open in ventilate space.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: They think, oh my God, it's all the perk, the trip, the fan, the trip, the fan, and all the carbs. But in reality, usually what happens is the air quality gets compromised and you get too much carbon dioxide. Um, and that can come off other things too, but that's why systems, like what Eric's talking about. Um, are so helpful, cause you don't have to think about that.

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[00:00:00] Eric Goranson: So here's, what's funny [00:00:00] at the 2019 kitchen and bath show at the big international building show, they were showing this on their displays down there. they've been working on the Las Vegas center. Now they've been doing on the Las Vegas convention center. They've been doing a complete overhaul with it cause they did a big addition and that's why the show is not there this year.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: see. Think about how much that can help with COVID to just, you know, making sure that you have all this stuff and, you know, sensing that the air quality is poor and just opening it and ventilating more.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: You need to test it. We'll all come over and then we'll hang out. Like we'll put as many people in the room as we can and try to make it open.

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[00:00:00] Caroline Blazovsky: Yeah, that would be depressing for me. Okay. They might be okay. I don't know. You know, we're such a new, yeah, we're a new team with a new quarterback, but

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[00:0:00] Eric Goranson: Cause some things like that, you can actually set it up where you'll never run out a dishwasher. Detergent. It'll. Refresh and order it online for you. And it will automatically get the detergent going when it know it's getting low.

[00:0:0] Caroline Blazovsky: See, but that sucks. I am very picky about my appliances and I know who makes the better washing machine who makes the better range hood, who makes a better convection, whatever. So it's hard to find one company that makes all of that. Good.

[00:0:0] Eric Goranson: Well, you're going to have to stick with one company coming forward because that's the way it's going to be. That's the way it's going to be. Caroline. We are out of time. I'm Eric.

[00:0:0] Caroline Blazovsky: and I'm Caroline B

[00:0:0] Eric Goranson: And you've been listening to around the

[00:0:0] Caroline Blazovsky: the house.

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