By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your day. From smart products that play nicely with others to home improvement subscription boxes, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

3M’s HVAC air filter tells you when it needs replacing | Daniel Cooper: Homeowners who are concerned about air quality will soon have another tool in their arsenal. 3M announced a new air filter for residential installation that has Bluetooth connectivity. The sensors on the filter will keep users appraised of the quality of air in the home, and let them know when it’s time to change the filter.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Appliances Can | Alan Wolf: The kitchen is shaping up to be the next frontier in smart homes. As such, appliance manufacturers are getting very savvy about how they work with different smart home hubs and voice assistants. Each manufacturer may tout the superiority of its own ecosystem of connected goods, but they still leave wiggle room that allows them to play nicely with third party options.

Thinking inside the (subscription) box | Jennifer Rignani: What’s the best way to attract customers to discover home improvement products they didn’t even know they needed? One way might just be subscription boxes. Instead of boxes of clothes or other items, one can imagine a box of paint or tile samples that help inspire loyal consumers.

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