Home automation can give you access to control devices in your home from a mobile device or remote. Home automation can be used for individual programmable devices, like thermostats and sprinkler systems, but home automation more accurately describes homes in which nearly everything — lighting, shades, electrical plugs, HVAC systems, Audio and Video rooms — are installed to a controllable network. From a security perspective, this includes your alarm system, and all of the doors locks, windows, motion sensors, entrances, smoke detectors, cameras and any other device that links to your system.
Home Automation Developments
Until recently, automated systems were often found only in larger commercial projects and luxury homes. Typically involving only controlling a few devices, like thermostats, lights, and alarm systems.
Home automation is a step to connecting what was otherwise was not connected before. One of the most obvious benefits of this approach are “smart” devices and software that can be connected to a local area network, via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. However, the single most important engine when installing home automation products is the network it rides on. With many of today's mesh networks and multiple access points, we are able to provide these devices the network needed to communicate to each other, to create a seamless experience for our customers.
Automation doesn't often times require you to get your phone out or grab a remote. Automation is often scenes that trigger during certain times of the day. For example a garage door closing every night at 8:30 if it is left open. It could also be your patio lights turning on each night 30 minutes prior to sunset, but using celestial time and knowing when daylight savings is going to happen. Automation could also include turning all of your lights on when your security system is triggered. Other popular automation scenes can be set to one button allowing you to close your shades, turn your Sonos music, dim your lights, and turn on your fireplace.
Everyone of our clients will get a personal walk thru of each room in their home, calling out some of our best practices with setting these triggers up. Many customers never want to walk into a dark home, so we ofter will set a trigger, that after sunset and the door is opened, it will provide lighting at 30% to illuminate their way into their home. We discuss the home in many different states to ensure blinds are closed during late evening hot suns with windows facing the west. We discuss climate controls to automate so when it is time for bed, your room is at the perfect temperature.
It was only recently the ability to control your home while being anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Checking cameras, making sure your security system is armed, and pressing a button to unlock your door, are just a few of the tasks you can do from your mobile device. With the enhanced push notifications on our phones, we can be proactive with letting you know if anything was triggered while you were away. For example if your garage door was opened or your front door was unlocked, you would receive a notification immediately. Remote control also allows the customer to make changes that suite them individually. You can make any adjustments on the fly allowing you to pick and choose what you want to be notified of.
There are two devices often used to interact with your home, you phone and mounted touch-pads are commonly used and installed, not requiring the homeowner to have their phone on them at all times. We also install universal remotes that not only power on your theater, but can also turn on lights, lock your door, and adjust your thermostat.
Home Automation Components
Home automation components were often referred to as lighting and alarm systems, but now these devices vary to irrigation systems, refrigerators, washing machines, and coffee makers. Our approach is to provide the customer knowledge of how all of these devices talk to each other and the importance of the network selected to run these devices.
We represent today's top manufactures of these products and our knowledge and best practices of installing these devices ensures the customer gets what is needed. Our goal is to allow our customers to engage with their home and devices, without having to scroll thru page of apps on their phone and manage login and passwords for each device.
Putting It All Together
Contact us today to begin your journey to making your home smarter, but also providing you the visibility needed to ensure your home is safe and enjoyable. Many of our customers are just getting started and we are more than happy to provide any consultation to answer your questions