Smart Home: Home Automation 101

What is a “Smart Home?” Well, it’s basically a setup where home appliances and accessories connect to the internet via your home Wi-Fi system, allowing the homeowner to control them. Lights, temperature, home entertainment and home security systems, smoke alarms and audio-video monitoring systems that can let you see and hear what’s going on in your home and even talk to the people inside. Imagine telling your dog to get off the couch while you’re miles away!

It’s not just something for the future, you can have it today: you can keep an eye on what matters to you from anywhere, and control what you want to control, via your smartphone, tablet, or computer! Control, convenience, and efficiency, all in the palm of your hand. You can easily set up a security system to alert you via text or email about intrusion, glass breakage, motion detection, and more. Now you can do it without monthly monitoring fees. You can even get real-time and recorded video monitoring in 1080P high definition plus night vision to see everything going on, no matter what time or how dark it is.

Smart Home Automation can make almost everything in your home smarter. Take the humble smoke detector. Ordinary detectors make a loud noise when they sense smoke or heat. That’s terrific if you’re home at the time, so you can be warned and get out. What if you’re already out, and miles away? For around a $100, you can get a connected smoke and carbon monoxide detector that sends alerts to your smartphone or tablet. It’s so sensitive it can tell the difference between a slow and fast-burning fire. It will even tell you what’s wrong, and where the problem is - protecting your home when you’re away, and you when you’re at home. Test and reset it automatically from wherever you are.

Nest Protect Smoke Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Nest Learning Thermostat

Now imagine leaving your house and forgetting to change the thermostat. That used to be a real annoyance. You either turn around and go back - or leave the thermostat set where it was, no matter what it might cost you on your bill. Now you can have a system to view and change settings on your entire HVAC system from a PC, smartphone?, or tablet remotely! Make it warmer, or cooler, even access multiple thermostats if your system is zoned. You’ll get a text or email if the temperature is warmer or cooler or the humidity is higher than you’ve specified. You will arrive home to the exact temperature you want, even though while you were away the thermostat was set to save you money Smart thermostats can save you up to 30% on your electric bill.

Want more? There are systems that work together, tying more and more of your home accessories into one connected bundle. Companies like Samsung with their SmartThings system that can detect intruders, breakage, water leaks, set and control temperature, show you everything going on and let you communicate with two-way audio. Just do the easy set-up to your home Wi-Fi, download the app, and get started. One of the best features with Samsung SmartThings is you have one APP to control it all!

Samsung SmartThings Home Monitor Kit

There’s also the Nest system. The Nest thermostat is well known for being intuitive. It picks up on your habits and begins to mimic them - like when you raise or lower the heat or cooling. Nest also has a connected camera that allows you to listen and talk, and a quality connected smoke detector, too. Nest products work well, and look great too. The real fun is all the products that work with Nest technology such as lightbulbs that know when to turn on and off. There are also fans that come on automatically to help with cooling. Plug-ins allow you to change the temperature difference room by room. Also, washers and dryers that do the chores while you’re away. More products being added all the time.

Amazon Echo

With the addition of Amazon Echo and Alexa to the equation. Now you can just talk to your house and get the same results as using your APPS.

What is Amazon Echo?

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

Commands such as “turn down my air to 73 degrees” to ordering pizza. All can all be done now hands free!

Come by and see how you can put total control in the palm of your hand, from anywhere in the world. We’ll help you through the set up, or our technicians will do it for you. Discover the BrandsMart way.


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