The temperature outside is -4 degrees and you’re
heading home from work. You turned the thermostat down to 56 degrees when you
left in the morning, but when you get home it's toasty and warm, the blinds are
turned down, the lights are on, and your favorite music is playing. All of this
was managed from your smart phone, which remotely controls devices connected to
home systems, appliances and more.
The connected home can align
everything from computers, TVs and Wi-Fi
networks, appliances, HVAC systems, door locks, thermostats, garage
doors, motion sensors,cameras, water leak sensors, light bulbs and switches,
smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, plugs, outlets, power strips, and music
Wondering if you forgot to turn the stove off? Remotely
connect to your house to find out. And, even better, if you did leave it on,
turn it off from afar! Away on vacation and forgot to water the plants? Your
smart plant watering device will go to work for you while you're
Thinking about making your home smart?
most common motivations behind making a home "connected" or "smart" are comfort,
convenience, control, cost savings, and security. Once you decide on which goal
matters the most to you, the options are endless.
automation solutions largely depend on time, money and technical capability.
Since home automation can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, you may want
to start small with some simple do-it-yourself devices. Another possibility is
to invest in a professional automation program, which will cost more to
install and maintain. Either option can deliver effective results.
Are you building
a new or retrofitting an existing home? It's important to have a home
automation plan in mind that will take you years into the future. Our wiring
tips can help.
Do you have kids who are at home during the day
when you're not? Motion sensors and cameras can help you monitor them and
provide you peace of mind.
Worried about an elderly parent who lives
alone? In addition to wearable devices, there are some easy-to-install
all-in-one devices that can help you communicate, control and care for them
Our best advice is to define your budget, clearly outline
your needs, do your research, and decide if you want to execute your home
automation plan or if you would rather hire a professional. There are a lot of
options on the market today, so if you can't find a device to suit your needs
now, stay tuned. New devices enter the market daily!
of the systems that these devices will be controlling (heating, cooling,
security systems, etc.) may not be covered by a typical homeowners
policy. Click below to see if you have proper coverage or find coverage through
one of our partner companies.