6 Home Automation Hardware & App Solutions For Every Room of the House

6 Home Automation Hardware & App Solutions For Every Room of the House

Jason Rodway
Nov 6, 2013
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Home automation has become big business in the last few years with the advent of app-based, wireless network connected hardware. These systems have democratized once expensive home automation services like home security, energy/heating controls, and customizable lighting systems, now available in pieces specific to user's needs and budgets. Here are 6 home automation services designed to make life both safer and easier, from your front door, into every room of the house, and even around your front yard...

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Left: Savant Systems - Right: Vivint

Temperature Controls - Savant Systems
Savant Systems is one of the more seasoned companies in the home automation category. As a climate control device, the Savant System is easy to use to create a predetermined heating/cooling schedule based on the users daily life. The system allows users to make adjustments and quick changes when away from home with the Savant TrueControl app and a compatible wireless thermostat.
Available for iOS

Home Security and Monitoring - Vivint
Imagine hi-tech home security and you'll probably think of self locking doors and smart cameras. Vivint utilizes both, opting out from a phone line based system for an upgrade to connect via home wifi network. The system is then able to control the front door, both to locking and unlock, with additional controllable/monitoring sensors placed around the home. The home security hardware+software solution can also be expanded out to home automation, energy management, and even a compatible solar energy system. Available for iOS / Android

Lawn Care Sprinkler Control - Rach.io
Aside from energy consumption, conserving water can be a homeowner concern, especially in more dry parts of the country where water is a valuable and limited commodity. For those with a lawn, the Rachios sprinkler system can help monitor and adjust according to both the garden's needs and weather patterns, making watering smarter than the basic timer system. Of course, users always have the option to override the system in cases when a watering seems needed!
Coming soon for iOS / Android

Smoke Alarm - Nest Protect
Don't you hate when the smoke alarm goes off after a minor kitchen mishap, and you end up flailing your arms about with a towel like a madman in hopes of turning it off? Nest has created an upgrade to an essential home safety device, one that monitors for smoke and carbon monoxide hazards, but with a more intelligent notification system which allows homeowners to dismiss false alarms before the loud alarm blares throughout the home (e.g. burnt toast). The Nest Protect communicates directly with smartphones during alarms remotely, and also to notify users the batteries need to be swapped, equally welcome, as we all probably hate the annoying low battery beep of a regular smoke alarm.
Coming soon for iOS / Android

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Left: WeMo Light Switch - Right: Control 4

Automating Lighting - WeMo Light Switch
It's always nice to come home to a light on upon walking into the house, however leaving lights on the whole time is a wasteful habit. Belkin's WeMo solution replaces the traditional light switch with a wireless network and app enhanced system that can be programmed to flip on/off during specific times of the day or be toggled via the companion app.
Available for iOS / Android

A Little Bit of Everything - Control 4
Like what you've read about above, but don't want multiple automation services in your home? That's where an all-in-one home automation package can be the solution. Control 4 covers an array of home tasks, including automating and monitoring lighting, temperature, and security. Do you love your music and home entertainment? The system is even able to play music to connected speakers throughout the home from the convenience of your smartphone! Just note, the integrated extended features can come at a price...a higher price.
Available for iOS / Android

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