All right you want a smart House. You know you want to be able to control your home from your phone that's a given. You know that your house lights can be automated, you know that your televisions and USIC can be controlled. You know that your home can be secured and monitored. these are all the basic things that most niche home automation systems will tackle. But it gets done the little things that make your home really smart with true automation not just reactive notification.
it is supposed to be going to break down the truly smart method of taking care of simple tasks. And this is where most upper level automation systems really shine and theaDIY kits really fall short.
never touching your mudroom light again
When you walk into your mudroom or laundry room navigate to turn the light on unless the lights off. but of course once you get your coat off and your boots off and your shoes off you're not necessarily thinking about turning the light off before you leave. This is my proximity sensor in can happen and can help you immensely.
By simply adding an automation motion sensor do the ceiling of this room and a smart switch to control the light you know effectively have created a vacancy sensor that is smarter than any motion switch you can buy from the Home Depot.
Logic can be extremely simple yet incredibly effective. When the motion sensor detects movement in the room immediately turn the light on. Now we get into the cool part we will start a countdown timer we will set every 5 minutes to check and see if there is still movement in the room. If there is still movement in the room continue to keep the light on since when are you in the mud room and not moving?
Okay now that you're no longer in the room the five minutes will expire when it checks to see that there is nothing happening in that room it will fade the light out and wait for the next course of action. And setting up such a simple little thing one less thing you have to do when you have a handful of groceries.
vacation home emergency mode
okay you have a beautiful cabin in the mountains but you're not there all year. there are times when you leave at home baking for 6 months at a time and constantly your worry is is this home safe is it ok when I leave? What's one we can get into some really neat automation systems.
We Will first start out with temperature, first world report to you and tell you what temperature the house is at all times whenever you ask at your phone's disposal will be that building's temperature and as well the opportunity to control and regulate the temperature.
then on top of that we will also measure the outside temperature. if we detect if the outside temperature is below freezing we will then automatically turn on an early detection system for freeze warnings. we will then constantly check on the inside temperature of your home to make sure that it is properly heating if everything is operational no notification would be present. But let's say that your furnace is not functioning for some reason and your house is getting dangerously low. the first automation we will do is send you a notification saying that we are getting close to the freeze warning.
second we will check and see if the furnace is even on and if it is being called for heat and not getting the heat we will then ask the floor heaters which are electrically powered to turn on automatically to try and compensate. If they cannot compensate we will ask the fireplaces to turn on to help compensate.
if all fails and we reach the critical freezing zone we will immediately freeze the operation of water within your home by closing the master valve.
and during this time we will make sure to notify you with every step of the process that is happening so you can call the proper people you have associated to fix the problem.
garage door detection and notification
you have a really nice garage and it's full awesome sports toys and tools not to mention a really fancy car. but you're also very forgetful and at times you leave your garage door open without really thinking about it. well that's quite all right because like we did in the mud room we're going to apply the same logic. We're going to put a motion detector above each garage Bay in your garage and between them we are going to cross check to see if there's any emotion across any square footage of your garage.
we will install controllers on the garage door openers themselves sensors to detect if the garage is open door closed and light switches to turn light on and off in your garage and if you want to feel fancy will add a zone of sound out there as well.
Okay now let's put this automation into practice. you just open your garage and pulled in automatically because the garage opened we just started a 15 minute timer this timer can be adjusted large or small depending on your preference. when my timer expires will ask all the motion detectors in the garage is there any activity or movement if there is ignore operation and reset to another 15 minutes. house well immediately upon the garage opening a notification has been sent to your phone and a nice fun chime is played the house to alert that someone has arrived home.
okay so now your garage is been open for 15 minutes or more and there's nobody moving in the garage. We will now play a notification in the garage so no sound that says warning the garage will now close in 2 minutes giving people enough time to make sure there's nothing in the way. And for good measure we're also going to turn the garage light off. so that way anybody in the vicinity outside of the motion detection will realize that this process has begun and can simply just move around to reset it and turn the light back on.
once at five minute threshold has expired and there's still nobody moving around in the garage we will then activate the garage door asking it to close which the crowds will begin to beep and flash its light to let people know that it's about to move that's closing the door. if the action of the door being closed is involved and a garage somehow gets jammed or does not close an emergency notification will be sent to you immediately telling you that the garage is not closed and has given up because of some part of intrusion or obstruction.
enforcing bedtime for your kids with TVs l
it's extremely frustrating when you tell your son or daughter it is now time for bed and they listen to you for the moment but then turn the TV right back on after you leave. well lucky for you we now have smart TVs that can report into a master controller and declare their true state by telling our brain yes I'm a TV and yes I just turned on. We then can tell the TV that because it is now after 9 you are not allowed to be on so at any point if you decide to turn on after 9 please turn right back off.
no amount of power plugging or wire reconfiguration will prevent this action from happening for as we can simply program and Lockhart Eevee into not functioning unless it is connected to the network.
the pre-emptive doorbell
for far too long we used to rely simply on the button press on the outside of the door to notify us if someone is at the door. well lucky you we are now in the modern era where we can also detect presence before button press. give me the modern times and climate most delivery people do not want to interact or have an exchange with people any longer they just want to deliver the package and depart. this anti-social logic has invited porch pirates and people who choose to steal because of a window of opportunity between delivery and actual retrieval of products.
we know can detect presence by using smart doorbell system such as rings hellos and motion detectors to send you notifications when someone arrives on your front porch regardless if they push the button or not.
the hands-free gate or garage door
let's be honest a little box that you talk into or punch a code in at the front gate is incredibly dumb and doesn't always work. What are the really cool to just be able to drive up and the gate would automatically know who you are and if you're allowed to show up or not well thanks to modern technology we now can put a sticker just the same as if you were to drive down the highway for a toll road can you now open the gate just by driving close to the gate.
we utilize our wireless shortwave technology that allows you to drive right up to the gate the gate automatically know what car you are and enter the gate without touching a single button.
On that same logic we also can detect if someone is driving up your pathway by using the same technology that's used to detect cars that street lights by putting the wire underground we can measure A disruption in the area created by cars to detect if a car is present or not sending you a notification that someone is coming up your driveway.
hospitality services and airbnb's
let's say that you own a handful of properties but you don't really want to manage keys or pay someone to be a groundskeeper. Well automation can help you with door access by quite simply connecting a smart Lock to the door.
all you have to do is assigned a code with a set and an end date and they're off to the races for the allocated time that they are given without you needing to give anything physical away. As well proximity sensors can be installed to detect if people are there past their welcome so that way you can charge accordingly with a log to prove there residency without the need for controversial cameras.