The Top Things People Want To Be Able to Manage and Control in Their Homes and some products that make it possible
ACCESS AND SECURITY
See who’s at the front door with Ring and let them in using a smart door lock. Homeowners can use the Schlage Home app to lock or unlock the Encode smart WiFi deadbolt from anywhere. Owners can create up to 100 temporary or permanent access codes for guests or service providers and receive alerts about when codes are used. The lock integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control. Add motion and ambient light sensors to detect when someone has entered a room, automatically turning on the display and any programmed scene.
LIGHTING AND LIGHTING CONTROL
Turn any light into a smart light and intelligently control smart lighting products like Philips Hue, LIFX, Lutron. Smart Plug and Smart Dimmer Switches adds smart home connectivity and voice control to any outlet in your home. Use products like Lutron’s Natural Light Optimization to automatically tilt blends to preset angles throughout the day to diffuse direct sunlight and maximize comfortable daylight; the Façade Finder feature lets you determine what exposure your windows have so Lutron can set the right schedule each day to control your blinds.
Set your home’s temperature with smart thermostats like those offered by Honeywell and Ecobee.
The Sonos system is a popular choice for allowing everyone in the home to play their favorite music and playlists and works with any services, so they can listen to what they want, where they want and how they want.
Irrigation controllers like those from Rachio, Hunter, Rainbird, and Toro are widely used, helping owner comply with watering restrictions and save on waste. Inside the home,Moen has taken a lead in introducing smart faucets and leak detection devices. The U by Moen Smart Faucet line includes smart kitchen faucets with voice-activated technology. Besides hands-free turning on and off, you can tell it to emit a ½ cup of boiling water, for example. In the kitchen or bath, U faucets offer unlimited personalized presets.
Flo by Moen is a smart water valve that detects and stops water leaks to prevent surprises on your water bill or catastrophes when you come home from vacation.
Backed by years of product development and industry leading technology, Flo by Moen is a smart water valve that detects and stops leaks from your toilet, shower or faucet, to the pipes in your foundation and behind your walls to stop surprises on your water bill or catastrophes when you come home from vacation.
AN EXTREME CINEMATIC EXERIENCE
Discerning and critical video enthusiasts are talking about the latest from Bragi CinimaScope and madVR’s Envy Pro Cinema. These are making history in their ability to deliver the highest definition viewing experiences to date.
THE OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT
Treat the outdoors just like another room that needs to be integrated into the whole house control system. Be sure your system is ready to support pool operations, all-weather TVs, sound systems and wireless access points outdoors.
From yoga rooms to spa-like indoor and outdoor spaces, the notion of home as a healing, revitalizing place is a trend pushed by the pandemic. Studies show that dynamic, circadian lighting connected with our internal biorhythms promote well-being, reinforces health and nourishes the imagination.
Products like DMF’s Warm Dim technology that combines dimming with shifting color temperatures throughout the day or Savant Daylight Mode using advanced logic to adjust intensity and color temperature, support healthy sleep and wake cycles. You can personalize your circadian experience based on your home’s precise geo-coordinates, turning lights on to the exact color temperature and intensity needed to match the circadian curve at any time of day.
Putting it All Together
Choosing a qualified tech service provider/installer is important. A tech pro should start with an on-site home tech activation appointment, where users learn how to use their new system, and tailor it to their lifestyle. Most integrators offer cloud-based remote monitoring and management platforms to monitor and diagnose their installed systems, enabling them to remotely check the status, diagnose and control a number of critical parameters and easily fix any problems to assure a great experience for end-users.