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Best Smart Home Devices

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Smart Home Hubs

  • Sleek modern product designs
  • Connect and control all home devices
  • Set event triggers and scheduling rules
  • Advanced speaker technology

Smart Thermostats

  • Geofencing and scheduling features
  • Remote home climate control
  • Individual room sensors for occupancy/temp detection
  • HD touchscreen displays available

Smart Fire and CO2 Detectors

  • Instant mobile device emergency alerts
  • Easy wireless do-it-yourself installation
  • Smoke and carbon combo devices
  • Set up friends/family back up alerts

Smart Garage Door Control

  • Control door with voice commands
  • Some models work with IFTTT automation
  • Control from anywhere using mobile apps
  • Set up permissions for multiple users

Smart Light Switches

  • Schedule indoor lighting cycles
  • Control and dim multiple lights simultaneously
  • Control from anywhere using mobile apps
  • Easy wireless do-it-yourself installation

Smart Bulbs

  • Schedule indoor lighting cycles
  • Compatible with most smart hub systems
  • Set multiple home environments with bulb hue
  • Sync lighting with music and movies

Smart Wall Outlets

  • Automated scheduling indoor cycles
  • Hands-free voice control features
  • Set light randomizing with away mode
  • WiFi models available-no hub required

Smart Door Locks

  • Keyless access available with most models
  • Lock and unlock door from anywhere
  • Anti-tamper protection technologies
  • Store up to 30 user entry codes

Home Automation + Home Security

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System Installation

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California Home Automation Guide

A comprehensive walk through of all the essential details you need for building your smart home solution

Are you breaking into the world of home automation, but unsure where to start? You’ve come to right place. Our definitive guide was built specifically to cut through all the confusing clutter and provide you a full understanding of all the possibilities with home automation.

Let’s start with a basic understanding of smart home concepts and definitions.

What is home automation?

Home automation, also referred to as a smart home, is the combination of hardware and software technologies that allow you to automate tasks within your home. The hardware is basically the devices within your home that are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled and communicate via wireless technology languages such as Z-Wave and Zigbee.

When you integrate a home automation system, you can literally automate tasks and routine parts of your day, which add a level of convenience to your lifestyle.

Imagine the ability to automatically have specifics lights come on in your home when you arrive after dark, have your lighting adjust based on incoming natural light, have your window blinds close and lights dim when you start a movie, have the kids televisions turn off before bedtime, set different audio zones within your house to play different music by room, receive mobile notifications when the kids get home from school, and much more. The possibilities are endless.

What devices can be automated in a home?

Smart home devices and technology is aimed at the elements of home living. When you’re looking into specific smart home ideas for your home, there are little limitations as just about every device in your home can be automated. The list includes thermostats, exterior and interior lighting, light switches, outlets, locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, video cameras, TVs, clocks, doorbells, and much more!

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

When it comes to home automation, the term internet of things or IoT is the network of devices within your home that contain specific software and connectivity protocols that allow these devices to connect, interact and exchange data.

What is Z-Wave?

Devices that use Z-Wave wireless technology offer consumers the most when it comes to choices and available options. Z-Wave has one of largest smart home product lists on the market today. This type of availability allows you to customize just about any home automation solution specifically to meet all of your needs.

What is Zigbee?

Zigbee is the standard wireless language of smart device communication. Zigbee compatible devices provide comfort, security, and convenience to your home. This wireless language has become the device global standard due to is reliability, seamless integration, and its energy efficiencies.

More common home automation protocols.

X10

X10 is an object-oriented language that has been around since the 1970’s. It primarily uses power line wiring for signaling and control and is not commonly used in newer devices. If you’re looking into expanding on an older setup or working with older devices, X10 could be the technology in play.

Universal Powerline Bus (UPB)

Much like X10, UPB is a wired technology (its main intent was actually replacing X10). This setup uses a home’s existing power lines for improved reliability and cost savings. This is also an older technology and does not integrate with newer wireless technologies.

Insteon

Insteon has been around since 2005 and provides more flexible integration and expansion options as it uses both wired and wireless technologies. Insteon is also X10 compatible, which makes it extremely convenient when you are looking to add wireless devices to an existing X10 setup.

Wi-Fi

You are most likely aware of Wi-Fi as it’s pretty much available everywhere and definitely setup in the majority of households. This connection would be setup with your local internet service provider (ISP) and a uses wireless router, which acts as central hub connecting all smart devices. This is the exact reason why a lot of manufacturers have developed these smart devices to work with your Wi-Fi network.

Bluetooth

Although the range of some older Bluetooth generations is fairly limited, it is definitely the core of the majority of smart home products. The newer Bluetooth technologies (low energy and BLE) provide better connectivity which has become the protocol of choice for motion sensors and other security devices. There is no need for a central smart hub with Bluetooth, which also makes this protocol a popular and convenient setup choice.

Thread

Started in 2014, Thread has become a popular protocol for hundreds of home automation devices. Built for reliability and energy efficiencies, Thread is a user-friendly experience that allows you to easily setup and add devices to your home automation.

What is If This Then That (IFTTT)?

IFTTT is a platform that allows separate apps and devices to communicate using applets. An applet is a set of simple conditional statements that are triggered when changes occur within these separate apps and devices.

IFTTT is a great tool for automating and streamlining workflows for business activities, personal organization apps, social media, fitness apps, and home automation.

The best part is IFTTT is free!

Let’s get your creative juices flowing with this quick idea list of useful possibilities using IFTTT for home automation.

Automatically adjust the temperature in your house based on the temperature outside.

Enable SMS or phone call alerts based on specific actions such as the front door opening or when your smart home smoke detector is triggered.

Unlock a designated door when you arrive at home.

Upload a snapshot from a Wi-Fi camera to your cloud storage such as Google Drive and DropBox.

Automatically set your home lighting into night mode when the sun goes down.

Sync you smart home hub to-do list with your mobile reminders.

Wake up everything in the mornings such as lights, coffee machine, and even messaging your co-workers.

And much more!

Ready To Automate?

There are many ways you can get started with home automation, but each home is unique and you’ll need to identify what’s most relevant to you. Let’s find out what type of home automation you are looking for.

Where do I begin?

Let’s start with defining all the details about your custom smart home setup. A good first step would be to identify what’s most important to you and your family. Do a quick review of all the devices your household uses on a typical day.

Are you frequently turning a device on and off or adjusting a device setting?

Are there specific home environments or settings you commonly use?

Do you need to monitor any element of your home remotely?

The most popular home automation categories beginners start with usually include lighting, climate control, entertainment, smart home assistant, switches and outlets, cameras, and home security.

Home automation + home security.

Are you interested in pairing monitored home security features with your home automation system? This decision may guide you towards which system and device setup you go with for your home.

There are many home alarm companies in California that offer home automation devices and systems that integrate seamlessly with their home security platform.

This can be a great place to start as your entire system is managed under one company and there are no issues regarding compatibility concerns. These systems are also flexible when is comes to expanding you home automation system with additional devices as they use common compatible protocols.

The type of options available does differ across all the alarm companies in California. It can be extremely confusing and time consuming calling all these companies to discuss all your options. We’ve made this process easy for you as we are partnered with all the top alarm companies in California. This means you make one phone call to discuss all you options with a dedicated home security expert.

If you are interested with adding professionally monitored home security to you home automation system then call us today – 1-888-888-8888

Just home automation.

If you are not ready for monitored home security and just want to focus on home automation, then there are still plenty of options available for you.

First you’ll need to decide on how much automation are you looking to integrate into your lifestyle.

Will you be just automating a few individual elements in your home such as a light, door, camera, or just a smart home assistant setup?

If this is the case, then there are many available individual smart home devices that allow you to easily setup and start automating. This can be a great way to just test the waters with home automation.

Will you be looking for a connected, always communicating fully automated smart home solution?

With this solution, there are more factors to consider since your system will need to be fully compatible.

You can approach this in a few different ways:

Smart home hub

A smart hub system communicates with and controls all your devices using a seamless and consolidated user experience. This is definitely a popular choice as it’s a pre-packaged, plug and play setup that uses the standard wireless home automation languages such as Zigbee and Z-Wave.

This approach works great as the system is totally compatible and allows you to expand your system without any complications.

It would be good for you to have an idea of your favorite devices or areas of automation you may look to expand with in the future. This would allow you to identify the common wireless language in use. Having this predetermined may help you decide on which system to go with as you would want that system compatible with the same wireless language.

Here is a list of some popular home automation systems in California:

  • Nest
  • Samsung SmartThings
  • Control4
  • Savant
  • Hubitat
  • HomeSeer
  • Wink

Standalone devices and software platform

As the home automation industry continues to evolve, there is a spike in development activity with standalone devices such as Google Home and Amazon Echo. These system platforms may eventually replace all the other smart hub systems. These standalone devices are now integrating with third-party devices and can control all aspects of you home such as lighting, climate control, TVs, appliances, etc.

For iOS users, there is HomeKit. This is Apple’s version of the home automation hub and it allows you to control third-party devices via Siri through your iPhone.

Disclaimer: California Home Security Advisor (CHSA) has conducted unbiased research to recommend security brands, products, and other safety resources. This is not a guarantee. Each individual’s unique needs should be fully considered when deciding on chosen security brands and products.