What is Home Automation?

Automatic Homes Toronto feels that home automation would be a more popular option if there was a better general understanding of the technology and what it is capable of. Telling Alexa to turn off the lights is just the beginning, and one of the most simple tasks you can set up. Read our brief introduction below and then pick the path that's correct for you to find out more. 

 
 
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Connected devices

Today you can buy a connected version of pretty much every device. As smart devices move into the kitchen, you can even buy "smart" ovens. A connected device is usually connected to your home network and is able to communicate with other devices. An example of this would be when your Nest smoke detector is alerted, it communicates to your light bulbs that they should turn on. This communication between different devices is the key to home automation and separates the smart devices from the dumb ones.


triggers and actions

Each device has a set of triggers and actions. A trigger means your device changes in some way and tells your other devices about it. Some examples would be a door opening, a sensor detecting motion, a clock changing time, or your phone changing its location. These triggers can then be programmed to activate actions on your other connected devices. Some examples are:

  • At sunset, turn on my lights
  • If the door opens between 9 am and 5 pm, notify my phone
  • When I leave home, turn off my lights
  • When I arrive home, unlock my door

The list can go on forever, but these are simple automations that can be set up quickly to make your life easier. 

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it all comes together

When all of your connected devices come together, it starts to feel like an orchestra happening in your own home. There are so many moving parts, all with their own purpose but working together to achieve two goals: save energy and make life easier. 

Due to the hundreds of different device manufacturers, software, and hubs, putting together your orchestra can be quite difficult. This is because not every product is able to communicate with each other easily, and some companies don't want their devices to be compatible with other company's devices. As the home automation industry grows, each company is in a race to the top and creating an exclusive product line. 

There is when Automatic Homes Toronto comes to your rescue!


How we can Help

With how difficult it is for every device to talk to each other, we will use our industry and product knowledge to make sure your devices work the way you need them to. We provide free in-home consultations and walk you through every step of the way to building your own orchestra. Our simple process is:

  1. We visit you for a consultation to discuss your vision and ideas that we can bring
  2. The products needed for your project are ordered and delivered
  3. We install the products and set up all automations to make your life easier
  4. You receive any support needed after the installation for future automations

If you are interested in booking a free consultation, click the button below. If you still want to learn more, scroll down and select the scenario that matches you best.

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residential

Home automation in a residential environment focuses on saving energy and making your life easier. This can range from turning off your thermostat when you're not home to turning on your fan during a shower. The options are endless and we can customize endless options for your unique setup.

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Vacation rental (Airbnb)

Vacation rental installations have a focus on energy savings and security. If your home is vacant for a few nights, we can make sure your lights, heat, and other electronics are completely off. Our systems can also track activity in the home and provide guests with unique access codes instead of physical keys.

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Small business

Soon we will be providing automation and IoT solutions that are affordable for your small business. With a focus on analytics, we can set up sensors throughout your store and gather the information you have not been able to access before. Stay tuned to our blog and social media for more information.


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Certifications

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Nest Pro

As Nest Pros, Automatic Homes Toronto is able to install and extend the warranty of your Nest thermostat, Nest Protect, Nest cameras, and any other Nest devices.

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August Smart Locks

Our August experience allows us to efficiently install August smart locks along with the August Connect and August Keypad.

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Ecobee

Our Ecobee certification brings easy installation to your door. We will install the Ecobee thermostat, set up any needed room sensors, and teach you how to set it up with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri. 

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HomeSeer

HomeSeer is our preferred platform for controlling home automation. Cloud-based solutions can have issues when their services go down our your internet access is disabled. HomeSeer allows you to keep your automations going no matter what your internet connection is. 


 

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