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Top 6 Home Automation Devices

May 2, 2022

More and more products are going to market improving our daily quality of life. With that being said, some of us, are not privy to modern automation advancements. We will continue to advance , we will continue to automate, we will continue to wait until its our turn to board The Axiom.

Garage Door

The myQ Smart Garage Controller will interface your garage door with its interactive services. This universal interface works on essentially any garage door unit built after 1996. Although there are some exceptions to the rule almost all of them

Thermostat

Nobody wants to come to a hot home. The Ecobee 3 is a smart thermostat that works on both the google and apple platform. Easily control, adjust, and know the temperature of your home. You can also add SmartSensors to your home in order to cool or heat certain areas of the home.

Lighting Control

Lutron Caseta is hands down my favorite lighting control module. I’ve been able to test lighting control with Zigbee, Z-wave, and Wifi. Lutron takes the cake with its ease of use, reliability, and quickness. Quickly set up a scene, schedule, or turn on / off a light with a push of a button.

Smart Locks

When it comes to smart locks it really depends on your personal preference. I’ve been lucky and fortunate enough to have been able to afford different locking brands. I think each has its place and will make your home secure.

August Wi-Fi – This lock is the one we use on our front door. We used it as it would not change the esthetic of the door looking from the outside in. However please be advised you will have a large cylindrical lock on the inside of your door. Lock functions good and I only have to replace the batteries once every couple of months.

Kwikset 99190-004 – My office door is protected by a kwikset lock. It’s pretty straight forward, battery life is exceptional, comes in different color styles, and is an all around solid unit. I particularly like that 1 key (if i so need it ) can control all of their locks using their lock reprogramming technology.

Ceiling Fan

Moxie 52in Ceiling Fan – Personally, I buy ceiling fans for the air that they push. Their primary task in my house is to cool me off and also provide light. The lighting is however secondary in my mind. This fan, provides an amazing amount of air but, its downfall is the LED lighting. While I personally have no issues with it I can see someone having an issue. If staying cool is your objective, look no further.

Miscellaneous

This ONVIS Smart Motion Sensor seems to be the jack of all trades. It will check humidity, motion, and temperature. You could run a series of automations based on humidity, if it detects motion, or whatever your hearts content.

Home automation used to be considered only for the elite. Their unfortunate high price point put out everyday home owners. The DIY path gives us the ability to use our imaginations and implement a better quality of life for those mundane tasks.

Extreme Laziness – Automation using the NFC reader off your iPhone – https://emiliogarcia.net/home/apple/nfc-scene-automation/