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Introducing Ezlo Plus and Ezlo Secure: The Most Compatible Smart Home Hubs
Home Controls is proud to introduce Vera’s newest and most powerful automation hubs: The Vera Ezlo Plus and the Vera Ezlo Secure. These two smart home automation hubs feature groundbreaking automation features and the latest Z-Wave software to create two of the most powerful, versatile, and compatible smart home hubs in the industry.
Available Now: Exclusive Surveillance Kit Including the Camect Hub and Seco-Larm Outdoor IP Cameras
Home Controls is partnering with Camect and Seco-Larm to provide an affordable surveillance system kit that is perfect for new or pre-existing security applications. The Camect Smart Video Recorder Hub with Weatherproof 5MP IP Bullet Cameras kit consists of the Camect Smart Video Recorder Hub, and either a group of Seco-Larm Enforcer 5MP Outdoor IP Fixed Lens Turret Cameras or 5MP Outdoor IP Fixed Lens Bullet Cameras.
Why Your Smart Home Needs an Intercom System
Improve the way you communicate with your family at home all while adding another layer of security to your smart home with a home intercom system. Installing a home intercom system eliminates the need to yell for family members across your home to get their attention. With the push of a button, you’ll have instant room-to-room communication with other members of your household without having to leave your current room. Additionally, most intercom systems can incorporate a video doorbell unit, giving you the ability to see and speak with visitors at your front door.
Use Alexa to Update Your Home’s Intercom System
Do you have an intercom system in your home that was installed when the house was built? You know, the ones with a Master station, which has the AM/FM radio and a room station in most rooms of the house? If you have one and it doesn’t work anymore, you have options. We carry replacement systems that can retrofit into the same openings in the walls that your current stations are in, with little-to-no drywall work. Just give us a call and we can get you started.
10 Reasons You Need Automatic Window Openers
There are many great benefits to having automatic window openers in a home or business, from improving the air quality in an indoor environment to minimizing the use of air conditioning, which could help save energy all while lowering the monthly utility bill. But there are other important reasons you can improve your life by adding automatic window openers to your property.
5 Benefits of Living in a Smart Home
Have you ever left home wondering if you locked your front door? Or have you ever been halfway to your destination only to realize that you forgot to turn off all of the lights in the living room? And because you were in a hurry, what if you left the garage door open? No need to turn around and head back home.
5 Benefits of Living in a Smart Home
Have you ever left home wondering if you locked your front door? Or have you ever been halfway to your destination only to realize that you forgot to turn off all of the lights in the living room? And because you were in a hurry, what if you left the garage door opened? No need to turn around and head back home.
How to Control Leviton Omni Systems with Amazon Alexa
The Leviton Omni Security and Automation Controller series is one of the tried-and-true workhorses of the home automation world since about 1985. Along with providing rock-solid security, it allows for control of the major systems in your home such as lighting, temperature control, access control and other automation functions. It is one of the most versatile and capable automation controllers available today. Leviton has an app available that makes the entire system accessible from the palm of your hand.
Great Lighting Scenes for Home Automation
Home automation technology has changed the way lights are being used at home and with the use of a good lighting control system you’ll be able to manage your lights in ways that will make life at home easier, more secure, and a lot more enjoyable. Smart lighting can be integrated into homes and controlled in a variety of different ways, primarily with the creation of lighting scenes. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of scenes, think of scenes as automatic tasks that your smart home system performs. These automatic tasks, or scenes, are created by you with the use of a home controller. So basically, you can create lighting scenes to follow recurring schedules that will automatically turn on or off certain lights of your home. Besides having scenes automatically turn on by your home automation system, you can also activate them with devices that are compatible with your home controller such as wall-mounted touchscreens, smartphones, tablets, handheld remotes or smart switches.
What is a Central Vacuum System, and Why Would I Want One?
Imagine being able to vacuum your entire home without having to carry around a heavy and bulky vacuum unit. Let’s face it, cleaning your home can be an annoying chore as it is and having to deal with a standard, mobile vacuum unit doesn’t make it easier since they can be really loud all while leaving dirt and debris behind due to their weak motors. Then there’s the hassle of dealing with tangled cords that never seem to be long enough to cover the entire room.
How ABB Welcome Changed U.S. Home Intercoms & Security
When the ABB Welcome Door Entry System was introduced to the United States earlier this year, Home Controls and installers-in-the-know could already feel that U.S homeowners were in for a real treat. Now that months have passed, we know this feeling wasn’t just wishful thinking. ABB Welcome has changed the U.S. market for home intercoms and security.
How to Upgrade From Analog to IP Surveillance
Surveillance systems made up of IP cameras and networked recording equipment are rapidly growing in popularity over analog surveillance systems for numerous reasons. As such, homeowners who have traditional analog systems are wondering how they can make the upgrade from analog to IP.
SkylinkNet Now Works with IFTTT! Get 5 Starter Recipes
That’s right, the do-it-yourself SkylinkNet wireless alarm system just got a lot cooler — it now works with IFTTT. Anyone who has the SkylinkNet Internet Hub can automate connected devices using custom IFTTT recipes, so not only do you get expanded automation options for your Skylink devices, you can also integrate third-party devices into your system. Check out the video for a quick synopsis, or scroll down for more info.
Yale Digital Locks Make Keyless Entry Easy
Expanding our selection of top-quality electronic door locks, Home Controls is proud to announce that we now offer the latest Z-Wave deadbolts and leversets from Yale Security. As part of the Yale Real Living product line, these residential locks bring over a century of innovation to the modern, connected home.
Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for the Holidays
Smoke alarms save lives. Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to tell you when to get to safety.
NuTone’s New Central Vacuum Motor Series is PurePower
NuTone has released a major improvement to their collection of central vacuum systems with three new PurePower series motors. If you have been considering equipping your home with the convenience of a central vac, then one of these new motors should be on the top of your shopping list.