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Home Controls 2021 Guide to Smart Home Hubs

Home Controls is here to help with its updated guide to find the right smart home hub for your home.

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Now Offering HAVEN Locks and Home Security Devices

Home Controls now offers home security and access control devices from HAVEN, the makers of the one-of-a-kind HAVEN Lock.

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Tips for Installing IP Surveillance Cameras

Installing an IP surveillance camera system can be a daunting task, especially when it’s for a large home or business. There are a variety of things to consider, such as how many cameras (indoors and outdoors) will be installed and whether or not the cameras will be connected wirelessly or with cables. So before your start drilling holes and mounting cameras, we put together two lists of helpful tips for installing IP surveillance cameras so that you can avoid potential pitfalls and get the very best out of your video surveillance system.

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Favorite Z-Wave Home Automation Scenes

Z-Wave technology and home automation are making things a whole lot easier at home. With smart home products being popular more than ever before, smart homeowners are constantly looking for ways to simplify their day-to-day activities at home before, after, and when they’re at work. Z-Wave friendly products come in a variety of options, allowing for endless ways to integrate them into home automation scenes so that the days are less stressful, more productive, and easier to manage. Z-Wave technology is helping to change the way we live at home for the better, and having smart home automation scenes will most likely be experienced by the majority of homeowners just as much as the features used daily from smartphones and smart TVs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Prevent Costly Water Damage at Home with FortrezZ

In North America, one out of every three homes are victims of water damage. The extensive damage caused by leaking and/or flooding can result in insurance claims upwards of $10,000, making water damage insurance claims the most expensive and common claim filed. And those numbers only count those that make the claim, since many homeowners fear raising their rates and paying costly deductibles.

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7 DIY Smart Home Halloween Decorations

Halloween is approaching and it’s time to scare your neighbors! Luckily these days, it’s easier than ever to give house guests a fright with smart home automation. Check out the following DIY smart home Halloween decoration ideas to collect big screams and keep the Halloween fun alive.

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How to use Home Automation for AirBnb and Vacation Rentals

By adding smart home automation devices to vacation properties, vacation owners and landlords could save a lot of money in utility bills, increase home security, and be able to conveniently manage various parts of the properties such as lighting, security, HVAC, and others using a smartphone.

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Troubleshooting Your Skylink Universal Garage Door Opener

Programming the Skylink Universal Garage Door Opener (keypad entry model 89 and remote model 39) has proven to be a challenge for a lot of our customers, and in most cases, it always has to do with 4 reasons:

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Which Smart Home Products Should I Invest In?

Converting your home into a smart home is a wonderful investment because it will not only make home life easier for the entire family, but also increase your property value. Nowadays, there are so many home automation products available with endless options to choose from. Whether you want to control your lighting at home using a smartphone or add smart locks to your property, new products are being introduced to the market each and every day, and by the looks of it, the future is only going to bring more smart devices to our doorstep.

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Smart Automation In The Workplace

Convert your workplace into a smart workplace using smart automation products. There are many advantages in using smart devices at work because businesses can utilize them to simplify the office environment all while reducing utility costs.

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Home Automation with Outdoor Entertainment

When it comes to outdoor entertainment, using home automation devices to control lighting and music distribution is a great way to easily set the perfect ambiance when entertaining guests in your outdoor living spaces.

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Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat6a: What’s the Difference?

Wired connections provide a faster and more reliable connection than Wi-Fi. Ethernet cables have gone through various upgrades to keep up with faster and more commonly available data speeds. So the question is, what is the difference between Cat5e, Cat6, or Cat6a Ethernet cablesa?

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Inexpensive Ways to Simplify Life with Smart Technology

Turning your home into a smart home using inexpensive devices is a wonderful way to help simplify your life. Nowadays, there are more DIY home automation systems available than there were in the past that are affordable, easy to install, and simple to monitor. Just about any tech-savvy homeowner can convert their home into a place where lights, thermostats, security, and other home systems can be controlled with a wide range of devices that can cost no more than a few hundred dollars.

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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.

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