Home Controls Guides
ISY Controller Users: Maybe It’s Time to Switch from INSTEON to Z-Wave
Those plugged into the home automation and security industry know about the various networks and wireless protocols used to command your smart home devices, such as Z-Wave, Zigbee, Insteon, Wi-Fi, and others. The purpose of this guide is to highlight the features of Insteon and Z-Wave protocols for current and potential ISY Controller users and consider whether now is a good time to begin migrating from Insteon to Z-Wave for your home automation applications.
Use Smart Sensors to Optimize Your Home Automation Scenes
We’ve spoken about Z-Wave before, but now we’re going to get into a little more detail on the usefulness and practicality of home automation. Typically you would look at a door/window sensor, or motion sensor, and expect that all it does is tell you and your automation hub when a door or window is open or when movement is detected in the room. While that is true on both counts, these sensors are capable of much more than simply telling you.
How to Make Mornings Easier With Home Automation
Let’s face it: for many of us, waking up during the work week can be a struggle. Whether you sleep through your alarms or force yourself out of bed while still half asleep, it can be hard to quickly muster the energy and focus necessary to kickstart your mornings. For days like these, adding smart home automation devices to your home can potentially improve your morning routine by programing your home to wake up with you. Here at Home Controls we offer a full spread of smart home devices that can make your mornings easier to greet.
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.
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.
How Many Wires Are In Your Old NuTone or M&S Intercom System?
Is your NuTone or M&S home intercom system old and out of date? Is it time to upgrade your system with a contemporary and stylish new home intercom, complete with modern features and the latest technology? The great news is that you don’t need to completely replace everything; you can still use the wires from your existing system. This means you don’t have to run new wires which saves you the need to call an electrician. A great money and time saver!
Getting to Know Your Circuit-Breaker Panel
With the popularity of using the powerline for lighting control such as UPB and X10, the time will come when things don’t work and troubleshooting will be due. An example would be where devices work in one part of the house, while others in a different location don’t work at all. This problem usually means a lack of signal in one part of the house.