Frozen Pipes? We can help!

Let iHomeCtrl help prevent frozen pipes this winter at your home or cottage with our ZWave Mulitsensor.  By installing this sensor, we can help you monitor your crawl space pipes, and keep the area warmed.  Since crawlspaces are not usually insulated as well as your house or cottage, the sensor is installed directly in the crawlspace, along with a smart plug, that is controlled by the Vera Automation Controller. A heater fan is plugged into the smart plug, which we then program the system to automatically turn the heater on, warm up the space, and turn off when the desired temperature is reached.  You don’t need to do anything, and you don’t need to be near the devises at all.  Alerts and notifications are sent automatically to your phone, computer or tablet.  You can monitor the situation remotely to ensure all is well in your home.  No more frozen pipes!

Now that’s a SMART Home!

 

Google Home Coming to Canada 2017

What is Google Home?

Google Home is a speaker that works with Google Assistant and the Internet of Things(IoTs) to allow a home/cottage/business owner to verbally operate their home automation.

By saying ” OK Google” you can turn your lights on, turn up the heat, add items to your grocery list, for a start.  Google Home, in the U.S. already interacts with other IoTs such as Nest, SmartThings,  and Phillips.  Google continues to add new devices, and once it comes to Canada, the hope is that there will be many new, tried and tested products for us to choose from.  Stay tuned, as iHomeCtrl, will follow the Canadian release and update our customers as more is know.

An Easier Way to Light the Christmas Tree

IHomeCtrl can make turning the lights on the Christmas Tree easier and more convenient.  Once our service staff have installed a GE Zwave Recepticle, and your tree lights are plugged into it, you can turn the lights on with a push of a button from your phone.  You can set the lights to come on at sunset, and turn off before bed, or easily turn them on anytime of day. No more reaching behind the tree, trying to find the extension cord, and the wall plug.

Happy Holidays to All, from the iHomeCtrl Staff

 

New Smart Home Products Coming to Canada

Here are some of the latest home automation products released this past year in the United States.  iHomeCtrl will keep you informed when these products reach Canada.

Haiku L Series Fan: The latest offering from Big Ass Fans has a 52″ diameter and transmits to a wall control panel that senses when you’re in the room, automatically changing to the preferred temperature. Since it syncs with the Nest Learning Thermostat, it can also save on your energy bill. Available in late January; $450 (Haiku Wall Control sold separately for $125).

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It Bed: Sleep Number’s newest model comes equipped with a network of sensors that track your biometrics (heart rate, breathing, movement) and offers recommendations to improve your sleep.

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Family Hub Refrigerator: This super-connected fridge is the latest offering from Samsung, which partnered with MasterCard to create an appliance that can track and order groceries thanks to its sleek 21-inch touch screen, which also syncs to your home’s other Samsung televisions. The built-in interior camera is accessible remotely so you can peer inside when at the supermarket.

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Honeywell Lyric Thermostat: Honeywell announced that the second generation of its refined thermostat would run on Apple’s HomeKit, allowing users to control their home’s heating with Siri or the HomeKit app.

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