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Smart Home 101

Smart Home 101

Are you curious about smart home tech but are unsure where to start? It's not as complicated as you might think.

Many homeowners feel overwhelmed when they think about smart homes. With so many options and devices to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. But, it has never been easier or more affordable to add some simple technology to your home.

Let's talk about some of the basic devices that are available for your home:

Lighting

At Kraun Electric, this is our specialty. In Ontario, only a licensed electrician is permitted to work on the electrical systems in your home.

And we're not talking about installing smart light bulbs (it would cost a small fortune to replace all the bulbs in your home). We're talking about being able to control the lights in your home not only from the switch on the wall but also from a simple app on your mobile device.

With a Smart Bridge from lighting control manufacturer Lutron, you can control one, two, or even all the lights in your home from the convenience of your iOS or Android device.

Adjust smart lighting

So what does this look like? Here are a few examples:

  • Lights out at night! Create a "goodnight" setting that turns out all the lights in your home with the tap of a button, or with a simple voice command.
  • Arriving home when it’s already dark? Using location services on your phone, you can set your lighting to come on when you pull into the driveway.
  • Lutron has a “smart away” feature that randomly turns lights off and on while you’re on vacation, deterring potential intruders.
  • An occupancy sensor can turn the lights on in your laundry room when you walk in with your arms full of laundry.
  • Set up favourite lighting “scenes”. For example, “movie time” might dim the lights to a preferred level.
  • Quickly adjust the timing of exterior lighting, depending on the time of year.

Security

It is easy and affordable to add some safety and security to your home with Ring products. A Ring video doorbell is a good place to start and can help track all those online orders that get dropped at your front door.

Ring also makes security devices, including keypads, contact sensors, motion detectors. Their 8-piece alarm kit offers great coverage for your home at a good value.

With a few smart security pieces, you can:

  • get an alert when someone uses your video doorbell, and communicate with them in real-time.
  • be notified of any movement within range of your video doorbell
  • receive an alert for any unexpected window or door opening
  • be informed of any deliveries to your home while you are away

Fire, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide

We can't forget to talk about fire safety in the home. Not only can smart home technology make your life easier, but it makes it significantly safer as well. The Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener does exactly what you might imagine it does - it listens for the sound of any smoke or CO alarm inside your home.

If you have a vulernable person or persons living with you, imagine the sense of peace that comes with knowing they are a little less vulnerable because of a few simple devices.

Thermostats

Another easy way to add convenience to your home is with the EcoBee smart thermostat. You can ensure you wake up to a cozy home in the winter, a comfortable home in the summer and enjoy savings while you sleep!

It is completely adjustable from your phone or other mobile device. Forgetting to turn down the heat or air conditioning before you go on vacation is a thing of the past!

Get Started with a Kraun Smart Home

With Kraun Electric's simple and affordable bundles, everyone can experience the convenience of a smart home. Our licensed electricians will install and set up everything you need. Bundles start at $39.99 per month. Contact us today for your free smart home evaluation or learn more.