Category Archives: Smart home installation
Lutron Fan Control is Here
Lutron has just added overhead fan controls to their popular Caseta line of switches, dimmers, and blind control. This new device replaces a boring on/off fan switch with a cool control that can control fan speed from your phone, voice assistant, or compatible Pico switch.
Check out a full review on c|net of Lutron’s latest Caseta device.
Contact Sun Home Automation today for your free smart home consultation.
Your Nest Hello Checklist
The Nest Hello Doorbell combines security and convenience features for your home. It works like a regular doorbell, but combines a video camera and communicates to you through the Nest app, or any Google Home or Hub.
Any time there is activity at your door, you can see the video and get notified if its a noise, an animal, or friendly face. When the doorbell button is pushed, it rings your chimes and can toss up the video stream to your Google Hub anywhere in your home.
Video doorbells also advertise to potential thieves that you are looking – 24/7. Just having a Nest Hello on your front door will help deter attempts to steal and enter your home, which is a primary goal of home security.
Here are some things to check before you purchase a Nest Hello:
- Make sure you have a powered doorbell. This means wires from the doorbell into the side molding of the door. If you have a wireless doorbell, or no wires at all, then it will be difficult (expen$ive) to bring power to the door.
- Make sure you have a working transformer bringing at least 20V to the system. Nest Hellos require power ALL THE TIME because they are looking and listening all the time.
- Make sure you have adequate wireless signal at the door and at least 2Mbps bandwidth to upload the video stream.
Even if you don’t have wiring, other battery powered solutions are available to finesse the situation.
For questions about the Nest Hello or any other smart home device – Call Sun Home Automation for your free consultation.
When is a home “smart?”
In some respects, it’s hard to believe this quote actually came from the Apple taskmaster general but truer words were never spoken.
We know there are situations where humans take advantage of technology for less than honest endeavors, but the benefits of technology — when appropriately applied –bring enormous benefits.