The Home Automation Revolution

Select the home automation protocol that allows you to customize and automate your living space.

 

Creating a smart home that meets your every need is not a new concept, but it is still in its early stages of becoming reality. With the Internet of Things, homeowners are now able to automate large portions of their homelife, from simple things like turning the lights on and off at certain times, to more complicated tasks like ordering toilet paper online at 2 in the morning using voice commands.

When it comes to choosing the best home automation device or system for you, the first step is learning what home automation is and how it works . Once you’ve gained a better understanding of what’s possible, you will be able to identify what you want your smart home to be able to do for you. It’s important to identify which are the most important features for you so that you can design your home automation around your own needs. For homeowners who already have a smart home hub--such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home--it’s possible to connect these popular devices to many of your existing home automation components in order to link your entire home to a single hub.

 

More About App Compatibility

When it comes to home automation, the options are nearly endless. Home automation tools can be used to manage home lighting, door locks, energy use, thermostat and temperature control, and more. The devices that are used for these specific purposes operate over various protocols, such as z-wave. While most home automation hubs do not operate using this protocol, they can be compatible with it. For example, many popular home automation tools like Morza products which operate through Alarm.com, and Philips Hue products designed to control lighting in the home, come equipped with included apps that allow them to be controlled via smartphone and tablet, and be integrated with your existing smart home hub like the Google Home or Amazon Echo.

If you’re a homeowner shopping around for home automation options, the most important step to ensuring compatibility is checking for apps that cross platforms to work with the systems that you already have in place in your home. If you’re starting from scratch, you will be able to select your components easily, ensuring that you’re starting with devices that all work together.

 

Alarm.com Devices Compatibility

Some of the most popular smart home devices sold by BrickHouse Security include the Morza powered by Alarm.com home products. Alarm.com conveniently offers an app that is compatible with the most popular smart home hubs like the Echo and the Home. This compatibility allows homeowners to integrate smart home devices that would ordinarily be controlled using a smartphone, making it possible for them to use the voice commands offered by the Home and Echo to control the app instead. For example, a user might be able to voice command Alexa, via the Amazon Echo device, to open and control the Alarm.com app.

 

Benefits of Home Automation

As the popularity and prevalence of automated homes increases, users are looking for more options that unite their systems. After all, the more connected your home automation is, the more easily your home can be controlled, and more importantly, customized to your needs. Users can use home automation for many applications, from simpler uses like using voice commands to turn on lights or play music, to more advanced tasks like scheduling thermostats to adjust the temperature and lights to turn on or off based on the time of day. Home automation can give users nearly complete control over the management of their homes, increasing comfort and functionality of the space.

If you’re considering introducing home automation into your living space, BrickHouse Security is proud to offer a full line of products from MORzA and Alarm.com, giving you a variety of home automation options that are easily compatible with some of your favorite hands-free assistants like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and more. Contact the BrickHouse Security team for more information about smart home automation and get started today!

Published January 19, 2018

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