Manhattan Construction offers full install, configuration, and training of smart home and home automation systems. What seemed like science fiction only a few years ago is now possible in your own home! This future is known as the internet of things. We sit down with you to go over your system goals before diving into a full analysis of your home to determine what software and hardware will work for you and your family. Proper automation setup can make things easier for your family, from automatically adjusting temperature and lights upon your arrival after work to being able to lock the door from anywhere in the world with your smartphone.
Welcome to the Internet of Things
Home Automation is also known as the internet of things. Home automation involves a user control hub installed on your devices like phones or tablets. This app communicates with your home “smart” devices. These can include anything from your thermostat to automated door locks and appliances.
We’ve heard of the coffee pot turning on when our home senses that we’ve gotten out of bed. We live in a world where Internet connectivity and smartphone ownership is near ubiquitous. Underlying and complementing these factors is the Internet of Things. The cloud, mobile computing and social technologies make the connected home possible.
Your Smart Home Welcomes You Home After a Long Work Day
Picture this, you drive up to your home after a long day at work. Thanks to the magic of geofencing your home senses your vehicle or smartphone approach. Instantly your smart lighting system turns on to greet you at the walkway to your front door. As you approach the door keyless entry works its magic, avoiding the hassle of fumbling with keys and your lunch bag.
You make your way into the kitchen and put your lunch dishes into the dishwasher, which has been programmed to run nightly at off-peak hours. From here it’s time to get changed into something more comfortable. Your nest thermostat has already set the temperature a few degrees cooler to offset your day under the beating sun.
It’s not the future, it’s today’s home automation technology in action.
Smart Home Energy Savings
By having your appliances and smart devices all accessible through a central control hub, you’re able to get a better handle on what is spending energy in your house – and when. Energy saving is crucial in Ontario where we have “time-of-use” rates, where power is cheaper at less taxing times of the day. With a smart home, you can you configure your lights and thermostat to automatically lower when you leave home, set your appliances like washers, dryers, and dishwashers to only run on off-peak times, and get alerts for things like water leaks. Pairing your thermostat with smart blinds can save a significant amount of home heating and cooling costs.
Because the Nest Thermostat learns how and when to keep you comfortable, it knows how and when to save energy. To prove it, we looked at the energy bills of real people in 41 states before and after they got Nest Thermostats. Then we watched the data roll in from two independent studies – from real homes with real families and real thermostats. The results were clear: on average, the Nest Thermostat saved 10% to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling. Based on typical energy costs, we’ve estimated average savings of $131 to $145* a year. That means the Nest Thermostat paid for itself in under two years.
Home Automation Meets the Smart Home Owner
We didn’t become the smart home experts of Durham Region overnight. Our specialists have been working with various brands and applications over the years, making sure when we meet with you and define your system goals we select the right hardware and software for ease-of-use for the entire family. From ITTT (If This Than That) and Homeseer to Wink, Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, and Google Home name a few. Our team takes stock of what current smart devices are in your home and see how we can make them work together – better.
Never Leave the Stove On Again Thanks to the Internet of Things
The most significant benefit to home automation is peace of mind. From your fingertips, you’re able to check when the kids get home, turn off any appliances you may have forgotten while rushing to work, and check on the family dog. On vacation? No problem, you can cycle your lights or raise and lower your blinds at home from anywhere you have internet access – or just set the system on an easy to configure timer that turns the lights on and off for you, protecting your home while you’re away without inconveniencing family or friends.
The Market Leader for Durham Region Home Automation Installation
The experts at Manhattan Construction offer a seamless solution for your smart home project. Our team can bring together several different manufacturers of technology to work in harmony to save you money. If you’re in the Durham Region and are ready to take a look at what home automation can do for you’re family we’re here to help. Reach out to us today by phone or email to set up an analysis and quote free of charge.
Manhattan Construction has consulted on smart home jobs in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa and Courtice Ontario. Home Automation is one of our core services, also including construction, renovation, and restoration services.