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How to Detect Water Leaks

How to Detect Water Leaks

How to Detect Water Leaks

Detecting water leaks in your home is important. Water leaks cost money, put more stress on aquatic ecosystems, contribute to pipe failures, reduce water quality and pose a threat to your family’s health.

Here are 6 ways to detect water leaks in your home:

1. Conduct a Meter Dial Test

One way to detect if there are water leaks in your home is by monitoring the meter dial. First, turn all faucets and water-using appliances off, then locate the water meter dial; it’s usually found in the basement where the water pipe enters your home. Observe the red triangle on your meter dial. If the red triangle moves even though you’ve turned off all faucets and all water-using appliances, then there is a water leak somewhere in your home.

You can also conduct a slow leak test. You can do this by recording your meter’s reading before you sleep, after you’re done using water for the day. Check the meter’s reading again in the morning before using any water. An increase in the meter’s reading will indicate that there is a water leak somewhere in your home.

2. Conduct a Toilet Tank Test

To find out if your toilet tank has a leak, drop a small amount of food coloring into the toilet tank. After 10 minutes, observe the toilet bowl. If there’s any discoloration in the toilet bowl, then your toilet tank is leaking. Make sure that after this test, you flush the discolored water as this can cause staining.

One of the most common causes for toilet tank leaks are old or worn-out toilet flappers, also known as the valve seal. A flapper is made from rubber. Over time, minerals and decay build up on the flapper. However, it can easily be replaced to fix the toilet tank leak; just bring the old flapper to the nearest hardware store to make sure that it perfectly fits your toilet model.

Other possible causes for a toilet tank leak are flappers that are not properly seated in the valve, misaligned or bent flapper wires and corroded valve seats.

In the event that the leak is around the base of the toilet tank or where the toilet sits on the floor, it’s time to call a professional.

According to the Natural Resources Canada, a toilet that continues to run after flushing can waste up to 200,000 liters of water per year.

3. Conduct a Faucet Leak Inspection

Finding a faucet leak is probably the easiest as this requires only a visual inspection. A leaking faucet will drip even when you turn the dial off. The problem with finding a faucet leak is when you have a number of faucets in your home; checking every one of them can be tedious.

The most common cause of faucet leaks are old and worn faucet washers and gaskets. The Do-It-Yourself Network has a tutorial for faucet repairs.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second will waste 3,000 gallons of water per year. This wasted water is equivalent to the amount of water needed for over 180 showers.

4. Conduct a Showerhead Leak Inspection

Similar to faucets, finding out whether a showerhead is leaking can be determined by a simple visual inspection – if there’s a drip when you turn the dial off, you have a leak.

According to EPA, 500 gallons of water is wasted each year as a result of a showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute. This is equivalent to the amount of water you need to wash 60 loads in your dishwasher.

A showerhead leak can be fixed by tightening the connection between the pipe stem and the showerhead with pipe tape. Pipe tape, also known as Teflon tape, is available at your nearest hardware store.

5. Conduct an Outdoor Leak Inspection

If you’re using an in-ground irrigation system, conduct a visual inspection of each spring for leaks as irrigation systems are susceptible to damage from frost or freezing.

According to EPA, an in-ground irrigation system that has a leak that is 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (similar to the thickness of a dime) will waste 6,300 gallons of water per month.

6. Use Flowie and Floodie Sensors 

The best way to detect water leaks is by using the Flowie and Floodie sensors.

The Floodie sensor is a flood sensor that can be placed in flood-prone areas like under the toilet tank, dishwasher, water heater or in the basement. Once the Floodie sensor comes in contact with water, it sends text, email and in-app alerts.

The Flowie sensor is a water sensor that’s strapped onto the municipal water meter. This sensor comes with the following features:

  • Detects leaks and abnormal usage
  • Measures and reports water usage
  • Reports trends and analytics on water use, costs and changes
  • Reports power outages
  • Reports basement temperature and humidity
  • Sends text, email and in-app alerts for emergencies

The Flowie sensor is particularly useful in detecting water leaks that aren’t visible – for instance, pipe leaks. If undetected, leaks in water pipes may cause future pipe failures. Pipe leaks could also result in water contamination in your home, in turn threatening your health. Water leaks also result in mold growth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people have different reactions to molds.

“Some people are sensitive to molds,” the CDC said. “For these people, exposure to molds can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes or skin. Some people, such as those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions.”

Detecting water leaks in your home is crucial to saving money, saving the environment and for providing a healthy environment for you and your family.

Call us today to learn about the water detection option for your home and prevent a disaster.

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Why it’s Time to Ditch Your Old Smoke Alarm for Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Have you ever stared at your old smoke alarm and wonder if it’s still working? With the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your family and home are protected.

Here are the top reasons why it’s time to ditch your old smoke alarm for the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm:

1. Nest Protect Tests Itself

It’s important to regularly check that your smoke alarms are functioning. Data from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services showed that 15% of fires that occurred between 2011 and 2015, in residential properties where a loss occurred, had smoke alarms that weren’t operational. 4% of these cases were due to the smoke alarms not having power or battery.

The Fire Code of Ontario, Canada requires every home to have a working smoke alarm on every story and outside all sleeping areas. Failure to comply with the smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $100,000 for corporations or $50,000 for individuals.

Conventional smoke alarms require you to manually test that the alarm’s batteries and sensors are still working. To test the battery level, a battery tester has to be used. To test the sensors, the device has to be detached, brought outdoors and exposed to a small amount of smoke.

Nest Protect eliminates the need to manually test the sensors and batteries; the device actually tests them for you. When you turn off the lights at night before bed, the Nest Protect will show a quick green glow to assure you that its batteries and sensors are working. The quick green glow also signals that the device’s Wi-Fi connection is working.

Another way to check whether your Nest Protect’s batteries, sensors and Wi-Fi connection are working, is by checking your Nest app, which you can download onto your smartphone or tablet.

2. Nest Protect Functions Both as a Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

While traditional or conventional smoke alarms only detect smoke, Nest Protect detects both smoke and carbon monoxide.

You can see smoke. When your senses come across smoke, they react automatically. For instance, your eyes water or it’s difficult to breathe through your nose. Carbon monoxide on the other hand is a silent killer. Unlike smoke, you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide. Whenever a fossil fuel is burned, carbon monoxide is produced. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbon monoxide can cause sudden illness or death.

3. Nest Protect Tells You Where the Danger Is and the Alert Level

When your conventional smoke alarm goes off, your mind starts to panic and ask questions; where is the smoke coming from? Is it a full-blown fire or just burned food?

With Nest Protect, you’ll be notified in different ways whether the smoke or carbon monoxide level is at an early stage or at an emergency level. It also tells you which part of the house the danger was detected.

In case it’s an early warning due to a hint of smoke or carbon monoxide, Nest Protect will notify you in three ways:

Through the Device’s Speaker

You’ll hear, “Heads-Up. There’s smoke in the (specific room name). The alarm may sound.” 

Through Device’s Light

In case of an early warning, the device’s yellow light is turned on.

Through Smartphone or Tablet Alert

An early warning alert will also be sent to your smartphone or tablet, provided you have installed Nest app on your mobile device.

In the case of an emergency situation, you’ll be notified in the following manner:

Through Device’s Speaker

You’ll hear, “Emergency. There’s carbon monoxide in the (specific room name).” The alarm sound will also go off.

Through Device’s Light

In case of an emergency, the device’s red light is turned on.

Through Mobile Device Notification

You’ll also receive an emergency notification on your smartphone or tablet via the Nest app.

3. Easily Hush the Alarm

If the smoke is a result of burned food and there is no immediate threat, you won’t have to run to the alarm to fan it or turn it off; the alarm can easily be hushed via the Nest app.

4. Connectivity with Other Smart Home Devices

Conventional smoke alarms can’t be connected to other smart home devices, however the Nest Protect can be connected with compatible smart home devices. It can be connected with other Nest products, including the Nest Thermostat – a smart home device that remotely controls temperature.

For instance, the Nest Thermostat can be connected with a Jenn-Air oven, so if the Nest Protect detects smoke from burned food cooked inside the oven, the Nest Protect will communicate with the Nest Thermostat to turn off the oven.

The Nest Thermostat is also compatible with nearly 95% of low-voltage residential heating and cooling systems. If the Nest Protect were to detect smoke or carbon monoxide, it will communicate this information with the Nest Thermostat and the Thermostat will turn off your home’s heating and cooling systems – known to be the usual sources of smoke and carbon monoxide.

With the Nest Protect’s great features, such as the ability to test itself, to detect not just smoke and carbon monoxide, its ability to notify you the danger level and location via speaker, light and mobile device, the ability to silence the alarm via mobile device and the ability to connect with other smart home devices, you’ll have peace of mind while you sleep and even when you’re away from home. And did we mention smart camera?

3 Ways Google Home Helps You Do More in Less Time

3 Ways Google Home Helps You Do More in Less Time

3 Ways Google Home Helps You Do More in Less Time

Smart devices including Google Home are designed to make our lives easier and help us be more efficient. Google Home has rolled out 3 important updates to help you accomplish more tasks in less time.

1. Broadcast Your Voice

Shouting throughout your house to speak with a family member in a different room can be bothersome.

Google Home is introducing a better way to call out to family members through its update called “Broadcast”. You can use Google Home to broadcast your voice throughout your home to eliminate the need to shout.

Simply say, “Ok Google, broadcast:” followed by your message and it will be broadcasted to all Google Assistant enabled speakers in your home.

This is a great feature because it is quick and convenient – you don’t even need to touch your phone!

You can also broadcast your voice from one Google Home device to another. To get started ensure that all Google Home devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, at least one member of the household has signed into the Google Home app on each of the Google Home devices and turn off the “Disturb Not Disturb” function.

Broadcast also allows you to broadcast your voice from your smartphone to a Google Home device. To get started ensure that your smartphone meets the Google Assistant requirements, the same Google Account is signed in on both the smartphone and the Google Home device and that the “Do Not Disturb” function is off.

2. Voice Match

Google Home supports multiple users – up to six family members can now connect to one Google Home device.

What if you say, “Ok Google, good morning”, will it be able to give your daily briefing and not the daily briefing for your husband or your daughter?

Google Home can distinguish your voice from other family members. It’ll only provide your own commute time, your own appointments, your own playlist and your own personal contacts (in case you want to use the hands-free calling feature).

How to Use the Voice Match Feature

To use the voice match feature, follow these steps:

  1. Install the latest Google Home app.
  1. In the app, look for “multi-user is available” card. If you’re unable to see the card, click on the icon located in the top right corner to view all connected devices.
  1. Once you’ve located Google Home in the list of connected devices, choose “Link your account”. From here, you can teach Google Assistant – the AI behind Google Home – to distinguish who’s speaking.

How Voice Match Works

To interact with Google Home, you need to say one of these phrases “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”.

According to Yury Pinsky, Product Manager of Google Assistant, once either “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” is uttered, certain characteristics of the person’s voice is then analyzed by the AI.

Every time you say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” to your Google Home, the AI will match your voice with its earlier voice analysis in order to determine who’s speaking. This matching process, according to Pinsky, happens in a matter of milliseconds.

3. Hands-Free Calling

Hands-free calling is another feature of Google Home that allows you to do more in less time.

Whether you’re in the kitchen preparing for dinner or in your room putting things back in order, you can now place calls by using just your voice via Google Home.

This functionality is only available in Canada and the U.S. It’s also completely free as long as your call recipient is in Canada or in the U.S.

Calling your Mom to wish her a happy birthday or simply ordering a Pizza is just an “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” away.

Up to six members of your household can connect to Google Home and connect their personal contacts. This device can distinguish your voice from your husband and your children. Therefore if you want to call your Mom, it will call only your Mom and not your husband’s Mom.

Broadcast, Voice Match and Hands-Free Calling are just three features of Google Home that’ll help you accomplish tasks more efficiently.

With Google Home, you can also control your other smart home devices with your voice. Google Home can be connected to smart products such as Nest, Philips Hue, Wemo, TP-Link, SmartThings, IFTTT, LIFX, Legrand, Lutron, Awair, D-Link, Deako, Emberlight, Hive, iDevices, iHome, Leviton, Nanoleaf and many more.

Using only your voice through Google Home, you can control your C by GE lights, find the perfect temperature of your Nest Thermostat, control your Whirlpool microwave and oven, control your LG washer, dryer and refrigerator and keep an eye on your home via Nest indoor and outdoor cameras.

Contact us today to learn more and make your home smarter with the latest technologies!

Benefits of Keyless Entry Using August Smart Lock

Benefits of Keyless Entry Using August Smart Lock

Benefits of Keyless Entry Using August Smart Lock

Your front door is the most frequently used door in the house. This is the point of entry and exit and is the point where you grant people access to enter your home.

Installing the August Smart Lock on your front door gives you the benefit of entering your home without a key.

August Smart Lock eliminates the need for keys. You’ll no longer have to fumble through your bag in search of your keys. You won’t need to search through a bunch of keys on your keyring to find the right one for the door. There will be no need to worry about being locked out because you forgot your key. With the August Smart Lock, you will no longer have to worry about losing your house key.

How Keyless Entry Works

Keyless entry or auto-unlock is one of the unique features of August Smart Lock. Without having to grab a key or your phone, August smart lock will automatically open the door for you as you approach it.

Technologies behind Auto-Unlock Feature

August Smart Lock uses the auto-unlocking action by relying on the following technologies:

  • August App
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

For the auto-unlock feature, the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS are regulated by the August App. In order for this smart lock to work, you need to download the August App to your phone. The auto-unlock feature recognizes whether you are at home or away to determine whether or not to unlock the door.

Home Mode

Auto-unlock will enter the “Home Mode” when you’re at home. During Home Mode, nothing happens automatically as you’re presumed to be at home. Home mode is activated after auto-unlock successfully unlocks your door.

Away Mode

Once auto-unlock recognizes that you’ve left your home – specifically that you’ve travelled over 200 feet away from home – auto-unlock will enter the “Away Mode”.

Upon returning home, the auto-unlock feature will start looking for your lock’s Bluetooth signal. Without needing to take out your phone, auto-unlock will detect when you are 10 to 15 feet from your door and will unlock it for you. It will then enter Home Mode again.

How to Optimize the Auto-Unlock Feature

1. Turn on your phone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The auto-unlock feature works best if you turn on both your phone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as your phone uses these two technologies to establish your true location. If your location can’t be determined, the auto-unlock feature won’t work correctly.

2. Take advantage of the August app notifications.

By default, the August app will notify you every time you are in the Home Mode or Away Mode.

3. Enter and exit with August Smart Lock installed.

Come and go through your front door without the need to use keys or your phone.

4. Turn on your August app.

If you turn off your August app, your Home or Away status can’t be determined. If your location can’t be established, August app won’t auto-unlock your door as a security measure.

5. Turn on your phone.

If you’re away from home, don’t turn off your phone as this disables the August app, your phone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – technologies that are necessary to power the August Smart Lock.

Turning off your phone will also result in failure to establish your Home or Away status. Once this happens, auto-unlock won’t function as a safety measure.

Keyless Entry for Family, Friends, Housekeepers

With the August Smart Lock, you’ll no longer have to worry about someone making an unauthorized copy of your key.

When you need to let family, friends, housekeepers etc. into enter your home when you’re not there, you can grant them access by sending each of them an invitation via the August app. After accepting your invitation, they’ll have instant access to your home based on the access levels that you’ve set.

Keyless Entry for Authorized Delivery Personnel

Early this year, August Home and Deliv, a leader in same day delivery services, announced a partnership for in-home delivery.

“With this new partnership, August Access customers will be able to opt for secure in-home delivery after the transaction with the retailer or business is completed,” August Home, in a statement, said. “If the customer authorizes an in-home delivery, August generates a one-time passcode. When the Deliv delivery specialist arrives, they ring the doorbell and a notification will be sent to the customer’s phone via the August app that the delivery is occurring. If no one answers the door, the Deliv delivery specialist will use the one-time passcode to unlock the door and drop off the package. Customers can even choose to watch the delivery take place in real-time through the August app or view a recording of it any time.”

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7 Things You Can Do with Google Home Smart Speaker

7 Things You Can Do with Google Home Smart Speaker

7 Things You Can Do with Google Home

Google has just made life easier with its smart speaker and home assistant called “Google Home”.

Gone are the days when you have to write on paper, pick up the phone, go online and type or click something to accomplish things. With Google Home, you simply use your voice to get things done.

Here are 7 things that you can do with this smart speaker and home assistant:

1. Plan Your Day

You can start your day with one of the features of Google Home called “My Day”. The moment you wake up, you can say “Ok Google, tell me about My Day”.

My Day gives you an organized summary of the information that you need for the day without the need of looking into your calendar or typing or clicking things online. It gives you daily snippet of the following:

  • Weather

It tells you about the current weather, whether it’s sunny, cloudy or rainy outside.

  • News

Through My Day, you can listen to news from your chosen news source.

  • Traffic

Google Home gives you an estimated travel time from home to work based on the volume of traffic.

  • Calendar

You can listen to your appointments for the day.

  • Flight Status

You can listen to the status of your upcoming flight, whether it’s still on schedule or delayed.

2. Manage Tasks

With Google Home, you can control your timer and alarm – check, set, pause, stop, and recur – with just the use of your voice.

3. Accomplish Tasks

With Google Home, you can effectively accomplish tasks. It allows you to complete the following tasks:

  • Shop

You don’t have to go to the nearby store to buy your everyday necessities – from groceries to food for your pet. With Google Home, you can order from Google’s participating retailers, including Walmart. To order from Walmart, for instance, you can say, “Ok Google, order dog food.”

To set-up your order, use the Google Home app. Go to “More settings” and look for “Payments.” From there, set your delivery address and credit card details.

  • Cook

If you’ve an unexpected guest and you want to cook something of this guest, you can ask Google Home to give you step-by-step cooking instructions. Google Home’s system has over 5 million recipes from Bon Appetit, The New York Times and Food Network.

  • Make Calls

If you want to call someone, you don’t anymore have to pick up the phone. With Google Home, you simply say, “Ok Google, call (supply the name of the person you want to call).”

For instance, you can say, “Ok Google, call Mom.” Even if other family members also use Google Home, it’ll call only your mom, not your hubby’s mom as the system recognizes specific voices. You can also make free calls to businesses and personal contacts located in any parts of the US and Canada.

4. Get Answers

With close to 20 years of experience of answering myriad of questions, Google is guaranteed to give informative answers to questions pertaining to anything under the sun and even beyond.

  • Weather

You can ask Google Home about the weather forecast for tomorrow, specific day, weekend or in the one to 10 days. You can also ask how the weather in certain location is. For instance, you can ask “Ok Google, will it rain tomorrow in Winnipeg?”

  • Calculations

If you’re bad with numbers or you simply don’t want to use your brain to calculate complicated numbers, you can ask Google Home to do this task.

  • Translation

You can ask Google Home to translate for you words and phrases in supported languages. For instance, you can ask, “Ok Google, what’s ‘call me’ in French.

  • Currency Conversions

You can ask Google Home conversions of global currencies and unit conversions. Examples of questions you can ask include:

“How many Swiss Francs is a Canadian dollar worth?”

“How many liters are there in 5 gallons?”

  • Nutrition

If you’re on a strict diet, you can ask Google Home for nutritional content of certain products or natural foods. You can ask these questions:

“What are the foods rich in calcium?”

“How much sugar is there in a Diet Coke?”

  • Dictionary

Consider Google Home as your talking dictionary. You can ask it about the meaning things like El Niño, cryptocurrency or anything that’s unclear to you.

5. Watch or Listen to Media

With Google Home, you can stream video content to any TV that has Chromecast plugged in or Chromecast built-in using only your voice. You can also stream audio to any speaker that has Chromecast Audio plugged in or Chromecast built-in using only your voice.

6. Play Games

If you’re tired of watching videos or listening to music or podcasts but still want to be entertained, you can opt to play games using Google Home. With this smart speaker and home assistant, you can play games, such as “Lucky Trivia”, “Crystal Ball” and “Mad Libs”. You can also ask Google to talk like Yoda to you.

7. Control Your Home

Using only your voice, you can control other smart devices in your home using Google Home. Examples of smart devices that you can integrate with Google Home include August Smart Lock, Philips Hue lights, Chromecast, Sony Bravia XBR-A1E, Nest Learning Thermostat and iRobot Roomba 690.

By using IFTTT, you can also control other online services and third-party smart devices that aren’t directly integrated with Google Home. IFTTT, which stands of “If this, then that”, is a separate company from Google. Through IFTTT, you can, for instance, connect Google Home with your smart coffee maker or to your social media accounts. For instance, you can say to Google Home:

“Rise and shine, let’s start a new day,” and then your smart coffee maker turns on.

“Tell my friends I’m unavailable for one week,” then a status update is posted to your social media accounts.

There’s no limit to how many third-party smart devices and online services that you can connect Google Home with. This makes the possibilities of this smart speaker and home assistant limitless.

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How to Make Google Home as Your Smart Home Devices Control Center

How to Make Google Home as Your Smart Home Devices Control Center

Here is How to Make Google Home as Your Smart Home Devices Control Center

From locks to thermostats, our home gadgets are getting smarter and connected. You can control your smart home devices using Google Home.

What Are Smart, Connected Home Devices?

Many of today’s home devices operate beyond their physical components. They are now smarter and connected.

Physical Components

The physical aspect of a home device refers to the electrical and mechanical parts. In August smart lock, the batteries and deadbolt parts – the thumb-latch and turnpiece – are the physical components of this home gadget.

Smart Components

The smart aspect of a home device refers to the computer hardware and software components. Smart components include microprocessors, data storage and sensors. The hardware and software components of standard computers – desktops or laptops – greatly differ from the smart devices. For one, smart devices are smaller compared to standard computers.

A standard computer is meant to accomplish a number of tasks, including researching, calculating, recording and other tasks. A smart device, on the other hand, is typically meant to do a specific job. In the case of the August smart lock, its specific purpose is to keep the bad guys out and keep the good guys in.

Connectivity Components

The connectivity aspect of a home device refers to the ports, antennae and protocols enabling wired or wireless connections of the device.

Connectivity comes in three forms: one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many.

  • One-to-One Connectivity

This refers to a device that connects to the user, the manufacturer or another product. An example of this type of connectivity is when the Nest camera indoor is connected to the user’s smartphone through the Nest app.

  • One-to-Many Connectivity

This refers to a central system that’s connected nonstop to many products simultaneously. An example of this type of connectivity is that of Tesla cars connected to Tesla’s single system that monitors and conducts remote service and upgrades.

  • Many-to-Many Connectivity

This refers to multiple products being connected to various other products. For this type of connectivity, Google Home plays a big role.

What is Google Home?

Google Home is a multi-purpose home device. At the heart of Google Home is Google Assistant – an artificial intelligence (AI) – that enables you to do myriad of tasks. The list of things that Google Home can do keeps getting longer. It plays music from the cloud based on your preferences. It contextually answers your questions. It manages your alarms and timers, your to-do lists and shopping lists. It can call any phone number for free in the US and Canada. Most importantly, it can connect and control other smart home devices.

You can do all of the above-mentioned tasks by simply activating Google Assistant through your voice or simply by saying “Ok Google”. This AI assistant is also multi-lingual. It can understand English, German, French, Brazilian, Portuguese and Japanese. Later this year Google will add Spanish, Italian and Korean. It can also support multiple users. No need to worry though as it can differentiate your voice from others in your home.

“With Google Home, you will be able to get hands-free help from your Assistant,” tech giant Google describes Google Home. “Turn up your party mix, get the morning news, manage your schedule and control your smart home without lifting a finger. Just start with ‘Ok Google’.”

You can connect the following smart devices to your Google Home:

1. Connect Chromecast-Connected TV or Speaker to Google Home

Chromecast, formerly Google Cast, is a small device that plugs into a speaker or TV, allowing you to stream audio or video from your phone, tablet or laptop right to your TV or speaker.

You can also connect Chromecast-connected TV or speaker to Google Home. For example, you can use your voice via Google Home to search YouTube videos on your Chromecast-connected TV. To do this, ensure that your Chromecast-connected TV and Google Home are on the same network. Open then your Google Home app and look for the “TVs and Speakers” tab under the “More settings” tab. From there, tap the plus symbol located at the bottom of the screen.

2. Connect August Smart Lock to Google Home

You can connect your August smart lock with Google Home. In order to connect these two devices, you need the August Connect – an accessory that plugs into any power outlet near your August smart lock and connects your smart lock to your home WiFi. You also need to download the Google Home app.

There are two ways to connect your August smart lock and Google Home.

Option 1:

For option 1, after setting up Google Home, launch the Google Home app. This message “Link to August” will appear in the “More Settings/Services” section of the Google Home app. Tap the “Link” and then login to your August account.

Option2:

For option 2, after setting up your Google Home speaker, launch the Google Home app, then go to “More Settings”. From there, tap “Services” and then find August home. From this August home, if you’ve already said “Ok Google, talk to August” and still haven’t connected your August and Google accounts, you’ll see a “Link Account” option.

Once the August and Google are paired, you can then tell Google Home, “Ok Google, tell August to lock the front door” or “Ok Google, ask August to check the front door”.

3. Connect Nest Products to Google Home

The good thing about Nest products – Nest thermostat, Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, Nest camera indoor, Nest camera outdoor – is that these products are owned by Alphabet – the same company that owns Google. All Nest products can be integrated or connected with Google Home.

To connect Nest’s thermostat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, indoor camera and outdoor camera with Google Home, follow these steps:

  • Open the Google Home app.
  • Tap Menu and then Home control in the top left corner of the Home screen.
  • In the “Devices” tab, at the bottom right tap “Add”.
  • Tap the device you want to connect to Google Home and then follow the steps.
  • When the pairing of a particular smart device with Google Home is complete, tap “Done”.

There’s no limit to the number of smart devices you can link to Google Home. When you need help making your home smarter, give us a call and we will be happy to help.