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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.

Connect with us today to learn more about incredible deals on Google Home, and other smart home devices

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.

How August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out, Keeps the Good Guys In

How August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out, Keeps the Good Guys In

How August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out, Keeps the Good Guys In

How many times have you run back to check if your front door is shut? Probably, too many to count. Consider incorporating the August smart lock into your smart home system.

August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out

Worrying about your front door lock every time you go out of your home isn’t misplaced. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc. (InterNACHI), an astonishing 34% of burglars enter through the front door. The burglary rate in Canada is slightly higher than that of the U.S. (746 per 100,000 people), InterNACHI reported.

With August smart lock, you can check whether you lock your front door or not on your smartphone using the August app, available on Google Play and Apple App Store. You can also check the lock or unlock status of your door by asking your intelligent assistant Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

If you indeed forgot to lock your door, you don’t have to run back to close it. You can use your smartphone or Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to lock the door for you. Knowing that your door is locked even when you’re far away from home will give peace of mind. 

The August smart lock, when paired with its accessory August doorbell cam, can deter burglars. Most residential burglaries take place during the day when burglars think that you’re at work. The one-way camera of the August doorbell cam detects motion, takes a video and sends you an instant visitor alert to your smartphone.

With the August doorbell cam two-way speaker, you can keep the bad guys out by appearing to be at home even if you’re not by talking to whoever is in front of your door using your smartphone.

August Smart Lock Keeps the Good Guys In

While our front door is meant to keep the bad guys out, it’s also meant to keep the good guys in.

You can keep the good guys in with the August smart lock and doorbell cam. In an emergency situation where there’s a fire alert in your house and no one is at home, you can simply buzz in the fire department to stop the fire. No need for them to break down the door or windows.

In another scenario where your trusted relative or friend from out-of-town is already at your doorstep and you’re running late to meet him or her, you can send a secure virtual key or unique entry code via your August app for him or her to unlock the door.

Your trusted guest doesn’t need to use a smartphone to use the virtual key. Your trusted guest simply has to encode this virtual key on the August smart lock accessory called “August Smart Keypad”. You can also give virtual keys to other trusted individuals like your dogwalker or house cleaner.

These virtual keys or unique entry codes serve as spare keys for people you trust. Unlike traditional keys, these virtual keys can’t be lost or copied without your knowledge. You can monitor anytime of the day the locking and unlocking of your door using the August app.

Here are 2 instances August smart keeps the bad guys out and keeps the good guys in:

1. August smart lock keeps package thieves out.

The prevalence of doorstep deliveries has significantly increased in the recent years due to the rise of online shopping. Based on a survey commissioned by August Home Inc. and carried out by research firm Edelman Intelligence (PDF), the majority of packages delivered at the doorsteps are stolen during the day when the greater part (74%) of homeowners are out.

The Edelman Intelligence survey revealed that more than 1 in 4 homeowners that experienced package theft in the past say it would be ideal if delivery personnel could leave packages directly inside their homes, instead of the doorstep.

Ninety-two percent of the respondents agree that the ability to see anyone at the doorstep via a doorbell cam from anywhere using the smartphone provides peace of mind. Eighty-six percent of the Edelman Intelligence survey respondents mention the value of a smart lock in allowing packages to be left inside the home without the need of leaving the door unlocked.

2. August smart lock secures your short-term rental.

Short-term rental is a growing global business. According to Euromonitor International, the global short-term rental business is projected to hit $51 billion by 2020, due in part to the strong growth of players like Airbnb. A big number of vacationers are choosing short-term rentals over hotels as they feel more at home with all the necessary amenities.

If you’re renting out your home on a short-term basis, the findings below from a survey about smart home system commissioned by August Home Inc. and carried out by research firm Edelman Intelligence (PDF) will give you peace of mind.

  • 92% of business travelers say they are more likely to complete their short-term rental reservation if the property has smart home system
  • 60% of guests say they would pay more for a short-term rental with smart home features, including smart lock and doorbell camera
  • 48% of guests say smart home features allow them not to coordinate with short-rental hosts when arriving or departing the property
  • 46% of guests say smart home features provide an easier system for checking-in and checking-out
  • 45% of guests say smart home features allow them to remotely confirm they have locked the door when they leave the rental property
  • 66% of short-rental hosts say smart lock is a stress-reliever as they don’t have to worry about guests forgetting to lock the door
  • 34% of hosts say that with the smart lock, they don’t need traditional keys where someone other than the guest might find them
  • 35% of hosts see the benefit of being able to see, speak and grant access to someone at the door remotely using the smart lock and smart doorbell cam
  • 45% of hosts say smart locks make their rental properties more secure
How NEST Outdoor Camera Prevents Break-Ins

How NEST Outdoor Camera Prevents Break-Ins

How NEST Outdoor Camera Prevents Break-Ins

Picture yourself away from home.

An unknown person jumps over your fence.

You receive a phone notification as your NEST Outdoor Camera captures the images of this intruder.

You check your NEST app notification and see a stranger lurking in your back yard.

You speak via your NEST app, telling the stranger to get out and the intruder immediately runs away.

The above-scenario shows how NEST Outdoor Camera can prevent break-ins.

Prevalence of Burglary in Canada

According to Statista, there were 159,338 burglaries in Canada in 2015. This 2015 data is significantly lower than the burglaries committed in Canada in 2000, which stood at 293,357. Still, the 2015 burglaries were notable considering that’s 436 burglaries each day.

The Conference Board of Canada, using the 2010 United Nation’s periodic surveys of crime trends, gave Canada a burglary score of “B” and ranked the country 8th out of 17 peer countries, with 578 burglaries per 100,000 people in 2010.

Economic loss is evident in burglary. The Government of Canada’s estimated total cost (victims’ tangible and intangible costs, criminal justice system costs and criminal career costs) per incident of residential burglary in 2014 was between $5,928 to $6,228.

In addition to economic cost, burglary has a corresponding psychological cost. While each person reacts to a crime differently, some victims of burglary may experience enduring feelings of powerlessness, anger, insecurity and fear, according to the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (PDF).

Crimes like burglary, according to the Conference Board of Canada, may also reduce the levels of trust within a community and may result in breakdown in social cohesion. The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, meanwhile, said that crimes like burglary can victimize communities “leading to their deterioration over time”.

Security Camera as Deterrent to Burglary

One of the ways to find out what deter burglars is to ask them. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USCC), Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology (PDF) study asked 422 convicted burglars in North Carolina, Ohio and Kentucky what deter them from burglarizing specific targets.

The study found that outdoor cameras and other surveillance equipment were considered by most burglars when selecting a target. Nearly 60% of the burglars asked by USCC researchers reported that cameras and other surveillance equipment deter them from committing the act of burglary.

NEST Outdoor Camera as Break-Ins Deterrent

While there’s no perfect way to protect your home against burglars, the probability of having your home broken into is significantly reduced if you have the NEST Outdoor Camera. This security camera allows you to prevent a break-in before it happens in the following manner:

  1. It records everything.

NEST Cam Outdoor allows you to view your front yard, back yard or side yard, day and night and regardless of weather conditions – whether it’s sunny or raining outside. It continuously records 24/7 everything within its 130° wide-angle view and in full 1080p HD video.

  1. It notifies you when an intruder enters your yard.

It’s impossible to watch your video feed all the time. NEST Cam Outdoor watches these video feeds for you and notifies you whenever there’s an unusual activity outside your home.

This outdoor camera watches for motion and also listens to noises like the sound of window breaking. It can also identify a person from a thing. Whenever the outdoor camera sees moving objects, hears noises or sees a person, it can notify with a photo from the event through the following:

  • NEST app sends a pop up on your smartphone similar to alerts you receive from other apps.
  • Email you using the address you use to sign into your NEST Account.
  1. It allows you to scare off the intruder with your voice.

In NEST Cam Outdoor, you’re not just a passive observer. Once you get a notification of an intruder in your home, you can scare off the unwanted person by telling – or yelling at him or her – to get out of your property.

You can scare off the intruder by speaking through your NEST app and your roaring voice will come right off the NEST Outdoor Camera with its built-in speaker and microphone. With this built-in speaker of NEST, you can also tell the delivery man to leave your package outside your door.

Even if the intruder decides to steal your NEST camera, he or she can’t steal your video footages. The reason for this is that this outdoor camera doesn’t depend on local storage such as SD card or hard drive. No one can tamper with your video footages as these are stored in the cloud.

NEST Aware – an optional paid subscription offered by NEST – allows you to store 10 days or 30 days of video footages in the cloud. You can, for instance, view the stealing incident footage.

What happens if you miss an alert?

In case you miss an alert, you have the option to see the activity outside your home in the past three hours using the NEST app.

With NEST Aware, a paid cloud service subscription, if for instance, someone stole your package that was delivered four days ago; you don’t have to go through hours of video feeds to spot the culprit. Thumbnails or snapshots of the culprit will automatically be shown to you, so you can immediately watch the video feed where the crucial moments happened.

Keep Your Neighborhood Safe

NEST Outdoor Camera doesn’t only keep your home safe. It can also keep your neighborhood safe. A vigilant neighborhood is a big deterrent against crime. You can share your live stream with your neighbors so you can keep each other safe.

Connectivity with Other Smart Technologies

Another tip to deter burglars is to maintain normal lighting and window shades patterns even if you’re out on a vacation to make it appear that your home is inhabited.

NEST Outdoor Camera can be connected with other smart technologies such as window shades and light bulbs to make it appear that you’re at home even if you’re not.

Check out the incredible deals on bundles that include the NEST outdoor camera for a low monthly fee.

How to Get Started With WiFi Home Automation

How to Get Started With WiFi Home Automation

How to Get Started With WiFi Home Automation

Home to massive juggernauts such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft, the United States is often assumed to be the technology center of the universe. But according to PC Mag, as late as 2016, more Canadians were online than Americans. Yet only a percentage of those residents are harnessing WIFI home automation to really maximize their internet use.

The good news is, it can be as simple or as technical as you want it to be when considering how to upgrade and “smarten” your home.

Read our article and you’ll be on your way to graduating first in the home automation class!

Why You Need to Know WIFI Home Automation Right Now

Look around.

It’s hard to miss the signs that blaze around everywhere showing or saying “WIFI hot spot” or “Free WIFI.”

Often, you just need to walk somewhere and you’ll be prompted to hook into a WIFI zone. But one of the last places we think about with WIFI is where we may spend the most time – our own homes.

And anyone who has exceeded WIFI data limit and got hit with massive surcharges knows it’s easy to do. Just watch a couple of movies or stream a few hours of songs a month and you’re in danger of going over your WIFI.

So take the time to learn about how home automation systems, smart home connectivity, and WIFI now and your wallet will thank you later!

It’s So Much More Than Movies and Songs

We just mentioned a typical use for WIFI (streaming media) but there’s so much more. 

When you choose to really amp up your WIFI automation, the options are just about unlimited.

There’s Automation Already in Your Phone

If you’d like to ease into WIFI automation within your home, look no further than your existing mobile devices.

Many automation enthusiasts start out with getting some help – from a digital assistant, that is!

You’ve probably heard the names already, Alexa, Siri, Echo. These are some of the big conglomerates’ offerings onto the automation market. 

You may have even used one of these “services” before – instead of actually using your phone to do something such as look up a restaurant’s opening hours or find a movie time, you simply say, “Hey” and demand the information. And the “assistant” fetches it for you.

Less typing and more accurate, faster information, but the digital/virtual assistants do much more.

In your home, you really can become the king or queen, using automation.

From afar (or from that really comfortable recliner you just do not want to get out of, you can use WIFI home automation to):

  • Change, set, or cancel your room-to-room temperature settings (going to bed in half an hour? With home automation, you can have your bedroom nice and cool for your dreamland arrival)
  • Set lighting to make it look like you are home when you’re not, even if a power failure or weather event has tripped your manual timer boxes
  • Review, point, and zoom in with installed security cameras
  • Become your own DJ and change the music from room to room or have your music (and other media) follow you around the house

Straight Up Savings

Sure, the mood lighting, music options, and media picks are great ways to maximize your WIFI home automation systems.

But one of the biggest benefits hits you straight in the wallet.

Many times when we implement upgraded systems, we do it for those systems’ impact on our lives, but we pay for it. Yes, you’ll still have to pay for WIFI automation options, but in many cases, you get paid back.

Some WIFI home implementations can nearly pay for themselves, such as what you choose to do for your temperature.

Smart thermostats can put around 20% back into your utility bills because:

  • You can plan for a temperature increase or drop without having to run your system all day
  • The system can sense when there is no one in the home and turn itself off (ever leave the house with the temperature set super low or high and stress about it unnecessarily running in your absence?)

Sync Up for Savings

Implementing WIFI home automation can mean savings outside the wallet, too.

An article from the Massachusetts Institution of Technology notes that wireless technology can actually make a home safer!

Yes, the research was done primarily on the association of drones with WIFI technology, but it also rings true with home automation (whether or not you plan to automate pizza delivery to your home via drone!).

As mentioned in the research, WIFI means safety and password peace of mind.

Sync up your devices and automation to one hub and you’ll only need one password for them all.

Ever try to do something (in a rush, of course) and forget your password? Maybe you want to lock up your house remotely before leaving on a vacation, but you can’t remember your credentials.

You may have to make a couple of login attempts before you’re locked out or able to request a password change, and then you have to wait.

And wait…Until that email arrives.

Smart home technology offers an option to sync everything up to one single stored secure password. 

You’re In Control (of More Than Just the Temperature!)

Whether you decide to full on automate everything in your home at once or ease into WIFI home automation room by room or device by device, it’s your choice.

There are budgets for every kind of installation and ranges for pricing smart devices to replace your not-so-smart ones.

Think about it: we didn’t get to our totally plugged-in, social-media-addicted world in one day. 

Sites, apps, and services gradually worked their way into our world.

So there’s no shame in jumping into WIFI home automation slowly or plunging into the deep end of the pool immediately.

It’s your home and your comfort level!

Worried About Security?

Be honest.

Every time you download an app or click anywhere on a website, do you really read all the fine print before clicking “OK?”

Most of us don’t.

So people are sometimes shocked and worried to think that their WIFI home automation may be used to spy on them.

The idea is that your WIFI smart tools are smart for a reason – they connect to something, somewhere, out there in the world, to get the information they need to serve you.

Google’s Echo, for example, has to link into some sort of knowledge base to suggest movies for you when you tell it your favorite one is “Legends of the Fall.”

It’s really a choice of what you’re comfortable with.

You can accept that some home automation may transmit personal information (this California Institute of Arts & Technology article notes that WIFI routers can send data on in-home movement, detect speech from mouth movements, and track lighting and sound) and see it as a tradeoff for all the benefits you really do get.

A Word on Rentals

If it seems like the benefits of WIFI home automation are skewed towards homeowners, with options like smart thermostats and water softener upgrades, renters have some options, too. 

One of the best options is to simply study some of the emerging information on the benefits of WIFI home automation and bring it to your landlord.

Present the details on savings and efficiency (especially if your landlord – not you – is responsible for bills for heating and WIFI), then ask about helping upgrade the WIFI automation options.

If money talks the loudest with your landlord, research and offer the latest Canadian rebates and incentives for smart upgrades, including:

  • A $100 bill credit for the WIFI automation option Nest
  • Up to $250 rebate for high-efficiency furnaces
  • And $2,000 – $5,000 cash rebates for multiple efficiency upgrades

Then, feel free to take things into your own hands.

No, we don’t mean buying and installing massive WIFI upgrades you’ll have to leave behind if you move out.

Get that digital assistant and/or take advantage of minor WIFI automation options such as hubs and networking options.

The key to keep in mind is your security deposit.

You want it back, right?

So when you make WIFI “rental” automation upgrades, plan to leave no trace behind. Your installs should be all plug and play or grab and go. 

Let’s Get Smart

Although the famed television series and follow up movie “Get Smart” wasn’t filmed in Canada, there are so many ways that Canadians can get smart about WIFI home automation.

Start with a free call and we’ll help educate you on the path to the front of the class!

Click here to call, email, or hook up with us on social media. 

You can even read what some of our customers are saying about their own WIFI home automation upgrades/installations.

We love to talk about WIFI automation – and you won’t be talking to a virtual assistant, either! You’ll get a real person who will help you begin to build your WIFI home systems and help you realize the savings, efficiency, and enjoyment of a truly smart home.

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