Protecting Your Property

Your home is one of your biggest assets. Why not spend a little to protect it from certain disasters that are easily preventable. There are several SMART monitoring devices that can aid you in preventing huge disasters, and save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Water Sensor: This little sensor can be placed inside the sump pit or along the floor to detect water rising in the pit or water on a basement floor. An alert will be sent to your phone, tablet or computer via SMS or email. You will know instantly of any problems, and be able to address them immediately which will reduce your costs of fixing the issue.

Propane Sensor: Here is a great sensor! If your house or cottage or business is heated by propane, you never have to worry about running out of propane again. We all know that running out of heat in the middle of winter can cause our pipes to burst and create a huge mess to clean up, along with a massive renovation bill. Give yourself peace of mind with a monitoring device that will tell you exactly how much propane is left in your tanks, in real-time.

Thermostat: A SMART thermostat is a fantastic way to keep track of the heating and cooling of a building. Not only can you set it and forget it, but it can send you updates and comparisons of how much fuel you are using and how long the furnace or air conditioner is working to reach the desired temperature. It will also alert you to extreme temperature drops in the building, indicating a potential problem with the furnace.

These are three of our top products available for protecting your asset. The minimal cost is certainly worth any potential disaster that could arise from not monitoring your property. Add to the fact that you can check these devices on your phone, means you can be anywhere in the world and be protecting your home.

Record Rainfall and Flooding

With all the rain in the last month, approximately 138mm, there was a lot of flooding with lakes and rivers over flowing.  Our sump pumps around the lakes were working extra hard to keep our basements dry.

Our own sump pump had tipped over from the constant vibration of running so often.  Luckily we had installed the water sensor in the winter. We were on our way out of town, about 30 minutes from the house, when we received an alert on our smartphone telling us our sump pump alarm had been triggered.  We were fortunate enough that the pump had just tipped over, and was an easy fix.  No flooding occurred.

However, since we were on our way out for the weekend, if we had not had this sensor, we would have come home to a massive basement flood, that would have cost tens of thousands of dollars!

The best part…the water starter package is only $259.99 installed, or the water sensor is only $59.99 if you already have the hub.  A huge savings compared to what could have happened.  This little device certainly can provide peace of mind.

Smart Home Return on Investment

Smart home devices such as security cameras, locks, lights and thermostats are adding that WOW factor to homes, to help enhance a home’s appeal at sale time.  Real Estate agents in the United States are beginning to see homes with smart features sell significantly faster.  They are also seeing consumers appreciate these features and are, in fact, asking for homes with these features.

The top choices for creating a smart home are, locks and alarms, thermostats and fans, and lighting.  Approximately 60% of consumers would like their new home to have these features.  However, iHomeCtrl can add other features such as a pool/spa controller, garage door opener or automation of your sprinkler system.  We are equipped to assess your home and lifestyle and give recommendations on smart devices that will add convenience and savings to your day.

Home automation is a long-term investment, one you can reap the benefits of now, with potential energy savings of 15%, if all you change is your lighting and thermostat.  While you are saving money, the added value of a smart home will continue to improve your property value when the time comes to sell.

Google Home Coming to Canada 2017

What is Google Home?

Google Home is a speaker that works with Google Assistant and the Internet of Things(IoTs) to allow a home/cottage/business owner to verbally operate their home automation.

By saying ” OK Google” you can turn your lights on, turn up the heat, add items to your grocery list, for a start.  Google Home, in the U.S. already interacts with other IoTs such as Nest, SmartThings,  and Phillips.  Google continues to add new devices, and once it comes to Canada, the hope is that there will be many new, tried and tested products for us to choose from.  Stay tuned, as iHomeCtrl, will follow the Canadian release and update our customers as more is know.

An Easier Way to Light the Christmas Tree

IHomeCtrl can make turning the lights on the Christmas Tree easier and more convenient.  Once our service staff have installed a GE Zwave Recepticle, and your tree lights are plugged into it, you can turn the lights on with a push of a button from your phone.  You can set the lights to come on at sunset, and turn off before bed, or easily turn them on anytime of day. No more reaching behind the tree, trying to find the extension cord, and the wall plug.

Happy Holidays to All, from the iHomeCtrl Staff

 

New Smart Home Products Coming to Canada

Here are some of the latest home automation products released this past year in the United States.  iHomeCtrl will keep you informed when these products reach Canada.

Haiku L Series Fan: The latest offering from Big Ass Fans has a 52″ diameter and transmits to a wall control panel that senses when you’re in the room, automatically changing to the preferred temperature. Since it syncs with the Nest Learning Thermostat, it can also save on your energy bill. Available in late January; $450 (Haiku Wall Control sold separately for $125).

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It Bed: Sleep Number’s newest model comes equipped with a network of sensors that track your biometrics (heart rate, breathing, movement) and offers recommendations to improve your sleep.

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Family Hub Refrigerator: This super-connected fridge is the latest offering from Samsung, which partnered with MasterCard to create an appliance that can track and order groceries thanks to its sleek 21-inch touch screen, which also syncs to your home’s other Samsung televisions. The built-in interior camera is accessible remotely so you can peer inside when at the supermarket.

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Honeywell Lyric Thermostat: Honeywell announced that the second generation of its refined thermostat would run on Apple’s HomeKit, allowing users to control their home’s heating with Siri or the HomeKit app.

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