Smart Energy Solutions for the Holidays

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Temperature Control

As the summer turns to fall in southern California, demand changes in our household  energy usage.  The Santa Ana winds may actually invoke our AC usage more to avoid opening up windows to the smoky air.

We may also start selectively using the heat a little.

Soon, however, we’ll use it more frequently and then winter will be here. Which means we’ll want to increase the control the temperature now and often times while we’re away.

Screen shot of LST Thermostat Control screen

Previous blogs have discussed that we can do this with an easy “tap” on the iPhone or tablet, but now you can do it with with voice commands.  So you can close up the house before you go to work and make adjustments later throughout the day.

This saves energy and gets you to work on time.

Smart Lighting

It’s also getting darker earlier so we may use our lights more.

The data indicates that a well lit home is the best way to protect your home from burglary and now that starts earlier in the evening.

In addition to switching to LED lights to reduce energy consumption, having lights programmed to turn on at sunset is both a practical and safe way to protect your home and conserve energy.

This can apply to indoor lights also.  You can have certain ones turn on automatically in the evening and off when you normally go to bed.  Or combined with a smart lock, you canprogram the kitchen lights to automatically when someone comes home after dark .

Of course, all these lights can be controlled from the App or with voice commands through Alexa.  All very reliable and simple to use.

“Alexa, turn off kitchen lights”

Security Features

The use of home automation technology is both smart and fun.  It can seem scary or expensive but the truth is that it’s quite common and safe with security measures built right into the devices.  

Programing and controlling things is easy and we are now interacting with our home in new and different ways than the conventional physical controls (e.g., the physical light switches or the thermostat on the wall).  They are still there for us to use but may not be the primary way we control things.

It saves energy which is both good for the environment as well as our household expenses. 
Great ways to live smart.

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Happy Independence Day

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Wishing you and your families a very restful and enjoyable July 4 holiday!

The LiveSmart Team

Happy Memorial Day

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Wishing you and your families/friends a very restful and enjoyable holiday weekend.  We pay tribute to those who have sacrificed through the years.

The LiveSmart Team

Who Needs Keys?

Ever leave the house and wonder if you remembered your keys?  Ever have to leave a key under the mat for someone?  We’ve all been there – but don’t have to be any longer.  Keyless locks are available to make this all a thing of the past. Instead, you get a lock (either the handle or the deadbolt part – shown here) with numerical keypad and keys are no longer required.  Just punch in your 4-digit code, and presto, the door unlocks.

You can set up codes for each member of the family (or business) and receive text messages or e-mails when they arrive.  You can even do temporary codes for guest workers.  Lock and unlock the door remotely from your smart app in case you need to let someone in or ensure the house is secured.  No hassle and simple.  So go ahead and pitch those keys.

Security Cameras

There is a lot of interest in security cameras and the benefits they offer.  Let’s try to unpack some things regarding wired vs. wireless:

Wired:  Wired cameras are best for outdoors and high reliability indoor applications (such as a business).  They get wired into the DVR (also called Network Video Recorder or NVR) and record the video for playback later.  They are a bit more expensive for this reason and also require running of the cables (usually Ethernet lines) from each camera to the location of the NVR.  They also allow you to view the live images in real time on your mobile device such as an Android, iPhone or iPad.

Wireless:  Wireless cameras are usually WiFi and great for simple applications around the house such as a baby’s room or garage.  They are subject to radio frequency (RF) interference just like other WiFi devices.  However, they are easy to set up and configure.  Like a full-up wired system, they also can be viewed on the mobile devices.

Within each category are a variety of specs such as HD, 4k cameras and 6TB DVRs.   The important part is to get a system that meets your needs which really depends on the application.  We can explain the trade-offs and guide you on pricing.  We also install both kinds of systems and walk you through how to use them.  Contact us at livesmarttech.com or 714-505-1008 for a free consultation.

Home Automation is Hip

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We have been telling you that home automation is all about “living smart” – which it is.  Did you know that it’s also considered “hip”.  Having a system like this puts you in charge and keeps you connected with the important things in your home or business.  You will have fun showing it off at work, with family or at parties.  “Watch what I can do…”.

Our new ‘app’ is even easier to use and more stylish.  Things are summarized at the Dashboard level with easy access to everything you need.  Change the thermostat…tap.  Lock the door…tap.  Turn on some lights…tap, tap.  See all the actions in a simple Event History screen.

You’ve been hearing about smart home stuff.  It has been the wave of the future and now it’s here.  Let us show you how you can use it.  Live simple, Live safe, Live smart.

 

 

Security Camera Systems

Security camera systems are an effective way to protect your home and family.  Video up to 4 weeks is stored on the DVR (also called a Network Video Recorder or NVR) and can easily be accessed and played back.  You can also view live streams on your mobile devices – iPads, iPhones and Androids are all supported.

A LiveSmart technician will come to your home or business and conduct a walk-through at no charge to determine just what you need.  We then give you a free estimate and schedule the installation.  Everything is explained and you will soon have the peace of mind of a robust video surveillance system.