Whether you have a puppy or a grown dog, installing smart home technology in your home can make it easier to manage and monitor your pet’s needs. And, that means peace of mind. Plus, smart home devices can satisfy your curiosity. Just what does your puppy do while you’re away during the day? Is he napping on the couch or shredding something?!
Smart camera – With a smart camera such as the Nest Cam IQ, you can keep an eye on your puppy day or night via the Nest app. With HD resolution video, 12x digital zoom, night vision, and a microphone and speaker – you can even talk to him through the camera. Subscribe to Nest Aware and you can choose to get alerts specifically when your dog is barking. Plus, create and save video clips and time lapses of his silly antics to share with friends and family on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.
Smart thermostat – A smart thermostat can ensure that the temperature of your home stays comfortable for your puppy. A Nest thermostat, for example, can be controlled remotely. Its “Safety Temperature” feature prevents your home from going above or below certain temperatures. Also, you can add a Nest Temperature Sensor, which lets you choose where your thermostat measures the temperature in your home. This way, you can keep the temperature comfortable in the room(s) where your puppy spends his time.
Many connected devices made specifically for dogs are available now. For example:
Contact AvidWorks Technology for details about the installation of smart cameras, thermostats and other smart home devices. To date, we’ve earned more than 800 five-star reviews of our top quality smart home installations for residential and commercial spaces (on Nest, Yelp, and Google). Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 701-9021 to learn more.
Would you dress up your smart home security cameras in something green like this? Or, would you prefer your cameras to be more visible deterrents to potential porch pirates and burglars?
For more information about having smart cameras installed for you by an AvidWorks Technology technician, send email to email@example.com or call (800) 701-9021 for details.
It’s become common practice to change the batteries in your smoke alarm when you change your clocks as daylight saving time begins and ends. But, it’s also important to know that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms themselves should be replaced after 10 years.
Today, one of our technicians came across this smoke alarm that may have been the original one installed when the home was built decades ago. Our technician removed it and installed new Nest Protect smoke/CO alarms for the homeowner.
Some advantages to Nest Protect smoke/CO alarms:
For more information about having Nest Protects installed for you by an AvidWorks Technology technician, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 701-9021 for details.
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Most people don’t give much thought to changing the air filter in their furnace, so the Nest and Ecobee air filter reminders are a really helpful feature of these smart thermostats. However, because the recent Northern California wildfires caused a significant increase in particulate matter in the air, we recommend changing your air filter right away if you haven’t already.
For more information about having a smart thermostat installed if you don't have one already, send email to email@example.com or call (800) 701-9021. (Note that your existing thermostat and heating/cooling system will need to be operational.)
Check out this fun video highlighting some of our projects from the past year! Many thanks to all of our customers for the opportunities to keep you safe and make your homes more efficient with home automation in 2018.
For information on installing smart home products, call AvidWorks Technology at (800) 701-9021 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nest Hello Video Doorbell is a great way to greet your holiday visitors and deter porch pirates.
Contact us to install your Nest Hello for you.
Send email to email@example.com or call (800) 701-9021 for details. (Note that you will need to have an operational wired doorbell, wired chime, and doorbell transformer.)
We traveled to CEDIA Expo 2018 in San Diego earlier this month to check out the latest in smart home products. Here are some of our CEDIA highlights for you:
Séura SMART Mirror – This is the ultimate in smart home bling! You can control your smart home by touch from your mirror. View your security cameras, dim the lights, close your garage and more – all from the convenience of a bathroom or entry way mirror. The Séura SMART Mirror can display anything that can be displayed on an Android phone, so you can also connect to your calendar, email, weather, Netflix, and other favorite apps. A wide range of sizes and frame styles are available.
Z-Wave compatible products – There are over 700 companies that make over 2400 Z-Wave products that are all interoperable with each other. In addition to the many brands you may already be familiar with (e.g., August, Honeywell, Kwikset, Ring, Samsung, Schlage, Yale), here are 3 companies making noteworthy Z-Wave products:
Samsung “The Frame TV” – For art and photography enthusiasts, this TV is an unbelievable way to display your own work – or collections you purchase from Samsung. It’s a TV when it’s on and art when it’s off. By detecting the ambient light in the room, the Brightness Sensor automatically balances the screen’s brightness and color tone for a natural illumination. So whether it’s day or night, you can see your art how it was meant to be seen.
For information on installing any of these products, call AvidWorks Technology at (800) 701-9021 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving to a new home can be overwhelming enough without having to worry about what to do with all your smart home devices. You’ll likely want to leave some of them behind if they will increase the value of the home you are selling – or if it’s just not worth the effort to remove them (e.g., a smart sprinkler controller or smart custom-fit window blinds).
For those smart home devices you choose to take with you, we're ready to help. AvidWorks Technology has experience with both installing and de-installing smart home devices. So, if you are planning a move, and have smart thermostats, cameras, a video doorbell, smoke alarms, locks, light switches, a garage door controller, etc., that you would like de-installed, send email to email@example.com or call (800) 701-9021.
The Ring Floodlight Cam saves the day (or night)! On Friday night, the President & Founder of AvidWorks Technology was alerted to a drunk driver at his property in Atlanta, Georgia. The Ring Floodlight Cam captured video of a car driving across his backyard lawn, into his front yard, and crashing into and damaging a wall on his property. Thanks to a Ring alert on his smartphone, he was able to follow up with police remotely from California. The driver of the car was immediately arrested for a DUI, property damage, and a hit and run accident.
We can help you capture events like this on video. Let us install your smart cameras today! Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 701-9021.