Category Archives: Home Automation

The Danalock V3 has Arrived.

We just received the first shipment of Danalock V3 units and it was worth the wait. These new smart locks are beautiful, smaller, stronger and faster than the previous version. They can be installed in about 5 minutes and works with almost every deadbolt on the market.

Once installed you can:

  • Autolock the door after a specified time. Never wonder if it is locked, it locks itself.
  • Auto unlock as you arrive home. No fumbling for keys or your mobile device, the door unlocks for you as you arrive.
  • Provide permanent, recurring, or temporary access to friends, family, cleaners, etc. No more handing out keys.
  • More…

To celebrate the release of the Danalock V3 we are offering a coupon for $50 off at our DIY online store. Simply fill in the form below and a coupon will be sent to you. Once you have your coupon, head over to the store and purchase your lock before we run out. This is the first production run of these 3rd generation units and we had to share it with the rest of the world, so supply is limited.

FREE Amazon Echo Dot.

 

We are giving away a
FREE Amazon Echo Dot with all new security systems!

The Ultimate voice controlled smart home can be yours.

With integration to Alarm.com, you can also ask it to turn on lights, unlock the door, adjust the thermostat, open a shade and more. Not sure if the door is locked? Just Ask Alexa.

“Alexa, Ask Alarm Dot Com…”

  • To Turn on the Kitchen Lights.
  • If the Front Door is locked?
  • Set the Thermostat to 20º.
  • Close the Garage Door.
  • What is the Temperature in here?
  • Arm my system.
  • more…

Supplies are Limited.
Get a Free security system AND a Free Echo Dot

We have a limited number of units available and those that inquire first are given first priority. Fill in the form below to reserve your unit before they are gone. There is no obligation to purchase.

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† Supplies are limited. This offer only applies to systems that support Amazon Echo integration such as Alarmforce Control or Command package, Alarm.com Automation plan, Ultrasync, and Clare Controls. Support for the Echo by Clare Controls is scheduled for Q4, 2017.

Easily Prevent Water Damage in Your Home.

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A water leak can cause an enormous amount of damage to your home in a very short amount of time. The areas with the most potential for failure are your hot water tank, faulty toilet valves, and the water lines to your:

  • Dish Washer
  • Ice Maker
  • Washing machine

We have all heard stories from friends and acquaintances where a water line ruptured and destroyed an entire hardwood floor, basement or cause damage to multiple floors where the water made it’s way down. All of this can happen in a few hours. What could happen over the weekend or while you are on vacation?

Fortunately all of this is easily prevented with water sensors and a shutoff valve. There is even a new flow sensor that can be attached to the outside of your main waterline that can detect even small amounts of water flow. This way you can have it setup to immediately shut off the water if flow is detected when no one is home, preventing the damage before the water even gets to the sensor.

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This may sound difficult, complex and expensive, but it is not. Almost every security system installed in the last few years supports a wireless technology called “Z-Wave“. This is how the sensors, door locks, lighting, and more, communicate. If you have an older security system, in most cases you can just add a home automation controller like one from Clare Controls and you now have more capabilities than some of these new security systems without the monthly fees. There are no wires to run, I simply pair the sensors and/or water valve with the security system or home automation controller, set up some rules and notifications and you are protected. The sensors are completely wireless and the batteries last up to 2½ years. At only $99 per sensor, you can place one at the dishwasher, one behind the washing machine, one by the hot water tank… your get the idea.

I have had many people ask me “Why didn’t the people at [Securty Company] tell me about this?”. I don’t know why the security companies are not promoting this. The irony is that you are far more likely to experience water damage than a break-in. A water sensor is low-cost and easy to added to almost any system. Click on the button below to contact me today and learn how Intelligent Homes Canada can protect your home from one of the most common and costly sources of damage.

 

Reduce Energy Usage AND Stay Comfortable.

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With the warm weather finally arriving in Calgary, I can hear the hum of air conditioning units as I walk down the street. This is by far the largest energy consumer in a home and can drive your electricity bill through the roof if not managed. The good news is that there are many ways of keeping the cost under control while keeping you comfortable at the same time. The key is to keep it simple, have a device or system manage it for you, and do it right. Solutions that are complex or ineffective are really just a waste of time and money.

Here are a few ways to easily reduce your energy usage:

  • Install a learning thermostat like NEST – The thermostat “Learns” your schedule, detects when you are home and when you are away. It is truly a smart device and is one of the easiest to use.
  • If you have a security system that is connected to Alarm.com (ADT, Protection, Intelligent Homes Canada, and many more) you can add a low-cost thermostat that connects to, and works with your security system. Actions such as arming while away or leaving the house can be setup to adjust the thermostat while you are out.
  • If you have an older security system, you can (in most cases) add a home automation controller that will give you the ability to do everything these new security systems can do and more with little to no monthly fees. Now you can connect and interact with thermostats, door locks, garage door, lighting, water sensors, shutoff valves, Audio/video, and more. All from your mobile device.

Regardless of your security/system provider, installed systems, etc, as a leading provider of home automation in Calgary, Intelligent Homes Canada can help you select the right technology to get control of these costs. In some cases we will tell you that you have it covered and you don’t need to add anything at all. 

Need a New Security System… Probably Not!

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People may tell you that you need a new system, you may think you need a new system, but there is a good chance that you don’t.

This strategy (technique, approach, method, racket, call what you will…) has been around as long as security systems and monitoring contracts have been around.

The idea is this:

  • You are contacted by a security company (phone, door knock, etc). If you have a system, they will ask how old it is. If your answer is 4 years or more, it’s game on.
  • They will then try to convince you that you need a new security system and they will give you one for free.
    • The new one will be more reliable.
    • The battery life will be better.
    • You should have this new “digital” system.
    • It has cellular communication incase the phone lines are down during a break in (This can also be easily added to existing systems).
    • The list goes on and on…
  • All you need to do is commit to this multi year deal (typically 48 months) where you pay an inflated monitoring fee to cover the cost of the free equipment.
  • It seems fair, you get a brand new system and pay for it a little bit at a time over 4 years.

What is the problem:

  • Chances are ( are they are betting on it) that you will forget the contract expiry date and continue to pay the inflated rate.
  • What will the fees be after the contract expires and the equipment is paid for? Few, if any will provide a price or even estimate prior to signing.
  • If you do remember to call them, they will often offer to upgrade you to the latest equipment and start new 4 year contract.

Here is the interesting part. You probably don’t need a new security system, unless your system is very old. I have a system that was installed in 2006 and it works great.  If it works fine, just ensure that it is monitored by a reputable company for a reasonable price. If you want to add additional capabilities like lighting control, door locks, smart thermostats, etc, all you need to do is add a home automation controller like the Clare Controls Cliq Mini and you will have the capabilities of the new security panels and much more at a lower cost.

A low cost home automation controller will connect to:

  • Your security system
  • Lighting
  • Door Locks
  • Garage door controls
  • Thermostats
  • Water sensors & shutoff valves
  • Shades & Blinds
  • AV Receivers
  • Audios systems such as Sonos
  • TVs
  • Mobile devices and remote controls
  • More…

If you are considering a new security system, or you have an “Off Contract” system, contact us first. We will help you by assessing your needs and offering recommendations. In most cases we can cut your cost by close to 50% with no long term commitment!

We don’t:

  • Try to sell you a new security system unless you really need one, and even then, we have a variety of options.
  • Offer free equipment based on long term contracts.

We Do:

  • Offer a variety of solutions so you can select the one that right for you.
  • Work with you to determine your long term goals, so you can select the right equipment and grow with it.
  • Clearly explain the pros and cons of everything we offer.
  • Provide best in class equipment, service and monitoring from the best in the business, all at reasonable prices.