How to Automate Home Appliances

These days, our homes are filled with tons of smart products and appliances – and, with home automation, you can use them to make your day-to-day life easier and more convenient.

Home automation powered by Alarm.com allows you to control items around your house – like lights, outlets, locks, and more– at any time from your smartphone. Home automation also allows you to set schedules for devices to operate automatically.

So, how can you automate your home appliances with Richmond Alarm?

In this article, we’ll go over how you can control the following smart devices:

  • Lighting
  • Temperature
  • Doorbells
  • Outlets
  • Locks
  • Security

By automating these devices, you can keep a watchful eye over your home at all times.


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Smart lighting

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to automate your home is with lighting. Some smart lighting products we recommend include:

  • Jasco Enbrighten Smart LED Bulb
  • Jasco Plug-in Smart Switch

With automated lighting, you can dim, brighten or turn your lights on or off directly from your smartphone with one command. You can even program your indoor and outdoor lighting to turn on or off according to a schedule or event.

By installing a motion sensor, you can have lights turn on when someone enters an area, then off when the area is empty. These sensors can also turn on outdoor lights when someone approaches your home or property.

Plus, the Jasco Plug-in Smart Switch allows you to transform any appliance or electronic device into a smart product. Once the Jasco Plug-in Smart Switch is plugged in and connected to your Wifi network, you can remotely turn on and off or modify the schedule of whatever devices you have plugged into the outlet. This lets you monitor power consumption in real-time and create automation rules for intelligent home behavior that adapts to your own lifestyle and usage habits.

Smart thermostat

Forgot to adjust your thermostat before you left the house? With home automation, this problem can be a thing of the past.

With programmable smart thermostats, you can set a schedule and adjust the temperature of your home based on the time of day, who’s home, etc., from your smartphone. These are the Alexa-compatible models we recommend:

  • Alarm.com Smart Thermostat (ADC-T2000)
  • Alarm.com Temperature Sensor

This way, if temperatures rise or drop, you can make necessary adjustments and save big on energy costs.

Smart doorbell

Wi-Fi-enabled smart doorbells are some of the most popular home automation tools today. Whether you’re waiting for guests or you receive an unexpected delivery, you’ll always know what’s happening outside your front door.

Smart doorbells allow you to see and communicate with visitors through your doorbell using your smartphone.

While there are many on the market, we recommend the SkyBell video doorbell. They’re easy to install, deliver sharp video day and night, and offer free video cloud storage for the lifetime of the product.

Smart locks

Smart Locks

Let’s face it - keys are so last century… and so is worrying about unlocked doors after you leave the house. These are the Alexa-compatible models we recommend:

  • Yale Real Living Push Button
  • Yale Push Button
  • Yale Key Free Touchscreen

Smart locks offer both security and flexibility - and are a great investment for any homeowner’s safety and convenience. Smart deadbolts provide a virtual spare key, giving you control over your locks from anywhere with your mobile device. They can be great tools for parents who don’t want to worry about their children losing the house key.

Home security panels

Smartphones now have the power to turn any house into a fully-controlled smart home. When you install a home security system with a home automation package from Richmond Alarm, you gain interactive services through Alarm.com.

You can arm or disarm your security system and specify certain modes (such as home, away, sleeping, etc.) using voice commands to Alexa.

These are the Alexa-compatible security panels we recommend:

  • 2GIG Go! Control 3
  • Qolsys IQ Panel 2

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For over 70 years, Richmond Alarm has provided high-quality home security products and services to Virginia homeowners. Whether you’re interested in installing the SkyBell video doorbell or have other home automation questions, we can help.

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