Alexa Home Automation Solutions Houston
We Can Set Up the Perfect System!
There have been a lot of smart home products that have appeared on the market over the last few years, and as a homeowner, you may not be sure which ones are best for your house. You may like the idea of a “virtual personal assistant,” but you may not be sure about how to best integrate one into your home and your life. At Turn-Key Smart Homes in Houston, we can provide expert home automation services, and our specialty lies in setting up the Amazon Alexa system. Through Alexa, you can control virtually everything in your home, from lighting to music to security. Contact us today to learn more!
What Devices Are Available?
You’ve most likely seen the commercials on TV, or you’ve noticed new products when you’re shopping on Amazon, and it can seem like there are a lot of automation products out there. The Alexa system began with the Amazon Echo, which allowed you to give voice commands to Alexa to turn on the lights, play your favorite music station, or order items from Amazon. The second generation of Echo will upgrade the first generation capabilities, and there are many peripherals and options for the system. The Echo Plus, the Echo Show, and the Echo Dot are just a few of the devices that can be integrated into your home system, and our team will gladly set them up and show you how to best use them every single day.
Ease of Use
One of the main goals of any smart home system is to allow ease of use. You don’t always have your hands free when you come in the house, so being able to say, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” can make your life much easier (and keep you from dropping the groceries while you grope in the dark for a light switch). If you’re making dinner in the evening and you want to listen to some music, you don’t have to wash your hands, dry them, and then walk to your media center and push play. You can simply speak to your automation system and music will start playing!
Where ease of use gets tricky is during setup. You want everything to be connected, but if there’s a gap in the system or a step is skipped, your devices won’t be able to communicate effectively and then you’ll have to troubleshoot or call a tech-support line to get help. This can take time, not to mention cause frustration. That’s where we come in. Our expert team understands how to connect and harmonize every device, ensuring that Alexa knows what you want and how to provide it. “She” is a smart home product, but she can only be smart if the system is configured properly.
You don’t need every Amazon device to get started on your new smart home automation system. You may only have the budget for one or two devices, but you’ll be amazed at how much they can impact your life in a positive way. Their goal is to make your life easier and allow you to access your home in ways that wouldn’t have been possible even just five years ago. If you’re ready to learn more about Alexa or anything related to smart homes, give us a call today!
Alexa and Your Home Lighting
Lighting was one of the first aspects to be integrated into Alexa and the Amazon Echo system. As new CFL and LED technology and “smart” bulbs became more available, homeowners began to discover just how precise they could set their lighting. Switches and dimmers could be controlled with their voice, and they could turn on, raise, or lower their light levels depending on the setting or the mood they wanted to create. If they forgot to turn off the lights in a certain room, they could now tell Alexa to do it for them.
Adding It To Your Home
Perhaps you’ve just renovated your backyard and you want to create the ideal “lightscape” for the space. You’ve spent hours and hours choosing the appropriate fixtures, but you’re not sure how you can control everything at one time. With a home automation system, you can use voice commands to turn on your outdoor lights, dim them, or turn them off at a specific time. You can also have the system remind you when people are coming over so that you can make sure the lights are on and the pool is ready to go.
The first priority for many homeowners, when it comes to their new smart home system, is to set up their interior lighting. They want to be able to turn on the lights without having to use a switch, and they want to be able to conserve energy by turning lights off with their voice or through their smartphone or tablet. Our team knows how to coordinate your Echo, Alexa, and other devices so that controlling your lighting is easier than ever. We can make sure that each room has the proper controls, or we can focus on certain rooms that you use the most, such as the bedroom, the kitchen, and the bathroom.
One of the primary benefits of a smart home lighting system that can be controlled by your voice or through a wireless device is that your home security is enhanced. If you leave the house in the afternoon and you forget to turn on the porch lights, you can use your tablet or phone to turn them on and keep the front of your house illuminated until you get home. A well-lit exterior can be a deterrent to trespassers, and you’ll feel safer, even though you’re not home!
You use your lights every single day, and if you’re trying to conserve energy or make your lighting more dynamic, then Alexa could make sense for your home. If you’re unsure where to begin, or you have a few Amazon devices but you’re not sure how to connect them or get them to “talk” to each other, contact Turn-Key in Houston today. Our experienced team can design the ideal setup for your home and make it easy to control your lighting, create the perfect mood, and save on monthly energy costs.
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If you have the prime home theater setup, you want to be able to take advantage of the optimal audio and video system that you’ve installed. Devices like Amazon Fire TV can make it easy to access the shows and movies that you love, and you can use Alexa to play a new selection or go back to a show you didn’t finish watching the day before. If you’re on the go, you can use your Fire HD Tablet, with Alexa, to stream movies and shows or open the apps you want to use.
Play Your Favorite Station
You’ve finally installed that whole-house audio system, and you’ve made sure that the speakers are perfectly placed in each room. You may have even installed outdoor speakers, which will take your backyard barbecues and pool parties to another level. With Alexa integration, you can give voice commands for your system to start a certain playlist or play a specific station on your favorite music streaming service. You can also control the volume of the music, so if you want some easy listening while you cook dinner, you can have it on in the background, and if you want to rock out, you can crank it to 11!
If you love online gaming, or your kids are always playing the newest games on their tablets, then home automation is a must for your house. Smart home hubs and routers allow you to keep everything connected, and there are several third-party options that can be incorporated to your Alexa system. There are products that are geared towards audio/visual and home theater control, so if you’re playing the latest game on the big screen, you can make sure you have the optimal settings.
Home entertainment is a priority for many families, and if you’re interested in streamlining your system and making it more intuitive, contact Turn-Key today. We know how to set up and optimize your system, and we know you’ll love using it for years to come!
Enhance Your Entertainment with Alexa
Climate Control and Home Security
The Perfect Temperature All Year-Round
One feature that made people excited about Alexa was the ability to control their heating and cooling systems. Perhaps they had an old thermostat that just couldn’t keep up, or they noticed an increase in their utility bills because of an inefficient system. While home automation can’t replace your furnace or air conditioner, it can provide more precise control over your home’s interior climate. A smart thermostat that can be controlled through Alexa allows you to set the appropriate temperature from anywhere in the house. You can also turn on your HVAC system from your tablet or smartphone, so that when you get home, the house is at the perfect temperature. Some smart thermostats still require a hub in order to integrate with Alexa, but more and more are cutting out the middleman and allowing you to communicate directly through your Amazon system.
Keeping Your Home Safe
Home security is a priority for every family, and smart home technology has given people the ability to improve and streamline their locks, alarms, and camera systems. There are smart locks that can be locked and unlocked with Alexa, and you can find alarm systems that offer a number of commands and prompts. If you’re interested in an exterior camera setup that provides a live feed to your phone or tablet, there are many options from which to choose.
If you’re at home, but not expecting company, a video doorbell can let you see who’s standing on the porch. You can view a live feed on your Echo Show, and if you suspect something suspicious, you can act accordingly. If you leave the house and forget to lock the door, you don’t have to turn around and come back – you can tell Alexa to lock the door by using a special PIN code.
Other Automation Options
Home automation has become truly revolutionary, and there are many other options that don’t fit into the categories of lighting, entertainment, climate control, and security. There are smart devices that turn your Alexa into a landline telephone, as well as devices that let you control your underground sprinkler system. If you’re into health and fitness, there are several wearable devices that can be used with Alexa to track your steps, monitor your heart rate, and tell you how many calories you’ve burned.
If you’re interested in automating your home in order to make it “smarter,” then Turn-Key is here to help. We’ve worked on projects all across the greater Houston area, and we’ve helped homeowners design and implement the perfect Alexa system. We know that new technology can seem extremely complicated and challenging, and that’s why we do our homework on every new device and peripheral that is put on the market.
Our team can come to your home and set up the devices you have, or we can recommend the best options to get you started. You may want something simple that controls your interior and exterior lights, or you may want a complex system that lets you command your lights, your music, your home theater, and much more. We’re happy to take on projects of any scale, and when we’re finished, we know that you’ll be happy with your new system.