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Connecting With Your Smart Home

Grand Central Park - Connecting With Your Smart Home

August 19, 2019

Smart homes are the wave of the future but if you’ve never owned one before, the idea of all that technology might seem overwhelming. Don’t worry we’ve prepared some tips that will help you connect with any home automation system.  

Got Wi-Fi?

Your smart home will come with a lot of devices to simplify your life but one thing it won’t come with is a Wi-Fi provider. Your devices talk to each other via the internet so remember to set up service with your local provider before you move in.  

Know What’s Included

Home automation systems vary between builders although most come with smart door locks, video doorbells, garage door openers and smart lights. Knowing what you already have will keep you from expanding your home automation suite with things you don’t need. If there’s something you’d love to have, ask your sales manager, it might be an upgrade.

Know How to Use It

All of your devices should be controllable via an app on your smart phone or tablet. An app simplifies everything but if your builder offers a training session once your home is built, be sure to attend and take notes. Builders that partner with Amazon will even provide a tech to help you get set up.

Set Up Skills and Routines

Huh? Skills and Routines are how electric assistants like Alexa run your house. If you have Alexa, you can set up Guard. Basically, a simplified security system, Guard alternates smart lights in your home to make it appear as if someone is in the house when you’re away, and if an Echo speaker hears the sound of breaking glass or a home alarm, you’ll get an alert. Google uses Routines to create custom commands or use a single voice command to execute multiple tasks. Set them up after you move in.

Connect With Grand Central Park

Many Grand Central Park builders offer homes with automation packages. Lennar, for example, includes $10,000 worth of smart home features in its homes. Coventry Homes, Village Builders, Drees Custom Homes and Perry Homes also offer packages.

Want to learn more? Visit our model homes and speak with a sales manager. Before you know it, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t get a smart home sooner.

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