Fun with Home Automation ;-)

Life seems to be getting more complicated by the day, so people are increasingly turning to home automation – a.k.a. Smart Home Technology – to make things simpler. Some of the top things that people like to automate include:

  • lights
  • thermostats
  • door locks
  • audio/video systems
  • landscape lighting
  • garage doors

But it’s a lot more than just turning your thermostat off from your phone or telling Alexa to play Netflix. Here are just a few fun (and practical) things we can help you do.

For Working Parents:

We can program the front door with individual unlock codes for each child and when they unlock it after school, you’ll get a text saying, “Timmy is home” or “Maria is home.” We can also install nanny-cam type cameras so you can make sure Timmy and Maria are doing their homework and not binge-watching “Stranger Things.”

For the “I’m Not a Morning Person” Person:

We can set an automated alarm that turns on your favorite radio or TV station in the morning to help wake you up in a kinder, gentler way.

For the Energy- and Environmentally-Conscious Person:

We can program settings to maximize your energy saving. For example, you could have the shades go down when the temperature in your house reaches, say 78 degrees, in order to help with cooling. We can also time your lawn sprinklers to come on after sunset and before sunrise so that your system is as efficient as possible.

For People with Elderly Parents or Other Dependents at Home:

We can put an emergency button in the house that will send you a text saying “call home” when it’s pressed.

For People Who Like to Embarrass Their Kids:

We have a friend whose house is programmed to play the song “Big Poppa” every time he unlocks the front door. His kids are mortified.

For the Forgetful Person:

We can program your system to lock the doors, arm the security system, and the lights turn off when you leave the house. All without you lifting a finger or having to remember to do anything.

For the Pet Owner:

When you get held up at work or want to stay a little longer at that all-day festival, you can use your phone to unlock the door so the neighbor can let Bailey out.

For the Cool Factor:

Everything that can be automated can also be programmed to respond to voice commands using Alexa, Google Home, or other voice-response systems.


You can certainly DIY a home automation system, but the results may not have the “wow factor” that you’re after. In our experience, DIY systems usually end up rather piecemeal, using one app to control the lights, another to control the thermostat, another for home security, etc. With a WAVES system, all of your devices are seamlessly integrated into one app and we customize the system to fit your specific wants and needs. We can automate things so that you don’t even have to touch your phone, they just happen automatically. For example, when you pull into the driveway, the garage door will open, the lights will come on, and the TV will turn to Hulu. 

These are just a few of the many ways home automation can make your life better, easier, and more fun. To find out how we can make your life run more smoothly, give us a call at (404) 483-1834 or click on the box at the bottom left of your screen for an instant live chat.