Are you using technology to help you automate some parts of hosting on Airbnb? Can you share your experiences, best practices? What works and what doesn't?
I'm all ears! ;-)
What is Home Automation?
You are on the right track. I'd check out AMAZON for Z-WAVE locks. They are the most reliable.
I'd also only use IFTT as a last resort. Not always reliable and slow. SAMSUNG SMARTHINGS HUBS run about $100 (I can get you a deal) and connect over a hundred WIFI, Z-WAVE and ZIGBEE devices. USING an Amazon ECHO also adds VOICE control that works flawlwssly with SMARTTHINGS hub.
As far as the heater and valves, those are available as well. Check out Z-WAVE alliance for compatible products.
Keep in mind that these are a bit more difficult to install and may not be compatible to all HUBS.
This company is doing some inersting things as well:
Good luck, I'd love to see some photos or video of what you get working.
@Damir We just installed the Schlage electronic lock but don't have it connected to a hub. We program the key code to be the last four digits of the guest phone mobile. We've only had two guest since the lock went in but they haven't commented on it. It was super easy to install and it took only 20 minutes for me to get it done. I like the "expiring code" you can give a guest and let's face it, it's really darn cool.
The next upgrade is the Ecobee4 thermostat. The Ecobee comes with thermal sensors, which is interesting. I approach information collection as vital but I also want the ability to take action.
What im looking for is something like the "Keen vent". This vent can be preset to open and close on a fixed schedule but it's not "smart". I would like the Ecobee4 to talk to the vents in a room that is unoccupied and close those room vents. That would direct the AC to only occupied rooms when the sensor detects your thermal image. That would be a true game changer. I would also like to see "smart window shutters". They would open and close according to programmers conditions and would connect to wifi so in the event that the sensor trips because of rain fall or a hurricane warning is announced, the shutters would automatically close with a weather alert or by remote. So if a tornado is coming...or even a "Sharknado", you could close the shutters and be storm tight. I'd also like to see a wifi door Matt that would detect every time someone steps on the Matt and records and sends notifications. Then if there was a big party with people going in and out, the foot traffic would be detected. Make the Matt larger than usual, so it fills a space and is unavoidable. That is all for now, I'll need a full engineering report with mock ups on the above discussed items with project dates...lol,,,great topic. "Kirk out...."
Sounds fantastic. Lovely to read that you’re a total techie! Keep us in the loop on your home automation.
Could you explain us your complete setup?
I'm going to use IFTTT for triggers on the hue lights. I'm not sold on a hub yet but github peaks my interest. My first automated series is going to be garage door opens upon my approach with a series of lights coming on. Seems simple enough...ll
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Definitely a good starting point. And with this you’re miles ahead of the greater part of hosts, home owners in general. I do use some applets from IFTTT. Aside this I have schedules and scenes, activities set up with my Harmony Elite. It works with my Nest 3rd gen, LIFX smart lighting , my entire home entertainment system, etc.
I am really looking forward to the second phase of home Automation. But it’s closer than I’d expected.
hi, did anyone find an integrated solution?
Meaning being able to be hands off in terms of receiving guests and doing this remotely through a smartlock, 2 way audio camera etc?
Is there a company that does this or anyone has tried doing this by themselves?