Extreme weather is a part of Miami life, but a smart home can help you be prepared. From sensing approaching storms to alerting you to water leaks before damage is done, the technology in your home can help keep it–and you–safe and sound. 

Reliable Power 

A home with a backup power source or backup internet provides security and safety during what could be a scary weather event. Smart homes rely on constant connectivity, so when the grid goes down, a battery-operated power source is key. A UPS, or uninterrupted power source, will seamlessly transfer to battery power if an outage occurs. Brands like Panamax provide custom, eco-friendly energy solutions to fit your home. Renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, provide off-grid autonomy. 

Energy companies RoseWater and RacePoint offer efficient and clean solutions with the unique triad of solar, battery, and generator backup systems. With a simple infrastructure of batteries, solar, and a generator, your home can keep running. Water, electricity, heat, cooling–things you don’t want to do without–are never an issue. Being able to depend on your own microgrid is the ultimate solution.

Monitoring During Adverse Weather

If you’re not at home when a sudden weather event occurs, or if you want to check on what’s happening across your entire property, cameras can help. Through Crestron’s app, a simple tap on your phone or tablet reveals different rooms, the pool, gate, etc. and provides peace of mind. Water sensors, like these from Ring, can be placed in areas that may experience leaks. Notifications are sent to your smartphone as soon as moisture is detected, so you can find the source, stop the leak, and prevent a disaster before it happens. 

With power and backups in place, these systems as well as security and fire/carbon monoxide detectors can keep you informed about what’s happening in your home even if you have to leave. And if you have smart locks or entries, you can allow service personnel in if need be. You can even program a setting for a weather emergency that requires you to leave; automate a lighting schedule, adjust the thermostat to a temperature that won’t unnecessarily pull at the power grid, and keep your home operational and secure.  

Connecting Your Home to the Weather

Take weather monitoring into your own hands. WeatherFlow Smart Weather Station is a high-quality, hyper-local weather station and can integrate into your smart home through your Crestron system, as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Its Tempest Weather System easily mounts on a flat surface or threaded screw mount, and can be positioned over 1,000 feet from its WiFi hub, allowing it to be placed away from buildings or trees that could interfere with its wind measurements. Made of marine-grade plastic, it’s resistant to weather and aging effects of sunlight. 

Weather data collected from this system can be used in countless helpful ways with your smart home: levels of sunlight and UV can trigger windows or shades to close and adjust the thermostat; temperature readings can delay sprinklers, close window treatments to cool the home, or turn on ceiling fans; and high wind detection can send a message to automatically retract glass walls, protecting them from flying debris. 

Whatever the Weather

When the storms clear and it’s sunny skies as far as you can see, Halio’s smart glass responds automatically to bright conditions by tinting the windows. Or you can soak it all in, with smart shade controls that usher the beautiful weather indoors with the sound of your voice. 

Hurricane season doesn’t have to fill you with dread. Use your smart home to its fullest with backup power sources, weather monitoring, and custom solutions. 

Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

If you would like to learn more about integrating custom weather solutions into your smart home system, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.

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