Forgot to lock the front door? Want to change the thermostat? Need to turn on the lights? Enter the Nexia smart home automation system.
What is the Nexia Smart Home Automation System?
The Nexia smart home automation system lets you take control of your home, even when you’re away. The all-in-one app connects to your smart devices and allows you to perform everyday tasks such as automatically unlocking the door when you’re carrying in groceries, turning on the oven when you’re prepping dinner and turning on the lights before you pull in the driveway. You can control your lawn’s irrigation system, set home security measures and detect water leaks. You’ll never have to question if you closed the garage door because as Nexia notes, “It’s almost like being in two places at once.” Still wondering if you need a home automation system?
Think of it this way: You can use the smart products you prefer and connect them all through Nexia. For more information, here’s A Guide to Home Automation Protocols.
Ease of Use
According to Nexia, even people who are technically challenged are able to use their product with ease. The Nexia app is customizable so once you get it set up with your devices, you can automate certain functions, such as locking your door at 9 p.m. each night or turning your thermostat up at 6 a.m.
Getting Started with Nexia
Nexia works with products from a number of different manufacturers, so you’re able to choose the products you prefer. To get started, you’ll need the Nexia Bridge, seen here, which is basically the hub of the system. It allows your Nexia-compatible products to talk to each other. Expect to pay about $100 for the Nexia Bridge Starter Kit.
“The majority of Nexia compatible smart home products are DIY,” the company notes. “After creating your account on mynexia.com, you will be guided through a step-by-step process for setting up your bridge and compatible products. From there, you can create your preferences and automations through either your mobile app or at mynexia.com.”
The app is available for download at the App Store and Google Play.
The basic plan doesn’t have a monthly charge and includes modifying thermostats, light control and video.
The Sensing plan at $4.99 a month includes all that plus alerts for water leaks, smoke and home entry.
At $9.99 a month—the most popular plan—you’ll also be able to automate daily tasks, start and record video.
There is also supplemental storage available for an additional $1.99 a month, if you’re looking to save video.
For a complete cost breakdown, visit the Nexia plan page.
The smart home automation market is getting crowded with similar companies offering competitive services. Companies such as ADT and Vivant Smart Home offer similar services that can be customized to your needs. Price varies depending on the services you want so you’ll need to get a customized quote from each company. Home Advisor notes the typical cost of installing a home automation system varies greatly from $300 to $1,522, so it’s best to check out your options.
Overall, Nexia may be a good option for those looking for a DIY-friendly home automation system that uses products you may already have, especially because it can be customized. For more on smart home automation, check out Smart Home Devices You’ll Love.