Smart Home Technology / Home Automation

With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Press a “Goodnight” button that will put your house to sleep, turning off all lights and locking all doors. With Control4, your options are virtually limitless. We examine all the options available to make your home more efficient, more energy efficient, and completely automated at an affordable price. We look at the price of a smart home system detailed by each electronic device. Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation. For a small investment of less than $2500.00, you can convert your home into the most tech savvy home anywhere.  Below is a list of the items we recommend and install.  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  Plano Texas Handyman recommends the Rachio Sprinkler System Controller, Arlo Wireless Camera Systems, TP Link wireless light switches and plugs, August Smartlocks and Nest Thermostats. Contact us for more information

Plano Texas Handyman can provide whole home automation systems (Read More), Wireless home security and surveillance systems (Read More), Smart Home Technology (Read More) to make your life more enjoyable and save you thousands of dollars.  You can also email me at [email protected].

Plano Texas Handyman recommends and installs the following items and would recommend the following components for a smart home:
  1. Surge Protection

    Whole house surge protection consists of a surge protector installed at a critical point to protect expensive devices and additional surge protectors installed at outlets where equipment is plugged into the wall.   Leviton 51120 Whole House Surge Protection

  2. Security and Surveillance

    “If it’s valuable to you, it’s also valuable to someone else,” You need to be vigilant to maintain care, control and custody of your purse or other valuables.” What about home security?

  3. WIFI Home Comfort

    Includes smart phone thermostats, smart phone light switches, smart phone lighting.

  4. Exterior irrigation

    Install Rachio sprinkler controller and a wireless drip irrigation system for your patio potted plants and greenery.

  5. LED lighting

    Buying light bulbs is just one element defining the perfectly lit home. When you upgrade light fixtures both inside and on the exterior. you need to be acutely informed on the terminology and what it means to the interior living space. How do you interpret lumens, which is the brightness of the bulb? How do you interpret the Kelvins of the color of the bulb? Should you choose LED lights of CFL light.  LED bulb guide

  6. Devices

    Just about any electric device can be controlled with your smart phone. 

Wireless Sprinkler Controls – Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 8 & 16 Zone 2nd Generation:


Highest-rated, best-selling. The smart watering category leader, overwhelmingly recommended by users.
Easy to control anywhere, anytime. Get complete access to monitor and adjust your sprinkler system from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Automatically adapts for weather. Rachio continuously adapts to local weather forecasts and changing seasons, automatically optimizing watering schedules.

Save water and money. Save up to 50% of your outdoor water use while keeping your plants healthy. EPA WaterSense Certified, eligible for rebate options up to 100% of retail value.

Water with precision. Rachio uses specific yard details, advanced watering algorithms and proven irrigation science to create accurate schedules customized to the particular needs of your yard.

Connect with top smart home platforms. Extend your smart home out into the yard. Rachio directly integrates with the best-connected home platforms (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Nest, and more), so you have more options and more control.  Smart Home Technology  Home Automation

Wireless Surveillance Systems – Arlo Security System – 4 Wire-Free HD Cameras, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMS3430)

Arlo Pro

100% Wire-Free – free of power cords and wiring hassles, allowing you to easily place Arlo Pro cameras wherever you want and monitor your home from every angle.

Weatherproof – Arlo Pro cameras are weatherproof so you can place them anywhere-indoors and out.

Rechargeable batteries – Arlo Pro cameras include rechargeable batteries that Support fast charging. Easily swap out batteries and power up in seconds without having your cameras offline.

2-way audio – built-in mic and speaker enable push-to-talk capability, so you can listen in and talk back
7 days of free cloud recordings.

Arlo Pro comes with recurring 7-day free cloud recordings. Live stream or view recorded video and audio for up to 7 days, free of charge  Home Automation

Wireless light Controls – TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, No Hub Required, Single Pole, Control Your Fixtures From Anywhere

Remote Access: Control your home lighting from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet using the free Kasa app.

Scheduling: Set lights to turn off and on at dawn, dusk, or any time that works with your daily schedule.

Away Mode: Make it look like you’re home when you’re not by having your lights turn off and on randomly while away.

Works with Amazon Alexa: Turn on or off the bulbs connected to the Smart Switch just using your voice with Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap and other supported devices(sold separately), LED Indicator: Find the switch easily, even at night when all your lights are turned off
Input voltage: 100 – 120VAC, 50/60Hz, 15.0A, Maximum Power: 3.68KW.  Smart Home Technology.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.  Home Automation

Home HVAC Controls – Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation

Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).

Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself in about a week.
Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy.

Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi‑Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Farsight: When Nest spots you across the room, it lights up to show you the time, temperature or weather.

Energy History: Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.

Nest Leaf: You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.  Home Automation

August Smart Lock (2nd Gen) – Keyless home access – Control with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or your smartphone (Dark Gray)

No more keys: Open your door and control who comes in – all from your August Home smartphone app.

Easy install: Attach to the inside of your current deadbolt in minutes. Your home’s exterior is unchanged.

Hands-free access: Auto-unlock when you arrive home. Auto-locks after you’re inside.
Feel secure: Share temporary virtual keys with guests & monitor access with 24/7 in-app activity feed.

Remote access: Control your front door from anywhere from your app. Requires August Connect.
Works with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Nest, IFTTT, Wink, Logitech Harmony, Logitech POP, iOS and Android devices.  Smart Home Technology.  Contact Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 for a quote on your perfect home automation.  Home Automation  You can also email me at [email protected].