How to make your home smarter

Enhance your lifestyle with these home automation devices.

By Homicity

Oct 22, 2019

How to make your home smarter

Nowadays, we can automate just about anything using our smartphones: speakers, lights, locks, thermostats, and more. These devices have given us the ability to know and control what’s going in and around our house when we’re not there. Thanks to rapidly evolving technology and the Internet of Thingswe are now more connected than ever. With the touch of a button or the sound of our voice, we can conveniently control a number of devices. 


From home assistants to wirelessly controlled kitchen appliances, we’ve compiled a list of different devices you can use to make your home smarter.


Home assistants


Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that is powered by Alexa, an artificial voice-controlled personal assistant. Simply ask Alexa to play a song, make a call, set an alarm, answer a question, check the weather, and more. The Echo device is also compatible with several smart home devices, including smart lights and thermostats.

Price: $129.99

Similar products: Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot


Google Home

This device controls your home through voice command with help from the Google Assistant. Use your Google Home to get answers to your questions, play music, organize your schedule, set alarms, make calls, stream on your Chromecast, and control any other compatible home automation devices.

Price: $129

Similar products: Google Home Mini, Google Home Max

Home control hubs


Harmony Hub

Logitech’s Harmony Hub controls your home entertainment and smart home devices from a smartphone or tablet. Using the Harmony Activities app, you can control individual devices or create a custom activity to trigger a sequence of device functions. The Harmony Hub can be paired with Alexa and is compatible with over 270,000 entertainment and smart home devices, including Sonos, Apple TV, PlayStation, Ecobee, Roku, and more.

Price: $129.99

Similar products: Harmony Companion, Harmony Elite



The Brilliant Home Control allows you to easily manage all your smart home devices from one single control panel on your wall or app on your smartphone. This panel can control your lighting, temperature, music, and door locks. Brilliant has built-in Alexa voice control and is compatible with smart products brands including Philips Hue, Honeywell, Sonos, and Ring.

Price: Starts at $299 and has no annual fees            

Similar products: One to four switch control





Frontpoint’s security system is a fully integrated and automated system that connects your home security to your smartphone. Frontpoint’s sensors arrive pre-programmed and its home automation devices are ready-to-use. This security system includes 24/7 professional monitoring service and is customizable to fit your lifestyle.

Price: Since equipment and plans rates vary, it’s recommended to contact the company for a quote. Packages start at $430.95 and monitoring plans start at $34.99.


ADT Command

Use the ADT Command to set up your home security system and manage it from your smartphone. Using their app and connected home automation devices, you can remotely check on your family members, lock and unlock your doors, and manage your lights and thermostats. This system also includes their Smart Generation Panel, which provides 24/7 Canadian monitoring.

Price: Packages start at $35 per month, not including installation and other fees.


Ring Peephole Cam

This device helps you see who’s at your door from home and away, whether you live in an apartment, condo, or house. The Ring Peephole Cam has a motion sensor that notifies you on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. From your device, you can see, hear, and speak to your visitor from anywhere.

Price: $199.99 USD

Similar products: Video Doorbell, Video Doorbell Pro


Nest x Yale Lock

This smart lock allows you to create passcodes to open the door and get alerts when they are used. Using the Nest app on your, lock and unlock your door from anywhere. The Next x Yale Lock replaces your current deadbolt and is tamper-proof.


Price: $359


Temperature and Lighting


Google Nest Learning Thermostat

This smart thermostat helps you save energy and it programs itself, automatically adapting to your lifestyle and the changing seasons. Through the Nest app, you can control your thermostat from your phone and see your energy history. The device also lights up when you enter the room to display the time, temperature, or weather. 

Price: $329

Similar products: Nest Thermostat E


Philips Hue White Ambiance

Control the lighting of your home to get the optimal ambiance for any activity, from waking up to going to sleep. Set your lighting to help you relax or concentrate using timers or remotely from your smartphone. It is also compatible with Alexa and Google Home and can connect with motion sensors and wireless switches.

Price: $180.59

Similar products: Hue White, Hue White and Color Ambiance


Other appliances


iRobot Roomba i7

This self-vacuuming robot uses sensor technology to intelligently map and remember your home’s floor plan. It learns, maps, and adapts so that you can control which rooms to clean and when, all from your smartphone or home assistants. This vacuum is also ideal for homeowners with pets, picking up cat and dog allergens.

Price: $699.99

Similar products: Roomba s Series, i Series, 900 Series, e Series, 600 Series


Anova Precision Cooker

This sous-vide device will transform you into a chef delivering restaurant-quality food every single time. Using the Anova app on your smartphone, you can control your precision cooker from anywhere with Wi-Fi.

Price: $199

Similar products: Anova Precision Cooker Nano, Anova Precision Cooker Pro


These are just a few of the many ways you can enhance your style of living through home automation devices. While some of these are pricier investments, these products can help you save money, energy, and time in the long run.


Homicity helps you find your dream home in the perfect community. Whether you are buying, renting, or selling, you can navigate the Canadian real estate market with confidence with our expert advice, market news, and recommendations powered by AI.

Join the conversation

Please login to leave a comment

Don't have an account?

Sign Up

Articles selected for you:

Five things you need to know about the new mortgage stress test rules

On April 6, new mortgage stress test rules will come into effect.

Ottawa’s real estate market starts off slow in January 2020

Ottawa’s inventory shortage impacts the resale market with increased prices and decreased sales.

What to expect from proptech in 2020

Proptech is anticipated to disrupt the real estate industry in new and creative ways.

Condo sales lead the way in December 2019

The Ottawa real estate market closes out the decade with record-breaking numbers.