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#1

Hi everyone! I’m pretty new here, but I wanted to help you understand more about how to use home automation products (smart locks, thermostats, window/door sensors, noiseaware, etc.) in your Airbnb.

I run a company that focuses on installing these in Airbnbs in Toronto but I know people here are all around the world so I figured I can help you out. So if you have any questions, ask away!

Ken


#2

Question about window/door sensors.

I would like to ultimately install something that shuts off the air/heat if windows or doors are open for more than 5 minutes or something.

The issue is…I know some folks really need some fresh air at night and open the windows a bit. Or they crack open the bathroom window because it is too hot. I consistently come in behind guests and one of the windows is open a bit. It makes me think the window stays that way for an entire week…basically heating and cooling the outdoors.

Is there any way to resolve this?


#3

Question 2: motion detector thermostats

I have heard that some thermostats can be set to a certain temperature if guests leave the heat/air cranking all day…and no one is even there.

Can the system detect if someone is sleeping, versus if no one is in the home?


#4

Have Schlage zwave lock and wink hub. I see where it can alert me to remove codes at speficided date/time, but can this be done automatically?


#5

Good questions, cabinhost!

  1. Windows are definitely a problem that can rack up your energy bill. Your question has a few parts and there are different solutions so I’ll try to lay them out well.

To start, you can definitely have your window sensors activate your thermostat after 5 minutes. There’s no out-of-box solution for this so you would need something like a Homeseer ZWave Pi (ask me specific questions about the system if you’d like). Then you can set up a trigger along the lines of "if a window goes from closed to open, start a countdown. if it’s open for 5 minutes, turn off the thermostat.

Another simple solution would again use the window sensors and an interface such as Vera, SmartThings, or Homeseer (and lots of others) then just check on your phone to see if any windows are open when a guest leaves.

  1. Your second question is pretty simple. You are probably thinking of the Ecobee thermostat with room sensors. Those can detect if someone is sleeping vs. not in the room but must be pointed at them. This then adjusts the set temperature to the room they’re in (example if they set it to 21 degrees, it’ll make sure the room they’re in is 21 instead of the room the thermostat is in).

If you want the system to shut off or go into eco mode when no one is home, again you need a Zwave hub (homeseer, smartthings, etc) and your own motion sensors. Those would need to be in pretty much all rooms people might hang out in, and then you can set them so if none of them detect motion, the thermostat goes into eco mode.


#6

Unfortunately Wink does not allow very much automation with locks due to security concerns. So no, you cannot have it automatically delete the code.


#7

Does this fall into the same category as the sensor needing to point towards the bed to detect if someone is sleeping?

For example…family wants to go out for the day, and Grandpa decides to stay home and watch a game in the theater room. He falls asleep to nap in one of the reclining chairs. Would the sensor only detect a human is there, if it’s directly pointed at that chair?

Also, is all of this dependent on great wifi? My wifi in the mountains is not the greatest, can be intermittent sometimes.

Thanks.


#8

Sorry I’m just heading out right now but I’ll be back in about an hour and I’ll have lots of time to answer your question and any follow-ups


#9

No worries…and no hurry. I’ve had these questions for more than two years. They can wait until tomorrow. :smile:


#10

Okay sorry about the delayed response, but here are your answers:

These are different sensors than before so they are looking for motion. With a timer set for 30 minutes, then it would only turn off the thermostat after 30 minutes of no motion.

So if Grandpa falls asleep in the chair, it should be okay if he just moves a bit in his sleep.

Answer regarding wifi:

There are smart devices that are wifi-dependant and ones that don’t need wifi. In all my installations I try to stick to devices that don’t need wifi in case it breaks. I use a technology called Z Wave, and a controller called Homeseer which will do your automations offline. This means if your internet goes out, then you will not be able to manually adjust things via your home, but automations such as “If no motion is detected, turn off the thermostat” will still run.

I’m enjoying these questions, let me know if you have more!


#11

what automation products are used in condos to facilitate self check-in? keyfobs, unit access, buzzer system


#12

Hi everyone! It’s a bit of a quiet Monday so I’d like to bump this post and see if anyone else has questions!


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