Add the Home Assistant Community Store to Home Assistant

The Home Assistant Community Store or HACS as it is known as is an awesome custom component that opens a whole another level of Home Assistant add-ons. If you are using Home Assistant at some point you are going to want something that can be installed via HACS! Getting HACS installed so you can start… Continue reading Add the Home Assistant Community Store to Home Assistant

How To Use Modes in Home Assistant Automations

Back in version .115 Home Assistant added some mode options for automations, and gave us more control over the flow. And if you are like me you may not have paid much attention to them at first. These new modes add the ability to define how an automation handles getting triggered or more specifically trigger… Continue reading How To Use Modes in Home Assistant Automations

How I Set Up Presence Detection in Home Assistant

Presence detection is critical to a smart home. In fact it might be the most important piece on data your smart home needs, and there is no single way to do this. But if I am being honest this is one of those areas I have struggled with the most. The biggest problem I have… Continue reading How I Set Up Presence Detection in Home Assistant

Build Smarter Automations in Home Assistant Using Scripts

Automations may be the one thing that brings all of smart home enthusiasts to the yard. After all, its is the in the name Home Automation. However, the problem is unless you are willing to invest time writing code, the automation you can build out of the box with most platforms is a slightly more… Continue reading Build Smarter Automations in Home Assistant Using Scripts

How I Turned My House into Disney’s Haunted Mansion using Home Assistant

If you haven’t guess from the topic of this article we are Disney fans in this house. I mean Annual Passholder Card Carrying Disney fans. So after getting Home Assistant setup to automate the house I decided I could use the platform to do a little Disney Imagineering. Now I didn’t literally recreate the haunted… Continue reading How I Turned My House into Disney’s Haunted Mansion using Home Assistant