Here at Horne Heating and Air Conditioning, we are proud to offer one of the best home automation systems on the market today…the Nexia Home Intelligence system. Homeowners ask us many questions about this system. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Nexia system.
1:What is home automation?
Technology has allowed us to connect to multiple facets of our daily life—and that includes our
homes. A home automation, or connected home, system connects electronic home products to
Internet-enabled devices so you can access them remotely.
2: What is Z-Wave?
Z-Wave is a next-generation wireless technology that allows virtually any electronic device in
your home to communicate via low power radio waves that travel through walls, floors and
3: Why was Z-Wave chosen for Nexia Home Intelligence?
Because Z-Wave is used by many of manufacturers that make products for the home, it was the
ideal choice for Nexia. Z-Wave allows Nexia to work with products from a number of different
brands, rather than a proprietary system of products we control. Additionally, Z-Wave has great
range, low susceptibility to interference from other wireless devices and operates on very low
power. And, because Z-Wave is a “mesh network,” the network gets stronger when more ZWave
devices are added to the system, which is ideal for accommodating all sizes and shapes of
home layouts and environments.
4: What exactly does Nexia allow you to do?
Nexia allows you to access, monitor, and control smart products in your home all from your
smartphone, tablet, or computer. With Nexia, you can easily make your products work together
to improve the comfort, efficiency, and security of your home.
Nexia keeps you informed about what’s happening in the home:
Activity or motion – when door/window or motion sensors detect activity
Door access – anytime anyone enters a door code or if a door has been left unlocked
Tamper alerts – if the wrong lock code is entered or activity is detected at the door
Low battery reminders – when the batteries in door locks are running low
Furnace filter change reminders – when it is time to change your HVAC filter
Temperature alerts – if the temperature is out of range
Smoke or Carbon Monoxide detection – anytime these deadly dangers are detected in
Water leaks – if a pipe burst or there’s a leak in prone areas like the basement or kitchen
Nexia helps you stay connected and in control even when away:
Schedule lights to come on at sunset so you arrive to a safe, well-lit home
Adjust thermostat – before you get home so you always arrive to a comfortable home
Create secure access code for housekeeper or guest when you can’t be there
Lock the door from across town or across the country
Schedule the garage door to close every night at 7pm to be sure your house is secure
5: What are some of the benefits of using Nexia Home Intelligence?
Nexia Home Intelligence helps you stay connected to what matters most to you. Unlike
competing systems, Nexia is more than a product with an app. Instead, Nexia has an app that
controls multiple products – one app, countless products. That’s the beauty of Nexia – it brings
together all of the connected products in your home so that you can manage them remotely
from a single app on a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Key benefits of the Nexia system include:
Future-ready platform – that allows you to customize your home with a wide range of
products from today’s most innovative home brands
Scalability – so the system can be expanded over time
Automatic updates – on new features and ways to control the home
Affordable price – so subscribers can have the benefits of home automation without the cost
of legacy or heavily customized systems
Subscriber support – based in the U.S. to help you get the most out of your system
6: Is Nexia difficult to install?
Nexia is a true do-it-yourself system. Setting up the system in a home requires the same technical skills as setting up a computer and wireless router. In fact, they take pride in the fact that compared to most home automation systems, Nexia is simple to set up and install. They provide step-by-step account setup wizards, installation videos, and reference documents to help you through the process.
If you have any questions, you can call their subscriber support team at 1-877-288-7707 for assistance.
7: What do I need to set-up Nexia?
Nexia Home Intelligence is smart enough to make setup simple. What you need to get set up:
Active broadband internet connection
Router with at least one available port* (not necessary with the new Trane XL824 or
American Standard Gold XV thermostats)
Computer with internet access for initial setup
A compatible smartphone or tablet in order to use your mobile devices for remote features
Nexia Bridge or Trane XL824 thermostat or American Standard Gold XV thermostat
8: How can I use Nexia to make my home more energy-sufficient?
Nexia can help you manage and reduce your consumption. Here are a few examples:
Program thermostat – to adjust the temperature while you are gone (Trane Home Energy
Use motion sensors – to turn lights off and on (Schlage Home Motion Sensor + Schlage
Home Dimmer Module)
Turn off unwanted lights – after you are gone (GE Z-wave Light Switches)
Adjust thermostat – from phone so you come home to comfortable house (American
Standard Silver XM control)
9: How can I use Nexia to make my home more secure?
9: How can I use Nexia to make my home more secure?
Nexia gives you peace of mind when it comes to safeguarding your home and the people and
possessions in them. With a Nexia Home Bridge and Nexia subscription, you can:
Receive text or email alerts when codes are entered in lock (Schlage Home Keypad Lock
or Touchscreen Deadbolt)
Create an automation that triggers the camera to record video if activity is detected at the
door (Schlage Home Keypad Lock or Touchscreen Deadbolt + Schlage Outdoor
Schedule lights to come on when you are gone or when it is dark to give your home that
“lived-in look” (GE Z-wave Light Switch)
Schedule your garage door to close every night at the same time or set your garage door
For more information about the Nexia Home Intelligence system contact us here at Horne Heating and Air Conditioning.