Universal android app for home automation?

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  1. hypnos

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    I am planning a cost effective automation for our remodeled home.

    I want to be able to control my refrigerator,smoke alarm,security cameras,door locks,lights,garage doors and air conditioner but the problem is each of them has a different app and recently we got this Go-Clair Premium Air Purifiers with e2f technology. which doesn't have app control. Since we have one for the air conditioner I felt it would be nice to have one for our room air purifier as well.

    Is there any way to control parameters of devices like this which don't have inherent automation perhaps by connecting it to a switch device?Also is there any universal android app which can integrate all the app controls in one particular place? I don't want to spend a lot on an expensive hub.
     
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    From what I understand, you will need a hub to control appliances made by various manufactures.
     
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    Belkin WeMo will show you to plug any appliance in and have simple power control but beyond that you will need the device to have it's own control features built in. Alternatively there are home automation systems that can provide similar functionality.

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    At present there are different apps for all the appliances .It is very time consuming to log in and control each one separately. So I was thinking if there is a universal app which can integrate all the apps on one platform where I just need to log in and control all the devices it would solve the problem right ?
     
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    At present in the market I see just Honeywell air purifiers have automation support and purifier controlling app but it has ionizing function which I read is not good for allergy sufferers . Since this particular one was recommended by my allergy specialist I'd prefer using this but with some added tweak.

    I am wondering if there are any third party add ons which I could use. Which in turn can help me monitor/control air flow ?
     
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    I think you should use a hub. Without using a hub you cannot integrate all the different appliances and control it from a single point.

    Also I personally think that you don't need appliance control for air purifiers. They are meant to be switched on all the time at high speed setting. I personally use an IQ air purifier and the only time I switch it off is when I sleep at night because it gets too loud. You say your Clair air purifier was recommended by your allergy specialist so stick to it.You don't need automation for air purifiers because unlike air conditioners air purifiers clean the air and does not have any effect on the temperature of the room.
     
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    hmm why you need control over a particular stuff like an air purifier? I saw your Clair, it takes only 2W per hour. Come on, it will be only $3/month even you let it on 24/7.

    Or you want to turn it off so I suppose it's noisy?
     
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    I thought it would be nice to automate the entire HVAC including the air purifiers. I was just thinking out loud here .

    The air purifier isn't noisy. In fact I sometimes don't know whether I've switched it On or Off .We sometimes keep it switched on throughout the day.
     
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