We all hate getting up in the morning only to step into the bathroom is unforgivingly cold (especially during the winter). This can make your mornings even more miserable than they already are (yes, I’m not a morning person).

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You can take out some of this pain by automating your mornings.

How Does It Work?

Install a motion sensor in the bedroom to trigger the infrared heater. It will instantly warm up your bedroom will not cost much.

  • Place the motion sensor in your bedroom to trigger the heater as soon as you woke up.
  • Automation should only trigger in the morning (or based on the bathroom temperature)
  • It should switch off after a certain time (or no movement in the bathroom)
  • You can also use the motion sensor to automate your lights.

What do you need?

DeviceOur RecommendationPrice

IR hub

A dedicated bridge
that emulates your
IR remote
$10 - $30

RF hub

RF bridge that emulates your Remote

 

  • Sonoff RF Bridge ($23.99) is our favourite RF bridge. The first thing you need to do is to flash it with Tasmota. This will allow you to connect to your bridge but also just control the bridge better.
$20 - $30

Shut off valve

A valve that will close and open water supply
  • leakSMART Water Leak Detection Kit ($365.72) is a more expensive option. It has all you need to set you up shut off valve. There are some negative comments on the hub but it works well in general.
  • Grohe 22503LN0 (from $14.00) is even more expensive. For the additional price, you have flow sensors capable to detect the pipe bursts without the sensors and better overall build quality. At the same, it has fewer options for integrating with your smart hub.
$99 - $400

Door/Window Sensor

Reports if a door or window is open or closed
  • Zigbee:  SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor ($19.81) is the best sensor by Samsung. Reliable, good battery life and looks amazing
  • Z-wave:  Z-Wave Door & Window Sensor ($30.42) is the sensor we recommend by Ecolink. It is easy to install, has up to 3 years of battery life and great customer feedback
$20 - $30

Motion Sensor 

Detects any motion. Ideally combined with luminance sensor.
A relatively simple device, with the price mainly dependent on the protocol you are using:
  • Zigbee Motion Sensor: SmartThings sensor ($24.94) is the best for its price and stability.
$25 - $60

Water leak detector

A sensor that will trigger the shut-off valve to work
  • Samsung Leak Detector ($19.95) is the most affordable and simple solution. At this price, you should cover all the areas in your house. Requires A Smart Hub
  • FIBARO Flood Sensor ($54.99) is a very good Z-wave leak detector. It has great battery life, easy to pair and very accurate at alarms. Requires A Smart Hub
$20 - $55

Outlet 

Allows you to remotely switch on and off. Can be retrofitted to any existing devices. 
  • Wifi outlet: Kasa Smart WiFi Plug (price for 2 - $34.99) is the best for price and local connectivity.
$20 - $35

Smart Colour Bulb

A a colour bulb you can remotely control 

$24 - $35

White Bulb

Practical bulb that would work for majority of use cases
$10 - $20

Switch US

Switch to turn on and off lights. Require neutral wire in the box.
$30 - $45

TIP: Do you really need switches in the bathroom? The lights can automatically switch on and off by a motion sensor ($30-$60). All you need is:  (a) Connected smart bulb (go for a simple white: Kasa Smart WiFi Light Bulb (from $16.99) or Sengled Smart LED Soft White A19 Bulb ($9.99) (b) A motion sensor in the bathroom (Dome Z-wave Sensor ($34.97) or  SmartThings Zigbee sensor ($24.94)

You might also consider:

  • Smart Hub ($60 – $100; assumed exists already) – As we discussed in our smart home manifesto, all of the advanced automation require a smart hub to manage the routines and control all your systems together. We recommend SmartThings v3 hub ($64.97)  for the majority users, but please see our definitive guide to smart hubs (and review of 3 best smart hubs out of 10 we reviewed)

TIP: You can automate your mornings even more by linking the motion sensor in your bathroom/bedroom with the switch on your kettle or on the coffee machine.

How to set up this automation in your smart hub

Section below will have step by step instructions how to set this automation routine in the most popular smart hubs like SmartThings, Home Assistant, HomeSeer and Hubitat

Please leave comments below if you have any questions, or interested in the instruction for a specific system. This will help us to better focus our effort.

Things to consider when setting up:

  • Calibrate: configure your motion sensor sensitivity settings to avoid false alarms
  • Reposition your sensor: try to move your sensor in the different positions to make sure you do not have too many alarms (although limiting the routine to near the time of waking up would solve it)