TOP10 Home Assistant 2024.1 New Features - Kiril Peyanski's Blog (2024)

Happy New Year guys and happy new Home Assistant 2024.1 release here are the most important things that have been delivered.

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New Automation Editor

The Home Assistant automation editor got a facelift! It’s easier to use now, thanks to lots of little changes. Earlier, when you went to the automations page on Home Assistant, it was empty, which wasn’t great if you were new.

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But now, there’s a friendly robot explaining what automations do and offering links to learn more.

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When you’re starting a new automation, you’ll find clearer explanations and terms to help you understand each part better. And there are temporary images that disappear once you add things. The big difference is in the buttons for adding triggers, conditions, or actions to your automation.

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There’s a new button beside conditions and actions named “Add building block.” This helps add logical elements like “and,” “or,” “If,” and “choose.”

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Before, these were mixed up, but now they have their own button, making it easier to spot and keeping things organized.

Earlier, there used to be a dropdown for all these buttons. Now, there’s a new box with descriptions and a search tool.

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These descriptions explain what each trigger, condition, or action does. When you add something, the most commonly used ones appear first, while others are neatly categorized.

Finally, “service calls” are now included with all other actions.

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So, when you add an action, you’ll see them grouped by what they control and where they come from. They also come with descriptions and can be searched easily.

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Due Dates & Description

To-Do Lists were updated in Home Assistant 2023.12 release, but now they receive some love again.

In Home Assistant 2024.1 you’re able to put due dates and descriptions on every task in your to-do list right from the User interface.

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These things were only possible before by using Home Assistant services, but not anymore. Adding due dates and descriptions from UI are enabled if the integration allows it or if you are using local to-do list.

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Valve Entity

Do you have any smart valves that control your radiators, pools, irrigation systems or just some water pipes? If yes, you can now add them in Home Assistant 2024.1 and they will have their own valve entity. At the moment this could happen only if you have these valves in your MQTT broker or if you have some Shelly Gas devices but this is just the beginning and I’m pretty sure soon a lot more will follow.

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Also valve entities can be exposed to Alexa and Google Assistant which is pretty nice.

Swappable info on thermostat & humidifier cards

Starting from Home Assistant 2024.1 the thermostat and humidifier cards now allow you to set the current temperature or humidity as the main information displayed on these cards. When you activate this choice, the target temperature/humidity will switch places with the current readings.

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Simple as that but good to have option and it seems that it was requested a lot. Makes sense doesn’t it?

Fan Mode Feature & Update buttons

Climate fan mode feature is also added in Home Assistant 2024.1.

This feature can be used with both thermostat and climate cards.

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Also you can now add update buttons right in the tile cards and guess what will happen if you press on these buttons – Home Assistant will try to update your device firmware or integration simple as that.

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Other Noteworthy Changes

As always There are some other noteworthy changes in this update. Here are some of them:

  • Cloud speech to text engine was moved to config entry.
  • Shelly Gen 3 devices support was added. I didn’t even know there was Shelly Gen 3 devices great
  • consider home interval to ping.
  • presets modes to ESPHome fan entities.

New Integrations in Home Assistant 2024.1

We have some new integrations as well in this latest Home Assistant release.Here are the most noticeable ones.

  • A.O. Smith integration is added. I don’t know these water heaters.
  • Holiday, that is pretty good one. This integration allows you to create a calendar of Holidays in Home Assistant. That’s a great one. I can’t wait to try it.
  • Tailwind garage door openers.
  • Tessie monitor and control your Tesla vehicle connected through the tessie platform. I don’t know what is this Tessie platform. Maybe if you have Tesla you will know that.

New Virtual Integrations in Home Assistant 2024.1

Some new Virtual integrations are also added virtual integrations are stubs that are handled by other integrations and these are the integrations that are supporting these new stubs integrations or virtual integrations.

You can check them in the release notes.

New UI integrations in Home Assistant 2024.1

There are there new integrations that can now be set up right from the UI and these are:

Backward-incompatible changes

Don’t forget to check the Backward-incompatible changes formerly known as breaking changes.

  • If you have some automations or scripts based on shutdown of Home Assistant event you should definitely check this.
The event key in the (undocumented) trigger data for the homeassistant trigger platform is now the string shutdown for a homeassistant trigger configured to fire on shutdown instead of an Event object.
  • if you are using Modbus configuration there are some updates here as well.
Setting swap: none has been removed from the Modbus configuration. It is identical to omitting it: swap:
  • Reolink cameras infrared lights has been migrated from light to switch domain. That is not a big of a change.
The Reolink Infrared lights in night mode entity has been migrated from the light to the switch domain.
  • And Shelly, If you have Shelly devices that are not recently updated you should update them if they are below these firmware versions if you wish your devices your Shelly Devices to work with Home Assistant.
The minimum supported firmware version for generation 1 devices is 1.11.0 (2021-07-15). The minimum supported firmware version for generation 2 devices is 1.0.0 (2023-08-03).

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The project was started as a Python application by Paulus Schoutsen in September 2013 and first published publicly on GitHub in November 2013. In July 2017, a managed operating system called was initially introduced to make it easier to use Home Assistant on single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi series.

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What is a Home Assistant supervisor? ›

Home Assistant Supervisor

The Supervisor provides an API to manage the installation. This includes changing network settings or installing and updating software.

What is the smartest Home Assistant? ›

There are three worth using—Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple's Siri—and each has its pros and cons. If you're new, right now we prefer Google- and Amazon-powered models, as they are the most widely user-friendly.

How long does Home Assistant keep history? ›

By default, the recorder stores the sensor data for 10 days. Older data is purged automatically. The data for the last 10 days is taken from the recorder. If you select a time frame that exceeds 10 days, the data is taken from the long term statistics table.

What is the best option to run Home Assistant? ›

We recommend using Home Assistant Operating System. Other methods are available for experienced users for their specific needs, for example, running Home Assistant in a virtualized environment (e.g. Proxmox), or on top of an existing operating system (e.g. Windows, macOS, Linux):

Are home assistants worth it? ›

A home assistant will be useless and won't do anything if you don't have any smart home device in your home. However, if you are having one or more smart home devices a Home Assistant can be a great way to enhance the functionality and features that will not cost you a fortune.

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What is zha in Home Assistant? ›

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Can you run Home Assistant remotely? ›

By default, remote access is not possible. You need to enable it. Once enabled, Home Assistant generates a security certificate for secure communication and provides you with a URL. You can then use this URL to access your Home Assistant while away from home.

What OS does Home Assistant run on? ›

Home Assistant Operating System (formerly HassOS) is a Linux based operating system optimized to host Home Assistant and its Add-ons. Home Assistant Operating System uses Docker as its container engine.

Where are the addons to Home Assistant? ›

To install add-ons, navigate to the Settings > Add-ons panel in your Home Assistant frontend, and click on the "Add-on store" tab.

What is the difference between Home Assistant and Home Assistant core? ›

Home Assistant vs.

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What was the first smart home device? ›

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