Greetings, I’m thrilled to have you join me for an in-depth look at the latest updates in Home Assistant 2023.9 much-anticipated release. From enhanced onboarding to climate control, innovative tile card features, weather forecasts, and more, this release is packed with improvements to elevate your smart home experience. Without further ado, let’s dive into all the exciting details!

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A Refreshed Home Assistant 2023.9 Onboarding Experience

Home Assistant kicks off this release with a second round of onboarding enhancements, solidifying its commitment to a seamless user journey. With the Home Assistant 2023.9 update, the onboarding process receives a fresh makeover. The new look is designed to streamline your initial interaction with the platform.

This is how the new Home Assistant 2023.9 welcome screen is looking like

From quick language selection to an automatic derivation of default currency and measurement units based on your chosen country, getting started has never been smoother.

The compatible integrations discovered in your home are now listed for your convenience, allowing you to add and configure them later from the Integrations section. This newfound simplicity ensures that your entry into the world of Home Assistant is focused on setting up your smart home swiftly.

The found integrations are only for info during the onboarding now

Exciting Tile Card Features

Home Assistant 2023.9 brings a slew of fresh tile card features to the table, enriching your user experience. From HVAC modes to water heater settings, temperature control, cover positions, tilts, and even the unexpected but delightful inclusion of a lawn mower entity! These features contribute depth and versatility to your smart home setup while optimizing dashboard space usage.

These is how the new tile cards are looking like

Elevated Climate Control with Visual Enhancements

The Home Assistant 2023.9 update introduces a notable visual makeover for the climate, humidifier, and water heater entities.

The spotlight shines on a chic circular slider that elegantly displays the current temperature as a dot along with setpoints.

a chic circular slider as a thermostat

This visual representation is complemented by intuitive buttons for adjusting setpoints. The addition of a glowing indicator at the center adds a subtle yet impactful touch of visual feedback, enhancing your interaction.

plus and minus buttons are also working if you don't like the sliders
plus and minus buttons are also working if you don’t like the sliders

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Weather Forecasts

Next is the introduction of the weather forecast service in Home Assistant 2023.9. Say goodbye to navigating between different forecast entities. Now, with the weather.get_forecast service, you can seamlessly retrieve all your weather predictions in a single request.

This is how you can call the weather.get_forecast service. Of course this can be done in automations and scripts.

Whether you’re seeking daily or hourly forecasts, this streamlined approach resides within one entity. Additionally, the revamped weather card on your dashboard allows you to select your preferred weather forecast display, granting you customization like never before.

Weather Forecast

Embrace the Lawn Mower Entity

Speaking of new additions, let’s welcome the lawn mower entity to the stage! Home Assistant 2023.9 enables seamless integration of your lawn mower into the ecosystem. Presently, this integration supports MQTT and provides basic functionalities such as starting, pausing, and returning the mower to its home base.

lawn mower entity example

While advanced features are still in development, the introduction of this entity hints at even greater integration possibilities on the horizon.

Streamlined Template Sensors

Home Assistant 2023.9 introduces preview support for template sensors right within the UI.

This convenient feature eliminates the need to delve into YAML, allowing you to set sensor states using templates, select measurement units, and configure device and state classes with ease.

Template sensor in the UI

Both sensors and binary sensors benefit from this UI-based approach. While advanced attributes may still require YAML adjustments, this enhancement significantly simplifies sensor setup.

Binary Template Sensor demo creation from the UI

Discover Group Previews

Exploring Home Assistant’s 2023.9 release uncovers an interactive aspect to setting up helpers. Imagine having a sneak peek of your entity’s appearance before finalizing the settings. This new preview feature offers real-time visualization of your entity’s look based on your chosen settings.

Exploring Home Assistant 2023.9: Exciting Updates for a Smarter Home 1

And speaking of groups, don’t miss the newly added event group, contributing further flexibility to your customization journey.

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As we wrap up our journey through Home Assistant 2023.9, I hope you’re as excited as I’m about these enhancements. From a revamped onboarding experience to stylish tile card features, advanced climate control visuals, and more, this release marks another step forward in the evolution of your smart home.

I’m Kiril, Thank you for accompanying us on this tour. Until next time, keep exploring, keep innovating, and keep making your home smarter than ever before.

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