Home Automation involves connecting smart devices through a wireless protocol to be controlled either with voice command, automatically, with scheduled routines, or remotely using a mobile device. It helps reduce energy costs, and is environmentally friendly and convenient.
A system of Home Automation is also a security advantage for the homeowner, giving him/her the ability to control the lights and other appliances, or to see who is at the door via a video camera. Some systems can even detect and turn on a light in the hallway when someone comes home, or can turn off the lights as people leave for work or school.
Adding home automation to your home is as easy as adding smart technology to your existing devices. A home technology installation professional can help you link your devices, entertainment platforms, and other technologies to a single automation ‘hub’ that gives you a simple interface to control all of them. A few clicks or a simple voice command can activate and dim lights, adjust the temperature, turn on the sprinklers, or send your favorite playlist to speakers throughout the house.
All home automation devices can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet, and many are compatible with voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant. Many can also be placed on schedules, so your lights can be turned off at night or the thermostat set to a predetermined temperature for when you wake up in the morning.
The biggest benefit of home automation is the peace of mind it provides. If you are wondering if you shut the garage door or turned off the lights, you can verify it with your mobile app. You can also set up geofence automations, which will close your garage door, lock doors, and turn off lights if you go out of your house or enter an area that you designate.
Many people give a key to their neighbor or plant sitter when they go out of town, so that they can water the plants, feed the dog, and get the mail. If you have a home automation system, you can give that person the key to your house through an app and let them in, or you can just have them unlock the door with their phone or tablet.
Smart technology is not inexpensive, and it is important to evaluate your needs and budget before choosing a system. Most smart devices require a WiFi connection to work, and you will need to install a router capable of supporting the network. The cost can add up quickly, depending on the size of your home and the number of connected devices. Home automation is a great way to make your home more comfortable and secure, but you should always be aware of your budget when considering this option. It is possible to find affordable options, and a good place to start is by creating a checklist of the rooms and tasks that you would like to automate.