There are many misconceptions about what home automation is or isn’t. So many so in fact that it is often that some of the beliefs (though exaggerated) even make it into pop culture and the media.
Did you ever see the episode of Warehouse 13 where the fully automated house develops a crush on the main character and locks him in the house? Smart technologies are not that smart yet, so no worries. Home automation and smart technologies can do a lot of incredible things, though, and it is worth knowing how home automation can fit into your life.
This three-minute primer should help you consider its options and determine its applicability in your lifestyle.
What Exactly is Home Automation?
Home automation is installed technology that allows enabled devices to be interconnected and controlled remotely and scheduled according to need. The process allows coordinated control of the home environment for comfort, convenience, safety, and efficiency. Typically, it includes entertainment systems, lighting systems, climate control systems, video monitoring, security systems, and additional enabled devices and appliances.
Debunking the Myth of the Smart Home
One of the most common myths surrounding home automation is that it is so complex that it is not affordable. While many complex technologies go into home automation, these technologies have advanced so much that it makes home automation possible and affordable for every household.
What Are the Advantages of Home Automation?
The applications and uses for home automation are nearly endless and the benefits of home automation are many, and sometimes as unique as the family that uses them. Generally, the benefits can fall into the following categories.
Increased Safety with Mobile Apps
Home automation allows you to check in on your home remotely. Some systems allow you to interact and control the home security system from any smart device permitting you to arm or disarm the system and lock and unlock doors. Home automation systems connected to lighting and entertainment systems can also be controlled to replicate occupancy for added safety.
Energy Savings with Smart Thermostats
Home automation also has the added advantage of helping conserve energy, which translates into savings. For example, you can automate heating and cooling systems to run only when someone is home or to bring your home to a comfortable temperature just prior to your arrival. It allows you to turn off forgotten enabled appliances, or schedule them to run at off hours when the rates are lowest. All of these simple adjustments add up to big savings over time.
Added Convenience of Automation
There are only so many minutes in the day and since we can never get them back, we must use them wisely. Home automation can help in our quest for productivity and efficiency. By having your systems scheduled, you can eliminate certain tasks.
With the ability to tap into your systems remotely, you can crack down on time drainers such as answering the door a million times only to find it was a salesperson or driving all the way back home to be extra certain you turned off the coffee pot. Forget to turn on the home security system? No problem. Home automation can handle that.
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