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.

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

Men love their man caves, and now is the perfect time to give those rooms an upgrade. Rather than wood paneling a wall or buying another pricey beer light, we recommend giving the man cave a boost with the benefits of a smart home upgrade. Here’s what it can mean for your man cave.

Smart Sensors: Protection for Sensitive Areas

The man cave may be the home’s party room, but that doesn’t mean guests should have access to everything in it. If you have a bar and you like being your own bartender, then one way to keep it secure is to place a sensor in the behind-the-bar area. That way, you receive a smartphone alert the moment a guest goes into your sacred territory. It’s a great way to manage the flow of liquor, saving you money and protecting you from liability during parties.

Smart Locks for Home Access 

Is there anything more distracting during a party than getting up to answer the door? With a smart home upgrade to the security system, smart locks can be opened with a tap of the app; that way, you never have to leave the man cave, barbeque, or party game while there’s activity in progress. Guests will be impressed when you talk to them through the speaker, and even more impressed when you unlock the door remotely.

Smart Lighting & Thermostats

Home automation is a great trend, but it’s an even greater home improvement. Now, homeowners can automate the lights, locks, thermostats and even window shades with a simple smart home upgrade to their security systems. It’s no longer a massive undertaking or financial investment; it’s manageable for the average security system owner. And there are few rooms in the home that will benefit from this improvement more than the man cave, especially for homeowners who do a lot of entertaining.

About All Action Alarm

All Action Alarm has been a relationship-driven security company that provides superior customer service, quality installations and state-of-the-art monitoring – and now, our services include smart home upgrades. We are proud that one of the top security companies on Staten Island.