We live in a world of shifting trends. Many products that seemed cool even five years ago now seem useless and obsolete. New products seem to arrive on the market daily, and many of them disappear as quickly as they came. Still, some products seem to stick. Why? The technologies that have the most long-lasting influence tend to integrate into our lifestyles to the point that we can’t imagine life without them. They become something we rely on, not just a flashy new toy.
One of these new products to recently hit the market is home automation. While some may argue that home automation is just a trend and will be gone within a couple of years, in reality its much more likely to stick around. This is because it changes the way people live. Used correctly, home automation has the potential to change your life in several significant ways. The following are reasons home automation is likely here to stay.
Makes Life Convenient
In the modern world, consumers are all about convenience. Smartphones for example make it possible to email, check your bank account, socialize and browse the Internet all on a device that sits in your pocket. New models of technology-based products often focus making their services more convenient and more user-friendly.
Home automation makes life easy in multiple ways. For example, it allows you to control your homes entertainment system all from a smartphone app. You can literally sit on your couch and turn on the TV or speaker system, adjust the volume, dim the lights and adjust the room’s temperature without ever standing up. It sounds like something out of a futuristic movie, but home automation makes such convenience possible, and at a price that the average consumer can likely afford.
Supports a Busy Lifestyle
People’s lives are busy and getting busier. This may result in some people spending very little time in their homes. However, such people will still want to protect their homes, keep an eye on their kids or pets and even be able to turn of the lights to save energy. Home automation allows the busiest person to do all of this. If you find yourself staying overtime a work, pull out your phone and tap into your homes video surveillance. Or, unlock your home’s front door from work so a neighbor or friend can get in to borrow a movie. If you are away on a business trip, there are some devices that even allow you to water your lawn from your smartphone.
People have different needs for their homes and many home automation services allow you to pick and choose the devices you need. While one person may want to enhance their entertainment system, another person may be more concerned with making their energy usage more efficient. With standard security systems there is a good chance you will end up paying for something you don’t need. If you are concerned about paying for home automation simply purchase the devices you need as you go. In general, automation companies allow for much more flexibility and customization.
Lindsey Patterson is a freelance writer who is an expert in technology involving home security and automation systems. She is currently acting as a consultant to Vivint Alarm.