Whether or not you have a fancy home, you can install some very simple devices to make it more efficient, user friendly, and more desirable to live in. Technologically speaking, we are way past the simple pleasures of being able to automatically adjust the temperature, starting the crock pot, and turning on lights before you get home, we are in a whole new world.
Provide Energy Management
Because your electrical meter, your refrigerator and each individual lighting fixture in your home all have an internet addresses, they can be controlled remotely. This can be accomplished via remote control within in your home or a custom designed internet application for your smart phone (the internet). These devices can also be set on a timer so as to maximize your energy conservation. Because they are all constantly connected to the internet, data can be collected and analyzed to provide you with up to the minute reporting (if desired) and a breakdown of your energy usage.
Increase Security For Your Family
Because security is a big concern for everyone; security is important in this day and age, especially for your family’s protection. There are several parts to a secure household, most of which you are already familiar with. CCTV systems, or camera systems, are definitely a part of the mix, and with today’s technology, you can do more with less.
For example, you can point a camera at your back yard, tell it to detect and notify you via email or text if a person walks through your backyard. Since smart cameras exist that can perform a number of functions, it’s also easy to tell the camera to distinguish between a human and your dog in the backyard.
As far as an alarm system goes, the possibilities are endless; you can design a system that will disarm as soon as you unlock the door with the right key, arm and disarm by voice command, or even by waving your arms in a specific pattern once you come in the door.
Boost Your Entertainment Experience
With all the advancement of home theater, what you want can, and is often, decided by the amount of money you want to spend. If you want a simple HDTV with 4 speakers, that’s easy and relatively inexpensive. If you want an integrated picture wall that when turned off looks like a plain white wall, you can have that too. There are even speakers that can be designed as art in your living room so as not to disturb the aesthetics of your design. From pre-selecting channels that you want to watch at a certain time, to watching TV on any tablet or smart phone in your house, the choice for entertainment is only limited by your imagination.
Provide Important Notifications
Did you leave the heater on? Is there a water leak in your basement? Did someone leave a package on your doorstep? All of these questions can be easily answered with various forms of home automation – notification is one of the true advantages of having a home automation system. If you have children that come home before you do, for example, you can use the home system to send you a text when they get home, let you know if the door is opened once they get home, and if the TV is turned on, what they are watching and for how long. Furthermore, if you want to look into your home to check in on them, you can pull up your camera system on your smart phone or computer, and visually see your children safe and sound.
Home Automation has become more of an ideal, rather than an option. We all want to know what it is that is going on in our home – our most valuable investment. Home automation means different things to different people, but to most, it’s a concept that we all embrace on some level, regardless of cost. Home Automation can be used to increase your productivity, save you money, and make your life a little easier in the process.