The dictionary defines home automation as “the control of domestic appliances by electronically controlled systems”. You’ll also here the new phrase “smart home.” That’s a pretty short description for the multifariousness of things it can do for you.
A smart home has been referred to as the “the internet of things”—providing seamless control over all aspects of your home. All of the devices and appliances you want to control are networked together using an intuitive interface such as a touch screen—also known as a control panel. A touch screen is an intuitive interface that gives you control of whatever function you’d like. Another great feature is “there’s an app for that”. Basically, the same functions as the touch screen on your smart phone. Existing and new equipment can be magnified through integration. This includes your TV, Blu-ray player, surround sound, media player, surveillance systems, lights, shades and more. The touch screen has the ability to provide a solution for any room in your home. It will provide you with live-feed where surveillance cameras are placed.
You can even add a touch screen to any room in your home so you don’t need to walk down the stairs or go into another room to control everything. Wouldn’t it be great to have the ability to control any system in your home using a touch screen or the app on your smart phone?
Here are some tips you will benefit from creating a smart home.
Security – Say your child might have left the door unlocked before he went out to play. Or, you know that secret place where you hide your key in case you lock yourself out of the house? No need to risk that key being discovered. You’ve got the control in your hands to either lock or unlock your door by touching a button on your phone or touch screen. Are you going to be home later than you anticipated? Go ahead and turn the lights on so it will appear as if someone has come home. You can also turn the lights on before you walk in the door to avoid the feeling of something lurking around the corner. What if you don’t remember if you closed your garage door? With the push of a button on your phone, you can make sure the garage door is closed.
Energy Efficiency – You can remotely power off systems and appliances when they are not in use. Some products can actively monitor systems and give you the insight to achieve greater control and energy efficiency. Imagine getting a personalized monthly report to help you track equipment performance and excess energy usage. With a smart home you have the ability to improve your efficiency by monitoring your monthly report.
Cost Savings – A smart home will show you the benefits on your first utility bill. Since you’re able to turn off appliances and adjust the temperature in your home with the touch of your finger, the savings will appear on your first utility bill. The cost of setting up a smart home up-front will save you a bundle in home safety and your monthly finances.
Peace of Mind – No more worrying about whether or not the lights have been turned off, the TV or surround sound is turned off, the temperature is adjusted to your liking, your garage door is open or who is at the front door and so on. The obsessive worrying is over with a smart home.