Life gets busy sometimes. Wouldn’t you love to live in a home that could do some of the work for you? A home automation system could very well be the answer you’re looking for. With the ability to keep an eye on things when you’re not around, lock and unlock doors as needed from wherever you may be, and even schedule your air conditioner, life as you know it is about to get so much better.
Before you rush out and buy the first home automation system from your local big box store, take some time to determine what you really need out of your home automation. What features would help your family the most? How would you like to operate those features? Perhaps most importantly, how do you expect to install, set up, and test your smart home options?
Let’s consider some of the most popular options first, and then we’ll take a look at some smart home features you may not have considered yet.
Automated Lighting Systems
Smart lighting was one of the first automated options available to consumers with the introduction of the Intermatic Time-All in 1952. We’ve come a long way since this plug-in version that families used to switch on the living room lamp to give the illusion of being home while on vacation.
Today’s smart lighting is connected by WiFi or Bluetooth and can be controlled by app or by voice. You can create schedules, set up motion detectors, or just ask for a little more light wherever you need it. Your smart lighting can be installed in a single room or throughout the entire house. You can even connect outdoor lighting for security or a little ambiance when entertaining.
Automated HVAC Systems
When it comes to automating the climate within your home, the most popular products may not necessarily be the best for your specific needs. The latest automated thermostats offer a wide range of options, from voice control to remote access through smartphone apps. You can set up schedules for warmth or air conditioning at various times of the day, save energy by manipulating the temperature through the app while you’re away on vacation, or even call across the room to adjust the heating when you don’t want to walk across the cold floor.
Smart Security Systems
Perhaps the most comforting of home automation is the smart security system. Many systems come with motion detectors, internal and external cameras, alarm sensors for doors and windows, shatter sensors, and more. The extent of your home protection is, of course, entirely up to you. How you control these tools can also be tailored to your specific needs, including WiFi cameras, cellular alert systems, smartphone app controls, and even spoken commands through a smart center.
While most of these items can be purchased separately at big box or home improvement stores and installed with the assistance of user manuals, you may discover that working with a professional is the best option. This is especially true if you plan to automate several parts of your life, as a professional installer with cutting-edge equipment can ensure everything works together as it should.