We’ve all done it; we rush out of the house only to get halfway to our destination and think “Did I lock the door?” Or sometimes we have that nagging feeling we forgot something, like turning off the oven. Then, of course, you’re left with few options. Do you turn around and go back home to check? Call someone to stop by your house? Or, do you let that feeling distract you from the rest of your day? With home automation, these worries are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Whether you’re away on vacation, out of town on business, or simply running late for work, a streamlined home automation setup can put you at ease and save you valuable time and energy.
Smart homes are hardly a new idea, but with today’s grasp on technology, the dream of having a home with voice activated, color-changing lights, a remote garage door control you can access from anywhere, and a security system you can monitor with the touch of a button, are right at our fingertips. You can control everything, from your home’s appliances, to the individual outlets, and your doors locks, all from an app.
This isn’t just convenient; it’s practical and reassuring. But the key to a smoothly running home automation system is continuity. Let’s look at some of the ways you can automate your home without a headache.
Home Security System
Home security is essential to any homeowner. No matter what, feeling safe and in control of your space is a crucial part of letting go of the anxiety and distraction today’s world can cause. While we are seeing smart technology, such as app-interfaced security systems, being built into newer constructions, just about anyone can upgrade their residence. By adding in security such as CCTV (closed-circuit TV), you can use an app to check your security cameras from anywhere. Lock or unlock the doors from the comfort of the couch, or from work when someone has lost their key. With door locking automation, you can ditch that bulky key ring all together.
Reminders and Schedules
Sometimes we are in a hurry, and we forget things sure, but that’s not the only benefit of home automation. Security schedules can help keep your house locked and secure when needed, and open and welcoming when wanted, without having to think about it each day. Taking something routine like that off your plate frees up room in your mind and your day to focus on other things. Other uses might include the lights coming on at a scheduled time when you aren’t home till late, turning the air conditioner off each night, or setting a reminder to open the back door for the dog walker.
When you first move into a new home, it can be difficult to get into a new security routine—forgetting to lock the inner garage door at night, for example. We tend not to think too much about that point of entry; the garage is locked after all. But it’s a lot easier to bypass that larger outside door than a properly secured inner door. Set yourself a reminder to lock it each time you leave for work until it’s part of your routine
Clean up Your Notification Allowances and Enable Home Automation Alerts
It can feel like we are inundated with notifications some days. Go into your phone’s settings and turn off those pesky ones that don’t serve you. By clearing out the minutia you make room for important alerts, such as your security camera being activated by movement. You can set an alert to catch your attention any time that inner garage door is opened without your permission. Don’t set security alerts for everything though, or you’ll find the same avalanche of spam happening again.
Focus on the Important Things First
Sure, rainbow flashing lights in the bathroom sound great for an upbeat shower, and turning on the TV without looking for the remote is tempting and delightfully possible. However, investing in your home’s security first will pay off in the long run. Front, back, and inner garage door locks should be at the top of your list. This allows you to control, on schedule or manually, the points of entry that previously made your home vulnerable. CCTV pointed towards those doors, on the inside or outside, should accompany those locks eventually, providing another level of protection. Once you’ve secured the home and added a few conveniences, it’s time to really see what fun you can have with your smart house systems.
Through Wi-Fi and data, your phone can become your key ring, your planner, and your peace of mind, all in one app. Gone are the days of having too much to remember or feeling distracted with doubt. From the garage door control, to the securely streamed security cameras, to dependable home lighting and heating, home automation is a huge step in organizing your life and home.
Use a Home Automation Service
While the technology to live like the Jetsons exists, we don’t all have the natural skills to use it. New innovations are produced each day that push the limits we thought we were stuck within. Using a service provides you with support, updates, customization, and access to efficient smart technology devices and apps. What better way to acquaint yourself with a less anxious life than having a professional guide to get you started?
Your home automation technician will help you tailor a system to your specific needs and will be there to offer suggestions you may not have considered.
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