For decades now, we’ve toyed with the idea of a future with more convenience, more security, and more time to enjoy it. Over the last several years we’ve seen a boom toward the quintessential ‘Smart Home’ that would automate the lights, the security, the appliances, feeding the dog, locking the doors, turning on the television, and more. A home equipped with built-in automation to make your life easier, simpler, and safer. In the last decade we’ve begun seeing that future come to fruition.
What is available in-home automation today, how accessible is it, and how does it fit into your life? To begin with, home automation is simply linking your home’s devices and appliances through the internet, making each one controllable through a personal device, or voice command. Home automation can come in a package, usually through a professional company, or can be purchased piecemeal based on your family’s needs. Learning what your household’s patterns and needs are will give insight into how home automation can best serve you.
Ask yourself, what does your lifestyle require from a smart home system? Let’s look into some of the most popular Smart technology options updating your living space to a smart space, and what their purposes are best suited for.
One of the easiest ways to begin your home automation journey is with lighting. Having the ability to control the lights in your home is life changing. Gone are the days of forgetting to leave a light on for your dogs or coming home to a dark house. Never having to get out of bed to turn the light off again or worry that your kids have left every light source in the house on once everyone is away. Smart lights come in a variety of styles including standard bulbs, color changing, LED strips, and more. Set your homes lighting up with timers or simply adjust them from your phone. As a bonus to its convenience, an investment into automated lighting will show it’s return in your power bill. How can remote controllable lighting help you and your family? Asking yourself this is the first step to finding what kind of lighting will have the biggest impact.
For some, appliance automation is the solution to many of the struggles of today’s busy lifestyles. Ovens that can be set to preheat from your phone, a fridge that keeps up with your groceries, or a hands free entertainment unit, can all become time and stress savers for busy parents and workaholics alike.
On the smaller scale we also see a lot of minor devices become automated, such as pet feeders, countertop cooking systems, and robot vacuums. There’s really no limit to the everyday tasks that you can simplify when automating. And by simplifying your daily tasks, you free up that much time for enjoyable and relaxing moments.
Your home’s security is no longer in the hands of someone else. With a few important devices and the right system, you can have complete control of indoor and outdoor cameras, lights, motion detection and more, at the touch of a button. Security goes beyond the alarm when you have the ability to lock your doors, power on and off your lights, secure your windows, all remotely. Some systems measure carbon monoxide levels, sending alerts straight to your phone.
Door cameras ensure your packages are delivered safely and you never miss a caller. Pet cameras allow you to keep up with, and even call, your furry friends during long work hours. Set your outer doors to auto lock at the same time each night, never having to pull yourself out of your cozy bed and trudge to the front door again. Never again wonder if that security system is really working or allowing all the data to go to a company you have to pay a monthly fee for.
As our heating and cooling needs change from season to season, we often see an adjustment period, usually reflected in our bill. With thermostat control you can set your thermostat for specific scheduling, control it manually from your smart device, or use voice commands to adjust it hands free. Few things in our home empty our wallets the way energy bills do, so upgrading your thermostat is a must.
The luxury of a hands-free heating and air system is palpable. Take your trip without stress! Leave timers and schedules set, or you can manually adjust the temperature from your phone.
As new technologies become the standard in our lives, we often see the old way become obsolete. It wasn’t too long ago that having a home entertainment system meant a DVD player and a subwoofer. With the technology available now, you can create a fully automated home theater right in your living room. In one place and on one device you can control sound, screen, playback, and all the extras. Get that real movie theater feel with automated stage curtains, discrete floor lighting, and even a hide away projector screen.
And it doesn’t stop with movies, smart speakers can help you achieve a stadium sound right in your own home as you rock out in the shower, the kitchen, or even your backyard.
It can seem a little overwhelming to think about every light bulb and device in your home needing to be replaced just so you can have convenience and security. But what if you didn’t have to go through all that? Instead start with a few smart outlets. These outlets allow you to turn any item plugged into it on and off with your voice or app. Aside from turning regular devices into smart tech, these outlets are another money saving automation. Once you have turned the outlet off, everything plugged in will also turn off.
Are you ready to make your life simpler and set up home automation? Are you still wondering about where to start to make home automation simple and easy for you? Contact Grand Slam A/V & Security to get started with personalizing your home automation to your needs.